“I didn’t think there was room for me”

Nora JS Reichardt aimed to make her story as “accessible as possible” when she shared with viewers that she was a trans woman. (Provided/WOI-TV)

Reporter from Iowa, who came out as trans on Live, says she felt ‘responsible’ to do so because she plays a supporting role where she can tackle fake news about the community LGBTQ+.

On the same day Nora JS Reichardt legally changed her name (October 5), she opened up to viewers to share that she was a trans woman.

The television journalist for Local 5 News in Des Moines, Iowa, says she spoke to a lot of people to discuss what the announcement would look like.

“Above all, I was willing to share my experience because I wanted to be educated, and I wanted it to be accessible to an audience that doesn’t typically hear trans voices on a platform like this,” he said. she declared. PinkNews.

Working alongside her press team, Nora said her colleagues went “over the top” to ensure her story was as “accessible as possible” to many people.

But before coming out, she worried about whether she would be able to be herself in a work environment that typically has “very rigid expectations of what talent is.”

“I felt for a moment that there would be no place for me to do this and I’ve never been happier to be wrong.

“I just got so much incredible support from the industry and other trans people.”

Reporter for Local 5 News in Des Moines, Iowa, Nora JS Reichardt. (Nora JS Reichardt)

Going out publicly means Nora has been subjected to an equal amount of supportive and supportive comments online, but she says she’s never been targeted by negativity in person.

She says her strong support system at work and in her social group has helped her stay strong.

Before opening up to her parents, the 24-year-old told her workplace that she was trans. The first thing they asked was, “How can we help you be yourself on air.”

Upon her return from annual leave in early October, Nora happily recalls her newsroom changing everything to her new name and also giving her a “welcome” bag containing nail polish, rings, eyeshadow and a necklace.

“I don’t think I would have been able to do this if I was afraid of losing my job for having this conversation.

“The fact that I knew my team actively wanted me to do this made this seemingly impossible goal so much more achievable.

“I know other trans people don’t have that protection or the level of coverage that I had. I felt like I had more responsibility to do something with this platform because I knew I was safe from the kind of consequences that other trans people might feel.

Nora with her mom and dad. (Nora JS Reichardt)

The hardest part of Nora’s journey so far has been revealing her parents, who have only known for a few weeks.

“Preparing mentally and emotionally for this conversation was tough. I never thought they were going to disown me or anything like that, but there’s no one in the world who knows me better than my parents. .

On second thought, Nora wished she’d told them sooner.

“They’re interested in learning more about this new life I’m living and I can’t thank them enough.”

“A seat at the table”

Last year was recorded as the deadliest year on record for anti-trans violence with at least 57 trans, non-binary or gender diverse people – many of whom are trans people of color – violently killed

“It can be a scary time for a lot of people. Although it’s a black spot right now, I think at the same time it’s getting there, says Nora.

“I have never been put in a situation where I felt my health and well-being was at risk and I hope that becomes true in many other places, but there is certainly still work to be done. .”

“Having a seat at the table” in the newsroom is something Nora is “grateful” for as it offers her the opportunity to debunk misinformation and correct often-skewed narratives.

“A lot of times the misinformation about people like me is because people aren’t exposed to people like me.

“I’m in the best position to show people back home that we’re not scary, I have no sinister intent or anything like that.

“I’m still the same journalist, the same person I always was, I’m just a little happier with what I’m doing.”

Nora JS Reichardt
Nora aimed to make her story as “accessible as possible” when she shared with viewers that she was a trans woman. (Nora JS Reichardt)

In terms of news covering the trans community, Nora says there has to be a balance. She mentioned that Boston Children’s Hospital was the victim of a bomb threat due to a misinformation campaign.

Nora shared how “discouraging” it is to feel that the only people talking about trans issues are trans people.

“I want to shed more light on these kinds of stories.

“I hope I can try to get people’s attention and help them understand better that this is the reality for a lot of people.”

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