Designer Nats Getty has come out as trans and nonbinary on social media.
"This is a very emotional and exciting day for me," Getty wrote in an Instagram post. "I am so nervous as I type this, but I know the time is now." Getty has worked as a model, designer, and activist, working closely with GLAAD.
"I am transgender, non-binary," they wrote. "I have spent my entire life not in sync with the body I was born with and confined by an outward appearance that did not match my mind or my soul. It wasn't until recently that I was even comfortable admitting this to myself, once I was able to look inwards and truly reflect on my authentic self."
In addition to the post, Getty's partner in marriage Gigi Gorgeous posted a video to her YouTube channel that chronicles Getty's process of getting top surgery in San Francisco. In the Instagram note, Getty writes that the surgery is something they wanted "for years" and also acknowledges that it is a privilege to have the option. Some, who need life-affirming surgeries like top surgery, can't afford it.
"While I feel so blessed to be able to start my transition surrounded by love and support, it's not lost on me the many people who are having to navigate this alone and in silence," they wrote. 'To those on the road to self-discover please know it can be a long process and there is no need to rush it. Allow yourself the time and space to find who you truly are. This process comes with a lot of highs and lows, some of which can be scary."
Getty's partner, Gorgeous, is also trans as is their close friend RuPaul's Drag Race season 13 contestant Kade Gottlieb, who does drag under the name Gottmik. Both Gorgeous and Gottlieb have posted their support. The namesake foundation of Nats' mother, Ariadne Getty, reposted the message to their Instagram account. Nats is an advisor to that foundation.
"My physical transition is new, so I'm taking my time to discover my most authentic self and which pronouns best suit me," Nats wrote. "But for now, I know one thing is for certain: I am Nats. To my trans brothers and sisters and non-binary family: I am here for you, I am here with you, and I love you." In the accompanying YouTube video, Nats revealed that they plan to get a chest tattoo to cover up their scars once things heal.