Meet the white transgender person who says they are also 'transracial'

Filipinos Aren't Happy With This White Woman Claiming To Be Filipina

Meet the white transgender person who says they are also 'transracial'

A man who was born white is now claiming he is actually "transracial" and Filipino.

The Tampa man who changed his name from Adam to Ja Du says being around Filipino culture makes him feel like he is in his own skin.

Ja Du is part of a small but growing number of people who call themselves transracial.

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.

'Whenever I'm around the music, around the food, I feel like I'm in my own skin, ' he said to WTSP.

Ja Du is a Filipino transgender person - or at least they say they are.

He says he realised from an early age that he was "transracial" - which means that despite being born into one race or ethnicity he identifies and lives his daily life as another.

"I think if you're unhappy with who you are, and you change yourself for the better and that makes you happy, go for it", he said. All they want to do is throw themselves into that culture and celebrate it'.

"Ja Du says he has yet to come out to his family as Filipino, because he's anxious they'll laugh at him".

However, Ja Du a Pinay may be taking things a little too far.

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Scheckner added to WTSP that detractors should be more understanding: "I think before we get offended, we need to take a step back and think about what is the harm".

In Ja Du's case that brings another big change.

According to Schreckner, if one is going to have such drastic change, he should talk to a professional.

Ja Du's transracial identity is not the first case to garner media attention.

He also told USA TODAY he identifies as transsexual and is considering changing his gender as well, which he has spoken to his family about.

Ja Du a Pinay told reporters that he really enjoys the culture of the Filipinos and all things related.

"I believe people will [take advantage] just like other people have taken advantage of their identity to get their way, but the difference between me and them ... is that I don't want that", he told WTSP.

"I believe we all have the freedoms to pursue happiness in our ways", he said.

The term was normally used to describe someone (or a couple) of a certain race adopting a baby of another race. Okay-I might exaggerate a little bit, but that's pretty much the story of the main antagonist.

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