This reality wedding show helped one trans woman of color get the dress of her dreams.
Gabby Gibson is set to marry her fiance Jaden Rogers in November — and for their wedding dress, they turned to “Say Yes to the Dress” to make it happen. Both bride- and groom-to-be are transgender, and Gibson felt more than welcomed by the show.
“From the time I walked in, to the time I said yes to the dress, I was treated with the utmost respect,” she told PinkNews. “It just felt so amazing to be treated as a bride and a human being, and not a sideshow. It’s validating to know that someone thought I was interesting enough to be a part of the show and wanted to hear my story.”
Gibson is happy that she can be with someone she loves. Rogers “helped me realize that I am more than just a sexual object to be desired by men, and showed me what true love really is,” she said.
“I’m getting ready to marry the man of my dreams, which is something I never thought would be possible as a transgender woman, and I am so excited just to share that part of my life with the world.”
Rogers is equally excited about his bride-to-be. “To say I’ve found my soulmate is an understatement. She’s always full of such joy, it’s hard to ever have a bad day with her in my presence. She’s everything and more I could have ever asked for in a partner, and I can’t wait to see her walk down the aisle!”
As for the reality show’s inclusiveness, he was glad for the welcoming atmosphere.
“I’m very grateful that the producer and staff were so trans-friendly and accommodating. It’s a life experience and memory that I will cherish for a lifetime.”
The first transgender bride on the show was Precious Davis, whose episode aired in January, 2016. Gibson and Rogers, however, are the first trans couple to appear on “Say Yes To The Dress.”
The episode will air on March 25 at 8 p.m. on TLC.