I transitioned at the beginning of this school year from male to female. Before this year, I was widely unknown, even though I was our school contrabassoonist, and I played the piano in one of our pieces in the highest band in my school, and I had many solos in our Philharmonic Orchestra. This year, more people know me than I know myself. They don’t talk about the fact that I’m arranging a piece for our holiday concert, that I’m composing pieces for both our band and our orchestra, or that I’m learning the harp; they talk about the fact that I’m transgendered. It’s mostly in a positive light, but I just want people to know me as the girl who loves playing and composing her music.
I want to be the music-lover, not the she-who-used-to-be-a-he.
What’s your experience?