Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Gretchen Peters Writes About Her Transgender Child on HuffPo

Posted By on Tue, Nov 22, 2011 at 2:04 PM

Gretchen Peters
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Gretchen Peters is no stranger to Nashville music fans — her song "Independence Day" was recorded by Martina McBride in 1995, earned a Grammy nomination and won the Country Music Association Song of the Year award. Since then, her songs have been recorded by Pam Tillis, Trisha Yearwood, Patty Loveless, Neil Diamond, George Strait and Etta James, to name a few. Besides that, she's a talented performer in her own right, and has released several well-received solo albums.

She's also got a great gift for the written word, as evidenced by this very frank, touching and heartfelt story she wrote for Huffington Post about what it's like to learn that your child is transgendered.

Here's an excerpt:

I wrote, and wrote, and wrote. I thought about my struggle to own my identity as an artist in the world. I thought about my son's struggle to stand up and be seen for who he is. So many people prefer you to assume a role that makes them comfortable. But life is not about making other people comfortable. This idea seeped into the songs that were coming out of me — the old adage, "Comfort the afflicted and afflict the comfortable." I wanted to say what seemed unsayable. That life is tough, heartbreaking, unfair — and short. And that there is unspeakable beauty to be found. My son unknowingly gave me a tremendous gift last year when he bravely shared his truth with me. He gave me the courage to share mine.

Read the whole thing here.

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