X factor contestant Felix Shepherd is giving back to a charity which helped him transition, by donating the proceeds from his new single.
The charity is Mermaids, which gives help with gender issues to children and young people up to the age of 20.
“They did help me and my mum quite a lot”, Felix told TransNews. He is 20 and has transitioned, with a lot of support from his mum.
Likely to do well
The single is called “Talk” and will be released on the 21st of September, with proceeds going to Mermaids. It’s likely to do well, because Felix is one the highest profile contestants in the new series of X Factor.
After singing his audition on the show last week he told the judges his voice had changed dramatically this year as part of his transition.
Felix was worried that he hadn’t yet fully learned how to use his new, deeper voice that came with transition. He felt he’d had problems with parts of the song.
A massive yes
“It’s difficult,” he explained. “If I played my voice back, like literally in February, I had a falsetto that has disappeared.”
But Robbie Williams quickly reassured him, and told him “your journey so far in life is fascinating and I for one want to see where the rest of this journey is going to take you. It’s a massive yes from me Felix”.
He got four yeses.
About year nine I told my friends
“Felix I think that was a brilliant, brilliant audition”, judge Louis Tomlinson said. “The tone that you have, and the tone that you would have on track, would be amazing. I’m confident of that”.
Felix told the judges early in their talk that he’d transitioned.
“In about year nine at school, I told one of my friends that I didn’t really know what it all was. It was that point where I was like – for myself more than anything else – I’ve got to be who I am and tell people”.
Watch the audition again:
He told the judges that he has a lot of support from family and friends “my mum paid for me to have treatment privately. I’m blessed with the people I have around me”
The audience cheered, and Simon Cowell said “good for you. You’ve got a great attitude”.
But there was controversy in the trans community after Robbie Williams dead-named Felix.
The first question we saw Robbie Williams ask was “so when you were born, what was your name”.
Felix has made it clear since the episode aired that he was perfectly happy to be asked, and to answer. Other trans people took to Twitter to say it set a bad example to the public that to ask the question is ok, when there are so many who would find it offensive.
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