A transgender teen is campaigning to break down gender stereotypes with a music video inspired by idol Justin Bieber.
Singer song-writer Jordan O’Gorman created the video based on his own experiences as transgender through charity Fixers in the hope to inspire body confidence and promote acceptance.
Jordan, who was born a girl called Hannah, decided to accept his male identity aged 14 while studying at The Academy at Shotton Hall.
One weekend, the 18-year-old Justin Bieber lookalike chopped his long hair off in exchange for one of Bieber’s dos and swapped his skirt for trousers, turning up at school on Monday as ‘Jordan’ to mixed reaction from friends and peers.
“Growing up, I felt like I was trapped in the wrong body,” he said.
“I wanted to go and play football with the boys instead of playing with dolls.
“As I got older I bought my first baseball hat- which is the same as Bieber’s- and tried it on at home in my bedroom.
“I longed to be able to go out dressed like this, like how I truly felt inside, but I was worried about what people would think.”
Jordan has now been living as a boy for three years, but said the transition was tough.
“Everyone was stunned,” he said.
“They couldn’t believe I was the same person.
“I think my close friends had seen it coming, but for people who didn’t know me, it was a shock.
“It took me a long time to build up the confidence to do it, so I wanted to act fast before I changed my mind.”
The artist from Peterlee, is now booked in to have testosterone therapy to change his body into a man’s and one day hopes to have gender re-assignment surgery.
“I’m taking it one step at a time,” he said.
“I’d also like to have my breasts removed but fortunately they’re very small so I don’t have to bind them down.”
Jordan is frequently compared to Canadian pop star Justin Bieber – a comparison he loves as it gives him the recognition he has craved.
“I’m a huge fan of Justin’s,” he said.
“As I grew up he was my inspiration.
“I plastered his posters over my walls and desperately wished I could be just like him.
“He is really comfortable with himself and proper confident-that’s what I aspire to.”
The sports and leisure student at study programme Catch 22 in Peterlee, said it was while at Catch 22 in 2014 that charity Fixers came to speak to students to tell them about their work in giving young people a voice and help them to campaign on issues they feel strongly about.
It was through the charity Jordan launched his campaign to end transphobic abuse with his very own rap single aiming to beat the bullies from his school days.
“Some pupils began bullying me, calling me ‘she/he’,” Jordan said.
“It was hard to deal with and over time it eroded my self-esteem.”
The former footballer wrote and produced a two-minute song; ‘Just Be Me’ with support from the charity Fixers as a way of campaigning to end discrimination against the transgender community.
Funded by the Big Lottery Fund, a Fixers producer shot the video featuring Jordan, which has reached more than 1,000 views on YouTube since it launched earlier this month.
In the song he urges people to stand up to transphobic and homophobic abuse.
“Nobody should ever have to feel singled out in life- that’s the message I’m trying to get across,” he said.
“I had to have a meeting to discuss what I wanted to do and then a producer from Fixers came down from Scotland and shot the music video.
“I wrote the song before I joined Fixers and it aims to raise awareness and follows my own story.”
The song describes how the bullies at school should feel and the feelings of the victims.
Despite some negative comments, Jordan said the response has been mostly positive with some people getting in touch to share their own experiences and seek advice.
“I just tell them to keep their head held high and be strong and focused,” he said.
Jordan plans to continue with his campaign and is striving towards a music career after college.
“That would be a dream come true,” he said.
“I have wanted to be a singer since I was six.”
Jordan’s mum Claire O’Gorman, 37, said she’d always known Jordan was different.
“ Growing up he wasn’t into girly things – he just wanted to play with the boys,” she said.
“When he told me that he thought he could be transgender, I was shocked, but I knew something was coming.
“I promised to support him no matter what because at the end of the day, he’s still my child and it doesn’t matter what gender he is, as long as he’s happy.”
To find out more about Fixers visit: www.fixers.org.uk