Five years since coming out as transgender, Filipino musician Jake Zyrus proudly shared the results of his transition on Instagram.
On February 19, he posted a shirtless photo on his feed for the first time. With it, the singer wrote an honest and heartwarming caption about his transition, and finally being happy with his body.
"Pinag-isipan kong maigi kung ipo-post ko ba 'to. Kasi lagi kong iniisip kung anong sasabihin ng ibang tao," he wrote. "Sa ilang taon na nag-transition ako, masaya ako sa naging takbo ng buhay ko, pero lagi parin akong nai-insecure sa katawan ko. Siguro dahil na rin sa standard ng karamihan.
"Pero ngayon, palalayain ko na lahat yun. Pagtawanan mo o hindi, hindi mo alam ang sakit, iyak at mga dugo na pinagdaanan ko bago ako nagkaroon ng confidence na buong buo ko i-post ito."
Jake started hormone replacement therapy and underwent chest reconstruction surgery in 2017. The same year, he officially discontinued the use of his birth name, Charice Pempengco, and began going by Jake Zyrus.
In the post, the singer also explained that the sole aim of his post is to share his progress and inspire others—especially his fellow trans people.
"Masaya ako at gusto ko lang ipakita sa inyo na eto ako. Sa wakas, komportable sa nakikita ko. Hindi ako humihingi ng opinyon. Para ito sa mga kapwa ko transgender. Kung naghahanap kayo ng sign o confidence para ipakita at maging proud sa kung sino ka, tara sasabayan kita. Para sayo to," he said.
"Kung hindi ka man handa pa, okay lang din yun. Lahat yan may tamang panahon."
Signing off, Jake wrote, "Well. This is me guys. Mahal ko kayong lahat."
We're so happy for you, Jake!
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