The Surprising Link Between a Local Rock Star, My Trad Irish Music Phase, and Coming Out to Myself as Transgender

This is not everyday wear. From a modern ballet production of Alice in Wonderland that was quite good.

Whenever I tell people about my study abroad experience, I blush a bit. I spoke three European languages in college and was a major Francophile, but for my semester abroad I went to English-speaking Cork, Ireland to study the tin whistle. Why the tin whistle? Well, in a roundabout way, it was about a boy–but not in the way you might think.

I’ve recently started rethinking a period of my life that I’ve found embarrassing for a long time. The whole experience sounds like a familiar story of a kid with a crush on a cute rock star, but I’m starting to understand that it was actually about finding permission to explore my own gender identity.

Let’s rewind a bit.

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