National Coming Out Day: Cheyenne Jackson, Andrew Lippa, Lea DeLaria, Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Ann Hampton Callaway and More Share Stories of Pride

By Adam Hetrick
11 Oct 2013

Our Lady J

Our Lady J, singer-songwriter and musical director, known for Lustre and her numerous solo engagements worldwide.

I know it seems silly to talk about plastic surgery in regards to LGBT pride, but my happiest moment as a Trans woman was when all of NYC came together for my fundraising concert to help me out with my breast augmentation surgeries. My greatest fear of transitioning from male to female was that I would be outcast by society and never love again, work again, or feel like a part of a community. But when I finally "braved up" and made the decision to become a woman, I was shown that not only was I going to be loved, I was going to be celebrated by my community for becoming who I am. When I'm feeling down by anti-trans aggressions towards me or the trans-community, I move through the fear by remembering the people who were the backbone of my "Boob-Aid" fundraiser: Dolly Parton, Rosie O'Donnell, Scissor Sisters, Taylor Mac, Murray Hill, Justin Vivian Bond, Ke$ha, Nico Muhly, Jeff Whitty, and countless others. We've got quite an army of allies there, and I’m proud to have them by my side.