Meet The First Transgender Bride featured On Say Yes To The Dress

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I was watching TLC’s ‘Say Yes to The Dress’ and was excited to see that TLC made a leap in the right direction by featuring their first transgender bride! A total win for the LGBTQ+ community. I was even more excited when I realized that I recognized the bride! Gabriella is my old high school boyfriend’s cousin and I had spent a lot of time with her when I was younger (and still lived in NJ!). Being the wonderful and awesome human being she is, she let me pick her brain and learn more about her experience on the show.

Meet Gabriella Gibson, a 33-year-old hair stylist from Pennsauken, New Jersey.

 

 

What does being “transgender” mean?
Transgender is when in your mind you identify as one gender and it does not correspond with the gender you were assigned at birth.

 

When did you know and feel that your gender was different than your sex?
I knew at a very young age. I was 5 years old when I really started noticing something was different about me. It was kind of scary. But as I got older I found my way.

 

How smoothly was your transition? 
In the beginning, it was kind of rough. The only kind of makeup I knew how to do was drag makeup, and I was kind of muscular so it took some time for my hormones to really soften my appearance. So it was kind of a rocky start but I was very fortunate to have amazing friends and family who helped me through everything.

How did your family react to you coming out as transgender?
My family was shocked but they are SO supportive of me. When I told my mother, she basically said that she knew this day was coming but didn’t know when. My dad is an absolute saint, he was upset but I was an adult when I started my transition and there wasn’t much he could say. So, my parents, siblings, and extended family have had my back ever since.

 

What would you say to someone who is scared about transitioning or coming out?
The best advice I can give someone is to really know and love yourself. This is a hard lifestyle to live. However, there are tons of great resources available now to help get you through the beginning stages of transition. And to parents of young transgender children, be open minded and show compassion and instead of suppressing your child’s feelings. Take the time to learn and research with them. Approach this new journey with an open mind and an open heart the real people will stick around.

 

How did you meet your fiance?
We met through mutual on Facebook. Jaden reconnected with my best friend from Delaware and he just started asking her about me, and then he messaged me. It has been us against the world since then.

 

What do you love most about your fiance?
He is the exact opposite of me, and he makes sure that I’m comfortable. He makes me feel safe and beautiful (even when I’m having a bad day) and he is very responsible. We love each other unconditionally.

 

 

How are you preparing for the wedding?
Jaden is the big Planner! He just wants us to have a perfect wedding. He’s a graphic designer and is taking care of all the details. He told me to focus on organizing the bridesmaids, picking the colors, and to make sure I’m calm and relaxed on our special day. So, I’ve been working out, getting my glam squad together, and working hard to make sure everything is paid off on time.

 

What was your Say Yes to The Dress experience like?
It has to have been one of the most exciting moments of my life! I have always been such a big fan of the show. As soon as I got engaged I knew I wanted to go to Kleinfeld Bridal, just to get the experience of being there. I took a chance submitted an application and a week later, I was picked to be on the show. The crew was amazing and Shay and Randy were a dream to work with. As a transgender woman, I had such a positive experience.

 

What wedding dress did you decide upon?
I fell in love with an ivory satin sheath fit and flare gown with an infused glitter lace overlay made by my favorite designer, Pnina Tornai.

 

 

Who came with you to Kleinfeld?
I brought three members of my bridal party— My Maid of Honor, Shanae Morgan, my Bridesman, Jose Corrigan, my Bridesmaid, Sierra Feliciano. And I can’t forget the most important person, my mom, Dr. Frances Colon Gibson!

 

How do you think you being the first transgender woman to be featured on Say Yes to The Dress impacts the LGBTQ+ community? 
I believe that being on the show has brought more visibility to the community. I just wanted to show the world that we (transgenders) are just normal people who want to be love and can be loved openly and honestly by someone. That we don’t to settle on just being someone’s dirty little secret. I’m Gabrielle Gibson and I am loved openly and honestly by Jaden Rogers. We as people should all know that feeling. I’m glad I got to show the world how happy I am.

 

How many more days till your wedding?
198 days until we are Mr & Mrs. Gibson!! #TheGibsons2017

 

 

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27 Comments

  1. daniella

    My wife is trans so of course i love this post. And I love TLC.

    21 . Apr . 2017
  2. Barbara

    I love this so much! Great job and she is awesome!

    21 . Apr . 2017
  3. Kaitlin

    Awwww – makes my heart so happy!! Thanks so much for sharing – I don’t usually watch TLC, so I would have never seen this!

    – Kaitlin
    kedgotwed.com

    21 . Apr . 2017
  4. Chloe

    This is so sweet. Love the dress and love that they made everyone feel so welcome!

    21 . Apr . 2017
  5. Shelby

    Very pretty dress. Not something I would’ve watched so I wouldn’t have known if it weren’t for this post

    21 . Apr . 2017
  6. Charlotte

    Oh, my goodness… I love this post so much <3 I have watched episodes of this show and it ALWAYS makes me weepy… it's just so beautiful to follow along on these couples' journeys and see their love for one another. And the dress she picked is stunning. She looks like a beautiful bride (and shout-out to another Jersey Girl!).

    21 . Apr . 2017
  7. Sydney

    Wow that is so amazing, I love say yes to the dress but I seem to have missed this episode! How amazing!

    21 . Apr . 2017
  8. Beth

    I want to watch this episode now! She is going to be such a beautiful bride!

    21 . Apr . 2017
  9. Kim Airhart

    Oh my gosh! I love this. She is a stunning bride.

    21 . Apr . 2017
  10. elly leavitt

    omg how cool you got to interview her!! and what a beautiful dress. yay for making small steps towards progress! x

    21 . Apr . 2017
  11. Lauren Becker

    Thanks so much for sharing. I love Say Yes to the Dress, so I’m excited that they finally featured someone who is transgender. I just pinned this post for others to find!

    -Lauren
    http://www.shootingstarsmag.blogspot.com

    21 . Apr . 2017
  12. Kristin Divers

    Congratulations and Best wishes. I hope you got the dress of your dreams and that you enjoy your wedding day!

    21 . Apr . 2017
  13. Nicole

    This is so awesome!! I love the dress she chose.

    21 . Apr . 2017
  14. Jenny

    How cool is this? I love that show and I’m so happy that they’re being progressive.

    21 . Apr . 2017
  15. Sara Strand

    She is stunning.

    And I don’t know what it says that yet again, I would be upstaged by another gorgeous transgender. I can barely get my hair into a pony tail and she’s all gorgeous. LOL!

    21 . Apr . 2017
  16. SC

    What a great interview! It’s lovely to see the couple so happy and that the show helped her find the dress of her dreams. 🙂
    xo, SC // SCsScoop.com

    22 . Apr . 2017
  17. Cheryl

    Moving story. it’s great that she has her family’s support, and good job TLC for selecting her. She’s gorgeous!

    22 . Apr . 2017
  18. Rachel R Ritlop

    Awe this is so sweet! Love the dress

    22 . Apr . 2017
  19. the sofieyah diaries

    This is such an eye-opening q&a! The bride to be looks amazing!!

    http://thesofieyahdiaries.com/fashion/porcelain-flowers

    22 . Apr . 2017
  20. Bella B (xoxoBella)

    I love this! This show is entertaining to watch sometimes. You realize you aren’t the only one with a crazy family!

    22 . Apr . 2017
  21. Courtney

    I love watching Say Yes to the Dress! I am so glad they are incorporating everyone! This is so cool that you got to interview her!!

    22 . Apr . 2017
  22. Candice Nikeia

    THIS IS AMAZING! I am so excited to read this. She is so gorgeous and her and her fiancé make a beautiful couple!

    23 . Apr . 2017
  23. McKenna Bleu

    I want to watch this episode! That dress is absolutely beautiful!

    24 . Apr . 2017
  24. Anna

    This is amazing, I hope more TV programs start to follow suit! Gabrielle is an inspiration!

    24 . Apr . 2017
  25. Silvia

    Omg this is great! I can’t wait to watch this episode.

    24 . Apr . 2017
  26. Greta

    How did I miss this episode! Her dress is so pretty.

    Greta | http://www.gretahollar.com

    24 . Apr . 2017
  27. Cameron - Diary of a Southern Millennial

    This is so great! I always loved TLC and HGTV for always doing stuff like this, and it is amazing that you knew her! The dress she chose is beautiful!

    25 . Apr . 2017

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