Who is Tommy Dorfman's husband, Peter Zurkuhlen? 13 Reasons Why actor's partner profiled

Leigh McManus July 22, 2021
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Who is Tommy Dorfman’s husband, Peter Zurkuhlen? People are wondering after the 13 Reasons Why star came out as trans in a candid interview with Time magazine, released today, 22 July.

Who is Tommy Dorfman?

Tommy Dorfman is an actor perhaps most well-known for her portrayal of Ryan Shaver in the dramatic Netflix hit, 13 Reasons Why.

Dorfman was born and raised as a man in Atlanta, Georgia, to a Jewish family. Dorfman graduated from Fordham University’s drama program in 2015 with a B.A. in theatre arts.

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Two years after graduating, she got the gig playing Ryan Shaver in 13 Reasons Why. Ryan is the subject of Tape 8, where he was responsible for stealing a poem she wrote noting her personal problems and publishing it in the school newspaper without her consent.

Also in 2017, Dorfman helped design a fashion collection with ASOS, and, in was honoured with the Rising Star Award by GLAAD, a non-governmental media monitoring organization, founded as a protest against defamatory coverage of LGBT people.

Why is she in the news?

Dorfman publicly discussed her transition for the first time in an interview with novelist Torrey Peters published by Time on Thursday, saying, “For a year now, I have been privately identifying and living as a woman — a trans woman.”

“It’s funny to think about coming out, because I haven’t gone anywhere,” she continued. “I view today as a reintroduction to me as a woman, having made a transition medically. Coming out is always viewed as this grand reveal, but I was never not out. Today is about clarity: I am a trans woman. My pronouns are she/her. My name is Tommy.”

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Dorfman has been documenting her changes in style and appearance for several months on Instagram. She said this “shows a body living in a more fluid space,” and coming out was the next step.

Dorfman, 29, will not change her name, which she was given in honour of her mother’s brother who died shortly after she was born, People reported.

Who is Tommy Dorfman’s husband, Peter Zurkuhlen?

In the Time piece, the star also took the opportunity to speak about her relationship with her husband, Peter Zurkuhlen, and how it has changed since her transition.

Dorfman married long-time partner Peter Zurkuhlen in November 2016. She said that their relationship has now been “redefined”.

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“The types of romantic partnerships I seek out are different,” Dorfman began.

“I was in a nine-year relationship in which I was thought of as a more male-bodied person, with a gay man. I love him so much, but we’ve been learning that as a trans woman, what I’m interested in is not necessarily reflected in a gay man.

“So we’ve had incredible conversations to redefine our relationship as friends,” she said.

Gay Times report that Zurkuhlen is Chief of Staff of Get Help and programming board member of the Los Angeles Chapter of StartOut, which champions LGBTQIA+ entrepreneurs. 

His LinkedIn page states that he is a former real estate agent who founded the tech company ChipChop Systems. The 33-year old start-up whiz got engaged to Dorfmann in 2015. 

The pair featured together in a Boss campaign in honour of Pride last month.

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Leigh is a 26-year-old journalist from the north of Ireland. He studied International Journalism at Liverpool John Moores University, where he earned a 2:1 grade. He has worked for Mail Online and has experience with the Liverpool Echo, Irish Mirror and SWNS. Leigh is also a huge music fan and has his own show on a community radio station.