Gold Coast transgender woman Summer Day graces cover of Australian magazine

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.

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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.”

To read Summer’s full interview online, click here – or to find out where you can get yourself a free copy of the magazine, click here.

Jaydan is a Digital News Producer at myGC.com.au. He was appointed Managing Editor of the Junee Southern Cross newspaper at the age of 17 and has since held positions in a number of newsrooms in New South Wales and Queensland. Jaydan joined the Hot Tomato Broadcasting Company in 2013 and has been keeping the Gold Coast up to date with the latest local, national and international news online at myGC.com.au ever since. With almost ten years’ experience in both print and digital media Jaydan is committed to providing the best coverage during major news and weather events.

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What a fantastic article!! Summer is absolutely beautiful and it is so refreshing seeing acceptance and love for someone living their truth! Thank you myGC! Summer you look sensational and thank you for sharing with us your story