Liturgy Lead Singer Hunter Hunt-Hendrix Comes Out as Transgender: 'I Am a Woman'

Hunter Hunt-Hendrix
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Hunter Hunt-Hendrix

Hunter Hunt-Hendrix, the lead singer of black metal band Liturgy, officially came out on social media on Tuesday (May 13) as a transgender woman. In a note posted on her Instagram, the singer explained her decision to come out, and the long struggle that has come along with it.

"I am a woman. I’ve always been one," she wrote in her post to fans. "The love I have to give is a woman’s love, if only because it is mine. To varying degrees many already understand this, but I’d like to make a clear statement about my actual gender."

Hunt-Hendrix established that she's known she is a woman since long before founding Liturgy, but decided not to come out "out of fear" of "social rejection, romantic rejection, career rejection, rejection by my family, failure." But she said that the "vagueness and incongruity" of trying to live in the closet has been too painful to handle, and she's finally ready for be true to her authentic self in public.

"The feminine imbues everything I am, beyond 'gender identity,'" she wrote. "The music and ideas I compose come from a female heart, whatever that means, and I don't want to partially distort the transmission through an 'effeminate male' mask any longer. I don't fully understand what I mean, or why it is true, but I experience it with lived certainty, and say it with sincerity."

Hunt-Hendrix closed out her note by giving her fans the clearest possible message about how she came to her own decision to finally come out. "Through a long-developing process I've finally broken free from some kind of compromise I felt I needed to accept, without being fully conscious of what I was doing or able to seriously imagine an alternative for myself," she said. "It has been very emotional, and it's over now, so I'm punctuating it."

Read Hunter Hunt-Hendrix's official coming out post below: