My name is Deborah Richards.
Before I joined TruFusion in January, I was unhealthy and out of shape. My first class was a TruYin with Zeek, and I was hooked! I started off with this class once a week and slowly built up by adding TRX, Barre, and then Hot Pilates + Sculpt. I continued to try more and more classes over the year, and now I go every day. Not only have I lost 55 pounds, I have pretty much completely transformed.
Eight months ago I started the transition from male to female. I “officially” came out at the Emmy® Award Ceremony as a transgender director where I won four student production EMMYS® for my 2014 sci-fi short titled BOY MEETS GIRL.
For years I struggled with the decision to choose a career as a writer and director or to be true to my self and my transition. It took the support of my friends and school to make me realize that I can have both. It was then that I made the decision to be a role model and a trailblazer filmmaker with the simple message that anyone can shine.
Transforming almost overnight from the least at risk demographic as tall, white male to one of the most at risk demographics was, is, and continues to be a trip.
But as I slowly upped my classes from once a week to every day, TruFusion became my safe haven. 2015 has been an amazing year for me both personally and professionally, and TruFusion has been a crucial part of my success throughout it all.
I could not be happier with the culture, courtesy and nonjudgmental nature of the staff and, most importantly, the physical results that I have achieved in such a short amount of time. I am now in the best shape of my life.
DID YOU KNOW?
There are an estimated 700,000 people in the United States who identify as transgender.
An estimated 41% of transgender people attempt suicide, and 1 in 12 are murdered.
The youngest person to have undergone reassignment surgery was 16 years old.
18 U.S. states have clear laws protecting transgender people.
What's Next For Deborah?
Check out Deborah’s film BOY MEETS GIRL Friday, October 9th at the CSN Cheyenne Campus. Doors for the FREE screening open at 6 p.m. with a filmmaker Q&A after the screening.
Stay tuned for Deborah’s next project: SEND HOLLYWOOD MY LOVE.