Transgender Singer Hit Red Carpet For First Time Since Coming Out. Here’s Why That Matters.

"Love it or hate this is who I have been for a loooong time."

Last year, musician Teddy Geiger came out as transgender and announced that she was transitioning. On Tuesday she made her first appearance as a transgender woman at the 2018 BMI Pop Awards in Beverly Hills, California. 

Geiger first shared with the world that she was transitioning on Instagram in response to a fan's comment.

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"Because u asked nicely... I am transitioning," she said. "I started talking about it with a couple of my close friends and family about a month ago and it's given me the courage to start the process. I feel like the next step is to tell all y'all. So here it goes. Love it or hate this is who I have been for a loooong time."

Geiger's strut down the red carpets marks a moment for transgender visibility and rights. In recent years, celebrities and advocates have used award shows, red carpets and national platforms to speak out for transgender equality. 

In 2017, the Video Music Awards hosted a historic award show when six transgender service members walked the red carpet soon after President Donald Trump said he wanted to ban transgender people from serving in the military. In 2016, actor Jeffrey Tambor stood up for transgender rights on the Emmys red carpet and challenged Hollywood to be more inclusive.

"I'm not going to say this beautifully, but to you people out there, you producers, you network owners and you agents ... please give transgender talent a chance," Tambor, the former star of Transparent, told USA Today. "Give them auditions. Give them their story. Do that. And also, one more thing, I would not be unhappy were I the last cisgender male to play a female transgender on television."

Orange is the New Black star Laverne Cox has also been outspoken about advocating for transgender rights. On the red carpet at the Essence Black Women in Hollywood Awards Gala, she affirmed that people should be more open-minded. 

"Trans rights are women's rights," Cox said in an interview with The Cut. 

Even with the many strides the LGBTQ community has made, there is still a long way to go.   Congrats to Geiger for being a small drop in the wave of change to come.

(H/T: Billboard)

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