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LGBTQ+ Month: Transgender rapper speaks of his fears when coming out

Nate Ethan Watson is a rapper from Wolverhampton, formerly known as N'Chyx. Credit: Johnson's Photography

A transgender rapper and health worker from Wolverhampton says he was so scared to come out, that he thought he would have to live with anxiety and depression for the rest of his life.

Nate Ethan Watson, aged 35, says that he knew "he was meant to be a boy" from the age of five when he told his primary school friends in the playground about the way he felt.

This news was not received well and Nate felt as though he would be trapped in a body that he did not identify with for the rest of his life.

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Eventually he built up the courage to begin his transition process from female to male on 25 July 2018 whilst studying Public Health at the University of Wolverhampton.

He describes this moment as one of the highest points in his journey.

"I was so excited. I'd spent so many years just suppressing, and feeling that I had to be a certain way and kind of hiding all my truths to be accepted by everybody else."

– Nate Ethan Watson, Rapper and Health Care Worker
Nate before (left) and during (right) his transition process. Credit: Nate Ethan Watson

During the transition process Nate has been taking male hormones (testosterone) where he has seen significant changes such as the appearance of facial hair, more of a masculine facial structure, and a deeper voice.

Since then, he's been using his platform as a musician and health care worker to inspire others and assist in bringing transgender issues to the forefront of society.

Nate was invited to perform his single 'Like it or Not' in front of the Mayor of Wolverhampton in 2019. Credit: Nate Ethan Watson

On 28 March 2020 Nate will be launching a project in partnership with Wolverhampton LGBT+ Alliance and Inspiring Healthy Choices, which aims to alleviate the financial pressures of transitioning by offering a safe space for people to collect donated items of clothing.

The project is called TNB (Trans and Non-Binary) Connect and will be based at Paycare in Wolverhampton City Centre between 12 - 4pm.

"LGBTQ+ month is important because it brings more awareness and education at a time that can help so many.

I think it's also important to know the history and for people to know that this isn't something new but has taken many years for people to speak about it more freely".

– Nate Ethan Watson, Rapper and Health Care Worker

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