"I've been really lucky that I have an online community of trans people, both men and women, who have been really helping me feel empowered to start this transformation," they said. "I guess maybe that's more of what I'm calling it -- a transformation, rather than a transition."
"The nature of being a trans person is realizing that not all of us can be Caitlyn Jenner," they added. "We don't get to just wake up, walk into a surgeon's office and emerge as beautiful."
"For the rest of us, being trans is just how we wake up and feel every morning," Amo expressed. "It's not about how you look, it's about how you feel. I think that that's, for me, what I'm focusing on the most right now."
Amo previously went by Ammo, a name reminiscent of the male Mormon figure Ammon. They changed their name to fit their new identity and because they are no longer Mormon.
"Now I am no longer a Mormon and I am identifying myself with a new name: Amo," they said. "Amo means 'love' in many languages. Given that this transition has been the ultimate act of self-love, Amo seems a fitting name for this new chapter of my life."
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The 27-year-old, who was the first non-binary contestant to compete on "The Challenge," recalled first experimenting with women's clothes and makeup during a drag challenge on Season 31 of "The Real World" back in 2016.
"I was watching the other men get ready and kind of turn gender into something that was more comedic," Amo said. "For me, it just felt so personal and serious, and I couldn't really figure out why."
Amo, who starred on "The Challenge XXX: Dirty 30," felt motivated to undergo a physical transformation after they filmed a music video for "Macy," where they played a pansexual Jesus who's in an open relationship with Mary and Joseph.
"I was living in this other skin, playing these two roles for quite a while," they said. "It all of a sudden just became really apparent to me that, what if I had died at 27 and I never gave myself the opportunity to be me? And that was kind of it."
They continued, "I guess the music video and the process of playing this transgender Christ, it gave me permission to let that old male me die, and then to begin taking steps towards resurrecting myself as something that felt more honest."
Amo has now embraced their new identity.
"Today I feel blessed, bright, and excited about the future," they expressed on Instagram.