Singer Montreea Bailey Opens Up About Her Journey From Transgender Identity to Jesus
As transgender identity has become more mainstream in the last two years, stories of transgender regret are also starting to bleed into the national consciousness, much to the distaste of the LGBT movement. These stories are important, however, and they can even be inspiring.
Singer/actress Montreea Bailey shared her story with PJ Media in an interview Wednesday night. She came to dress and even partially identify as a man, spurred on by her lesbian lover in a context of drugs and alcoholism. Even in the midst of this, however, she felt the providential hand of God protecting her from particular pitfalls.
"I thank God that I did not have that surgery," Bailey told PJ Media. She explained that some of her friends who took transgender "treatments" like hormone therapy and surgery struggled to return to their birth sex.
"They had the science to get you there, but they don't have the science to get you back," she said, chillingly. "They haven't considered that there are people who do that who want to reverse out."
Indeed, many who were born women and had surgeries to become transgender "men" have been left with life-long scars, deeper voices, and other unalterable characteristics. A university in Britain recently rejected a research project on transgender regret because it would be too "politically incorrect."
But these former transgender people exist, and their stories are important.
Bailey herself was raised in a Christian home in Houston, Texas, but headed north and east to study music in Boston, Mass. "While I was auditioning around town, I met a woman in the music industry," she said. This woman "had access to powerful people," and she introduced Bailey to the lifestyle of homosexuality.
"It was just the perfect storm of confusion and sin — we were both lost," Bailey said. "Mix in power, money, famous people, homosexuality, drugs, and alcohol — I just wasn't able to handle it." She mentioned "ecstasy, cocaine, pills," and being drunk all the time.
Then the transgender push came. "It was a lesbian relationship, but she was pushing me more and more into the male role," the singer confided. "this woman that I was with had so much control over my identity, over my relationships, over my friendships."
Her transition began with appearance. "I cut all my hair off, I wore men's clothes, men's jeans, men's underwear, men's cologne," Bailey said. "The gay press began to write that I was transgender."
Her music career started to take off, and the LGBT movement claimed her as their own. Eventually, even she started to believe it.
"I never came out as transgender, but they began to write I was male. It was the perfect storm — Satan had really blacked it out. The media thought I was a man, the woman I was with wanted me to be a man," she said. "You're thinking, 'Well, maybe I am.'"