Musician Ezra Furman has revealed she is a trans woman and a mother, telling fans she is “very proud” to “have come to know it and be able to say it.”
Furman said in a lengthy Instagram post Tuesday that she has been a parent for two years but had not spoken publicly about her children or gender identity until now. “This has not been an easy journey,” she said.
“But I’ve come to terms with the fact that I am a woman, and yes for me it’s complex, but it’s complex to be any sort of woman,” she said. Furman had previously identified as non-binary, and had said she had “been hesitant to use … the ‘woman’ word.”
The singer-songwriter has gained a cult following for her unique style of indie folk-rock. Several of her albums have achieved critical acclaim, and her song “Love You So Bad” was featured prominently in the first season of Netflix’s “Sex Education,” allowing her music to reach a wider audience.
She told fans: “I have not yet mentioned in public that I’m a parent because I have been afraid of being judged and grilled about it as if it’s anyone’s business other than mine and my family’s.”
But she said she was revealing the news to remind other people questioning their gender identity that parenthood is possible as a trans person.
“One problem with being trans is that we have so few visions of what it can look like to have an adult life, to grow up and be happy and not die young,” she wrote. “When our baby was born I had approximately zero examples that I had seen of trans women raising children.”
“I’m a trans woman and a mom. This is possible. I never dreamed it was possible to be happy and self-realized and trans and uncloseted, and also become a parent. But it is and I am doing it,” she said.
Furman’s most recent album, “Twelve Nudes,” was released in 2019.