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Ezra Furman comes out as transgender

Ezra Furman has revealed in an emotional Instagram post that they are transgender and have been a mother for the last two years.

Furman has released five albums as a solo artist after initially emerging back in 2007 with Ezra Furman and The Harpoons, who released three records before their disbandment in 2011. Over the last couple of years, Furman wrote a book about Lou Reed’s seminal album, Transformer, and created the soundtrack for Netflix’s Sex Education.

Taking to Instagram, Furman told fans: “I wanted to share with everyone that I am a trans woman, and also that I am a mom and have been for a while now (like 2+ years). About being a trans woman: for my own reasons, I have been hesitant to use these words, especially the ‘woman’ word. I have often described myself as non-binary, which maybe is still true (I’m just gonna sit with that question for the moment).

“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. I am very proud to be a trans woman and to have come to know it and be able to say it. This has not been an easy journey.”

Furman added: “About being a mum: there’s enough said in public about the magic of parenthood. It is beautiful and holy and I love it—that’s all on that subject. 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. I’m telling you I’m a mum now for a specific reason. Because 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.

“When our baby was born, I had approximately zero examples that I had seen of trans women raising children. So here’s one for anyone who wants to see one. I’m a trans woman and a mom.

“This is possible. I never dreamed it was possible to be happy and self-realised and trans and uncloseted, and also become a parent. But it is, and I am doing it. Because trans people deserve to pursue the lives we want, on our terms. That’s all for now. More music to come before long.”

The post generated love from fans and musicians alike, with Jehnny Beth writing, “So much love to you and your family”.