My name is Adel Onodi. I am an actress, singer, and trans rights activist.

My name is Adel Onodi. I am an actress, singer, and trans rights activist.

My name is Adel Onodi. I am an actress, singer, and trans rights activist.

My name is Adel Onodi. I am an actress, singer, and trans rights activist.

My name is Adel Onodi. I am an actress, singer, and trans rights activist.

I was born in 1995, in a small countryside village in Hungary. Even during my childhood years I was always an outsider. Considered to be a “girly” boy by those around me, I faced constant harassment and cruelty even within my immediate environment. I found freedom and solace in the confines of my bedroom. It was only there that I could let my imagination wander free and see myself doing make-up, singing, and performing as a girl. After my parents had divorced, the task of raising me and my siblings fell upon my mother, who, despite living in extreme poverty, did everything she could to give us the best care possible.

To be raised in a poor family in Hungary is an extreme obstacle to overcome in and of itself, let alone being a transgender woman who is trying to make a name for herself in arts. Many different disadvantages packed into a package of stigma for life. Time and time again, I tried to escape from this burden, to force onto myself the hated male identity, only for my resolve to fail every time. 

To be raised in a poor family in Hungary is an extreme obstacle to overcome in and of itself, let alone being a transgender woman who is trying to make a name for herself in arts. Many different disadvantages packed into a package of stigma for life. Time and time again, I tried to escape from this burden, to force onto myself the hated male identity, only for my resolve to fail every time. 

To be raised in a poor family in Hungary is an extreme obstacle to overcome in and of itself, let alone being a transgender woman who is trying to make a name for herself in arts. Many different disadvantages packed into a package of stigma for life. Time and time again, I tried to escape from this burden, to force onto myself the hated male identity, only for my resolve to fail every time. 

I was 19 when I decided to transition. Compared to many other trans people, I was fairly confident to undertake this journey, as I enjoyed the full support of my family. In under one year, I managed to do all the paperwork and received legal recognition as a woman as well as documents under my new female identity and name.

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After my legal gender recognition and gender confirmation surgery, I thought I could erase these past twenty years. After all, I was reborn as a woman. This line of thinking fell apart pretty quickly. Dating men as a woman, I was forced to constantly lie about my past in order to conceal the fact that I was a trans woman. I quickly realized that if I denied the part of me that got me to where I am today, who I am today, then I would never be able to be truly happy and content in a relationship.

As I found myself more and more in balance with myself as a woman, my confined-to-the-bathroom artistic instincts began to resurface. In December 2017, I came up with the story for my own monodrama, based on the events of my life. I spent months trying to assemble the creative and talented

After my legal gender recognition and gender confirmation surgery, I thought I could erase these past twenty years. After all, I was reborn as a woman. This line of thinking fell apart pretty quickly. Dating men as a woman, I was forced to constantly lie about my past in order to conceal the fact that I was a trans woman. I quickly realized that if I denied the part of me that got me to where I am today, who I am today, then I would never be able to be truly happy and content in a relationship.

As I found myself more and more in balance with myself as a woman, my confined-to-the-bathroom artistic instincts began to resurface. In December 2017, I came up with the story for my own monodrama, based on the events of my life. I spent months trying to assemble the creative and talented theatre professionals that could approach this sensitive subject in the right way, and together with whom we could create a performance that everyone can relate to. Be that a young trans person from the countryside on their path of self-discovery or a respected business-owner in their fifties. The show debuted in October 2018 in Club Bakelit in Budapest, and turned out to be a success.

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theatre professionals that could approach this sensitive subject in the right way, and together with whom we could create a performance that everyone can relate to. Be that a young trans person from the countryside on their path of self-discovery or a respected business-owner in their fifties. The show debuted in October 2018 in Club Bakelit in Budapest, and turned out to be a success.

Right now, I am living in Berlin and working very hard so that the performance titled Dear Future Me will be able to reach a larger audience. I am studying to become a professional singer and actress. I am working on several other creative projects as well, aimed at creating spaces for the trans community. I would like to provide the opportunity for everyone to prove the stigmas and stereotypes associated with us wrong, through their own stories.


Right now, I am living in Berlin and working very hard so that the performance titled Dear Future Me will be able to reach a larger audience. I am studying to become a professional singer and actress. I am working on several other creative projects as well, aimed at creating spaces for the trans community. I would like to provide the opportunity for everyone to prove the stigmas and stereotypes associated with us wrong, through their own stories.

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Would you like to get in touch? info@adelonodi.com

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