childhoods

Tabatha Coffey: From Growing Up Around Trans Strippers To Tabatha’s Salon Takeover

Growing up in that environment… It really taught me that you have to be authentic. Here I was, dealing with men that wanted to be women, and truly believed that they were women. You can debate it all you want, but I believe it’s a physiological thing, and that’s the process they were going through. These transsexuals lived as women, so they were going through hormone replacements, some of them had operations, but they were just so incredibly authentic, and so real, and so honest about it and lived their life the way they truly wanted to live it, and how they felt and the person they wanted to be. Being a really young child, that was such a huge lesson for me cause it taught me how incredibly important it is to be you…and to be OK with being you. That’s the difference. Some people aren’t OK with being who they are.

—Tabatha Coffeey, the lesbian host of Bravo’s Tabatha’s Salon Takeover, tells Nate Berkus today about the importance of growing up in world where her parents ram trans strip clubs