Trans Man Recorded A Duet Before And After His Transition
Transgender singer, Charlie Peck, celebrated his transition with a super cool musical documentation of the process: A duet recorded with himself.
He covered the 2009 love song, "Home", by neo-folk band, Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros.
Peck describes the process on YouTube:
I am singing a duet with myself where one voice is recorded my first day on testosterone treatment (16th of May 2016) and the second voice 9 months later (16th of February 2017).
And as great as the duet sounds, the most touching part comes toward the end.
Peck speaks to his former self about the most difficult parts of his identity journey and says,
While you were standing in the mirror, wondering if this day might be your last, I was there all along and I never told you until just now.
Transgender men and women all grapple with their transition in different ways, including the decision to document the process.
21-year-old Jaime Wilson, also a musician, chose to document his process via before-and-after photos on Instagram.
Wilson began the below post with,
DONT JUDGE A BOOK BY ITS COVER. I am posting this picture to show that not everyone has to show "signs" to be transgender. You don't have to pass a test to prove you're trans...and you sure as hell don't need ANYONES approval but your own.
And 17-year-old Emmie Smith had her reassignment surgery recorded by National Geographic.
According to Peck's YouTube comments, he also wants to continue documenting his transition process.
He's considering doing this with another duet that features his final post-transition sound.
While Peck's video honors his journey, it also serves as an empowering tribute to the entire transgender community — which is too often the recipient of bullying, violence and plain dismissal of their existence.
He closes the video with this message:
No matter how huge a struggle you are facing, don't ever give up. You are never alone and it gets better. I promise.
Peck has received lots of support on social media since the video went up.
One YouTube commenter also wrote,
Thank you for this Charlie...Today I am just shy of a week post-op...I needed this so much today, so thank you for sharing this beautiful piece of work with the world.
Several YouTubers thanked him for the comments underneath the video and a few shared their own transitioning stories with him.