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White Florida Transgender Native Also Transracial, Identifies As Filipino

14 November 2017

The Tampa resident, whose birth name was Adam, now goes by the name of Ja Du.

It refers to someone born one race, but identifies with another.

'My family knows about my transsexuality but they don't know anything about this, ' said Ja Du who did not elaborate.

Ja Du, who drives a Filipino Tuk Tuk for everyday use, told WTSP that he grew up feeling like he had a special connection to Filipino culture, but at the time of the interview the Florida man had not told yet his family about his identity, because he anxious they would not understand, especially after Dolezal faced ridicule.

Some wonder if he's identifying as Filipino to get things he wouldn't as a white person, the station said - but Ja Du said that's not the case.

Adam, who has withheld his "old" surname now identifies as a Filipino called Ja Du. "I'd watch the History Channel, sometimes for hours. nothing else intrigued me more but things about Filipino culture", he said.

"If someone feels that they feel at home with a certain religion, a certain race, a certain culture, I think that if that's who they really feel inside life is about finding out who you are". She was the former president of the Spokane, Washington, chapter of NAACP but when it was revealed that she was a white woman, she was forced to step down.

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Stacey Scheckner - a licensed psychologist with a doctorate from Florida State - told WTSP she hasn't had a client who identified with a different race but has worked with those wanting to change their bodies.

She continued: "And, as long as it's not hurting yourself or anyone else, I don't see a problem with that".

"If that's who they are and they want to celebrate it and enjoy it, then you have to think what harm is it doing? All they want to do is throw themselves into that culture and celebrate it", she said.

The revision concedes Ja Du has him worrying how others will react to him living as a Filipino man, while insisting he wants people to understand he's honest. He is also transsexual and is considering changing his gender as well.

It's not his intention to appropriate anyone's culture, he maintains.

"I don't want that", he said.

White Florida Transgender Native Also Transracial, Identifies As Filipino