Transgender former WWE star Gabbi Tuft says she 'faced a massive fear of coming out'
Gabbi Tuft was very scared of coming out as transgender - and that's exactly why she's so open about her trip.
“There have been so many emotional trauma that I've been through. I was really scared of coming out, ”the 42-year-old told Yahoo during Pride Evolution, a one-hour livestream. “My business, Body Spartan, is 90 percent male, and I was what you would call the 'alpha male' when I was male. To get from one end of the spectrum to the soft, delicate woman, I was so scared that I would lose everything. "
More than anyone, Tuft feared the reaction of loved ones, including her nearly 20-year-old wife, Priscilla.
"My family, my wife, my daughter, my friends - [I thought] they would all reject me," explains Tuft. "I've had many, many dark nights thinking about suicide and I was very, very close to pulling the trigger many times."
Tuft's experience with mental health issues is not uncommon, especially among transgender people. According to the Trevor Project, a national study found that 40 percent of transgender adults reported attempting suicide, with 25 percent of those attempting suicide before they were 25 years old.
Fortunately, “fans and family had full support from the start,” said Tuft, noting, “My wife loves me for who I am, and she's the same woman who loved me when I was a man. My daughter fully accepts me and supports me. ”But it is also the way she feels about herself that has changed profoundly and explains that she“ has never felt so free in my whole life ” and that their entire perspective of the world around them has changed.
Today, happy and healthy, Tuft wants to use her position as a prominent figure in the transgender community to help others.
"When I know what I've been through, there are other people, whether transgender, male or female, or somewhere in between, I don't want anyone to have to deal with it," says Tuft. "We should live in a society in which a transgender is not afraid of coming out, but should be celebrated."
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