Tammy White, of Atlantic City, is an entertainer known for her Patti LaBelle impersonation who also works as a nurse. She was born male, but has been living as a woman for decades.

“It’s been a journey,” said the 46-year-old, known as “Miss Tammy.” She was first aware of feeling female at age 9, and came out to her family at age 16. “I want to be respected as a person, like any other person.”

Transgendered people, who don’t identify with the gender into which they were born, are worthy of being loved like anyone else, she said.

She will host “Follow me!” — an event to encourage lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgendered and questioning people to come out to friends and family members, on Oct. 6 at the Steel Pier.

It is also for friends and allies of the LGBTQ community, and a fundraiser for the South Jersey AIDS Alliance, preceding National Coming Out Day Oct. 11. Being honest about sexuality and gender is important for emotional health, she said.

“The weight on you when you hold something in is unbearable,” White said.

White’s mother was accepting when White came out to her, as were her six siblings. But her father struggled for years to understand, she said.

White takes female hormones, has breast implants and hopes to have a complete sex-change operation, if she can raise the $20,000 cost. But she said she is comfortable in her own skin now, and her purpose in life is to help other transgendered people.

If you go

“Follow Me!” will be presented by 2nd Level Productions and the South Jersey AIDS Alliance from 4 to 8 p.m. Oct. 6 at the Steel Pier in Atlantic City. Free. Bring blankets and bubbles. Music, vendors, food and drink, prizes and auction. Afterparty at Pro Bar in Resorts Casino Hotel.

Sand wars

Jeff Trumbauer and his daughter, Jette, 10, of Egg Harbor Township, won the sand sculpting contest at Sea Isle City’s Fall Family Festival with a large Jabba the Hutt sculpture Sept. 15.

Mays Landing man honored

Frank DiCola, founder, president and CEO of DCO Energy in Mays Landing, will be honored by United Way of Greater Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey for his contributions over many years at the Sun National Bank Golf & Sporting Clays Invitational.

The event is Oct. 12 at Red Wing Sporting Clays Range in Port Republic and Stockton Seaview Hotel and Golf Club. Visit unitedwayac.org/

Contact Michelle Brunetti Post:

609-272-7219