When Gabe Paboga signed on for the fourth season of TLC’s popular spinoff 90 Day Fiancé: The Other Way, the 33-year-old imagined he might have a few people sliding into his DMs.
He just didn’t picture they’d largely be from middle-aged moms and dads.
“I thought that I was going to get more of a following from the LGBTQ+ community,” Gabe, the franchise’s first transgender cast member, revealed in an exclusive interview with E! News, “but I’m getting more of a following from, like, older people. And that surprised me. A lot of parents are reaching out to me more than anything.”
Among his favorites, he shared, “A lot of mothers come to me and they say, ‘My child is trans and, because of you, I’m not too afraid of the future that they have. Because you live a normal life.'”