A transgender man has created a duet with his former self – one vocal track being recorded on the first day he started testosterone treatment, and the other set of vocals being recorded nine months after being on the hormones.
In a tribute to the transgender community, Charlie Peck, from Uppsala in Sweden, put his own twist on the song “Home”, by Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros.
It is the first time Peck has ever recorded a song. When he came up with the idea, he contacted a friend who is a musician in order to make it happen.
“During my own journey I benefited greatly from other people’s stories and progress. I wanted to find my own way to give back to others, to give people in the trans community hope that things can get better and life can move in the direction you wish it to,” he said.
Peck told The Local he was pleased with how the video has been received.
“I never thought it would spread as much as it has. I am so glad people have shown so much appreciation,” he said.
“A few people have given me really harsh comments, but they are so few that I can count them on one hand.”
Despite all the positivity, Peck said it has been met with some confusion from people who thought the vocals were two separate people.
“I have noted that people think I was a different person before. I guess that’s because I chose to sing to myself,” he said.
“Maybe it has sent the wrong message. I’m exactly the same person as before, I’ve merely shed coats.
“I also use my previous name in the video. Some people have interpreted that as clearance to use my old name: it’s never ok to talk to a trans person with their previous name as it can given them discomfort, I can’t emphasise that enough.
“But overall, the reactions and feedback have been overwhelming and filled with so much love. I’m really grateful for that,” he added.