|Born||Jennifer Grace Allen|
November 8, 1992
|Spouse||Mark Gold (m. 2010)|
Phil Allen (born Jennifer Grace Allen, November 8, 1992) is an American correspondent best known as a villain of the American version of Vote for the Girls.
Allen has been to former Philly 17 News anchorman Mark Gold since 2010. Having dealt with gender dysphoria since childhood, Allen publicly came out as a transgender man in 2012, ceasing to use his birth name and taking the name Phil Allen.
1992–2011: Early life
Allen was born Jennifer Grace Allen as an assigned female in New York City, the child of Benjamin William and Jane Elizabeth Allen. Allen experienced feelings of gender dysphoria from an early age, playing with Matchbox cars and fantasizing about being Arnold Schwarzenegger.
Allen's parents had an acrimonious divorce when she was 11 years old, and never spoke to one another again. Allen felt severely depressed during this time, recalling it as "a period of extreme dysphoria – of just not wanting to be female". Constantly bullied at school and called a "dyke", by age 13, Other coping mechanisms included skipping school to cross-dress at home.
2011–present: Transition and Vote for the Girls
Allen has been undergoing medical transition since September 2011. He is receiving HRT to produce body and facial hair growth and decrease breast size. At the time, he also mentioned plans to undergo top surgery, but is apprehensive about bottom surgery: "I don't give a fuck if I lose my vagina. It's just fucking scary because of the surgery." He said in a May 2012 interview that he would live as a man and undergo psychotherapy for a year before considering full sex reassignment surgery: "Right now, I'm in this awkward transition period. I look like a chick, and feel like a chick, and it sucks. But eventually I'll flip, and I'll present as male."
In January of 2016, Allen auditioned for the male moderator role on the American version of Vote for the Girls that was vacated by the death of Leonard Lai. He, along with Kye Sanchez were respectively officially named a third and fourth male moderator on the Red Team (joining Clark Jones and Luka Runecraft) on the American version and host Ava Zinn introduced him to the show's viewers on the September 19 episode.
Record as Villain
- "Phil Allen Gives Revealing Life at New Life, New Closet".
- The Secret Life of Jennifer Allen.
- "Jennifer Allen Comes Out as Transgender".
- "Jennifer Allen Reveals Details of Transgender Life".