On Tuesday, a television reporter in Iowa came out as transgender during a live broadcast.
Nora J.S. Reichardt, 24, began working for the state’s Local 5 News in 2021 and has been transitioning since September of that same year. The legal name change was made official on Tuesday, but according to Reichardt, family and friends have been using the new name for “a decent span of time.”
“It’s hard to describe how it feels to finally share that,” Reichardt tweeted following the news. “For a long time, my own body felt foreign and wrong to me, and transitioning has been the first time I’ve felt like myself in my 24 years of life.”
Reichardt said that her job was partially responsible for the realization that she was transgender. “Why was I so unhappy every time I saw myself on air? Why didn’t I like how that person looked? And the answer I finally figured out is actually pretty simple—that wasn’t really me. Now, I’m happier than I ever thought was possible!” she said.
Reichardt said that meeting with Delaware Democratic state Sen. Sarah McBride, the first transgender woman to hold a state Senate seat, during her sophomore year at Drake University, left a “powerful” impression on her.
“When [McBride] visited Drake during my sophomore year, she was the first out trans person I’d ever seen. That experience was so powerful for me—I may not be a state senator, but I hope my story can be helpful to someone out there in a similar position!”
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