I was quite a butch girl, and now I’m quite a camp guy.
But I’m quite happy with that,
because that’s who I am.
Both my parents are ordained Church of England priests,
so I’ve always been living in a vicarage.
We thought, “Many kids go through change,” and we thought,
“Oh, well, this probably… He’ll probably grow out of it.”
But actually, he grew INTO what he should be.
Those sort of early teenage years were difficult
just because I didn’t feel like I fitted in, really.
When I was about 13, I thought maybe I was gay,
because I was attracted to women,
but I always knew that there was something slightly different about
my own gender identity and that I identified more
as a boy.
I first started singing at the age of eight,
when we moved to Tewkesbury and I started singing in the Abbey Choir.
Music was a way of expressing myself
without any sort of gender constructs.
Anybody can play an instrument, regardless of how you identify.
My voice has changed dramatically.
So, originally I was a treble, so I sang the top line,
and then, when I took testosterone,
I quickly skipped the tenor line and went straight down to bass!
Hello. My name’s Harrison, and I’m from Gloucestershire,
and I’m dedicating this song
to my fellow members of the trans community.
CHEERING AND APPLAUSE
I help with trans youth
and particularly those that want to experiment with their voices
and are worried about how their voices might change.
Come on, baby brother. Come on, come on, come on…
# I am what I am
# I am my own… #
There’s lots of people out there that are struggling,
and I struggled, too.
But I had a brilliant support network,
and there are lots of people out there that don’t have that.
# Hey, world
# I am
# What I am. #
Singing is such a brilliant way of expressing yourself.
I felt, whatever journey you’re going on,
it was very moving. Thank you.
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