FROM tradie father-of-two to glowing cover girl – Gold Coast mother Summer Jane Day has become one of the first post-op transgender women to ever front the cover of a magazine in Australia.
The 37-year-old lived as a tradesman and professional skateboarder, known as Michael John Day, for over a decade, before getting married, becoming a father and eventually coming out to her loved ones at age 30.
Following a long and emotional journey transitioning from her male body to a female body, Summer was given the honour of gracing the July cover of Gold Coast publication, Get it Magazine.
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In the time since beginning her transition four years ago, Summer has undergone hormone therapy, breast augmentation and gender reassignment surgery.
In an open and honest interview with Get It, Summer shares her journey, leaving nothing out as she reveals how she went from a depressed, suicidal man to the glowing, confident woman and mum-of-two that she is today.
Get It Coordinator Hayley Bogaard said the lifestyle and fashion publication chose Summer as their July cover model “because she embodies everything the magazine stands for”.
“We are about real, modern women doing amazing things and Summer is definitely one of those,” she said.
“She may have had a different journey to womanhood than most, being born with a girl’s brain and a boy’s body, but she has shown so much courage transitioning especially doing so at the age of 30.”
Hayley said Summer’s story highlighted the fear and fragility that many transgender people still feel in today’s society.
“While Australia has come a long way with legalising gay marriage and there is more acceptance, Summer highlighted to us that trans persons still face much discrimination and misconception,” she said.
“Summer is a modern mum who loves her kids and finally loves herself, and so she should — she really is amazing — and we’re thrilled to have her on our cover.”