“Why is your OC a girl?”

I’ve had this question asked to me many times over the course of being a Brony musician. I used to see Forest Rain as being androgynous— without a gender. So I used gender neutral pronouns “sie” and “hir” to describe the character. My OC has always been a reflection of who I am. However— people learn more about themselves, and change and develop as life goes on. And this leads me to an important announcement:

I have recently come out as trans.

Forest Rain

My OC, as drawn by Decibelle~

This may come as a shock to some people, and others may be asking, “What do you mean, trans?” I am a transgendered individual, who was suffering from gender disphoria— I was born as a boy, however I’ve always felt something was kind of off. Through (many) years of self-discovery, I realized I’ve always identified more as a girl than a boy, and I wanted to do something about it.

In this past year, I’ve been undergoing medical treatments to feminize myself, and I’ve finally gotten the courage to come out to everyone close to me— including my parents and boss.  This has been an overwhelmingly positive experience for me. Physically and emotionally, I feel so much better than I ever have.

Being transgendered isn’t scary. I know many people like me. I’m not depressed, or confused, or anything like that. I’m happy, in love, and I’m planning to move to the States to be with my fiancé, Rebecca. I’m probably the most normal and boring person you’d ever meet, aside from the stuff that’s happened in this fandom.

Forest Rain, as a personality, showed everyone that a “normal guy” can be a brony musician and make music about love, beauty, accepting yourself, and celebrating differences.

That was one of the things that I was afraid would be compromised if I came out— that suddenly the “normal guy” would become a weirdo, and suddenly Forest Rain would be discredited somehow. But I realized— because of who Forest Rain is— because I celebrate differences, and teach people to accept themselves— it would be disingenuous of me to hide who I am.

I’m proud to be a part of the LGBT community, and I will always stand up for the rights of lesbian, gay, bi, trans, and queer people.

But what does this mean for Forest Rain, the Brony Musician? I’m still working that out. I know I will continue to make music, I’m just not sure exactly how my transition fits into how I make my music. I will continue to be a part of Canterlot Hill, and a regular host on Elements of Harmony, and my Facebook, Twitter, and Tumblr aren’t going anywhere!

So, why is my OC a girl? Cuz I am a girl! And I’m proud to be one!


aka Forest Rain

24 comments to “Why is your OC a girl?”

  • the girl with music in her heart  says:

    wow, wonderful story Forest. :)

  • Kevin ZiDach  says:

    Forest, I am very happy for you. I apologize if I ever accidentally announce you as a guy saying ‘he’ or something like that, but anyways, I would love to hear more about it, I think this is a great example of what your songs teach.

  • ShadowDashBrony  says:

    It is truly amazing for you to gather the courage to announce this. Your music has always inspired me, and I’m sure you’ve heard this before, but be yourself. You are, and will always be, a great person, and you should never forget that.

  • brenndan  says:

    good luck girl enjoy your new life it takes a lot to come out i wish you the best of luck Forest Rain

  • Illusionary_Dreamer  says:

    This brought tears to my eyes and I’m so happy for you and I wish you the best that life has to offer Forest Rain! <3

  • Thelowlandlad  says:

    heya pal, im really happy for you, my mates and I welcome you with open arms to the community.
    Also personally i would just like to thank you for helping me through one of the most difficult periods of my life the song you made and this site really saved me and im not really sure how to thank you.
    From the borders of Bonnie Scotland i wish you well and hope to hear alot more music from you. <3

  • Dante D.  says:

    It’s funny, I remember about a year back someone asked about you, and I told them you were trans. I don’t know where I got that in my head, considering you’ve only recently come out, but it’s always been true in my head. you were forest rain, she was a a girl, so i figured you were too. I’m happy for you to have come out officially, and it changes none of my admiration and love for you, except possible heightening it. Just keep being who you are.

  • SockyJack  says:

    I’m glad you came out. I never knew that about you, but I’m glad I do now. :) You’re a wonderful person who writes very inspirtational songs along with videos. I sort of know how you feel, because I’m a girl, and I’ve always felt somehow that I was a boy… I act like a girl lots of times but deep down I think that I wasn’t exactly meant to be one. Anyway I’m really happy for you! I wish I could hug you~! :D Continue with your great work. We all love you <3

  • Ziero1986  says:

    We’ve never met, but I’m proud of you. It has to be hard or scary to come out about something like this. I just wanted to say that I do love your music, especially “Great To Be Different.” It has to be one of my favorite Brony songs. The musicians of this fandom are just amazing. I suffer from Bi-polar disorder, and some days it makes life a living hell and I don’t want to deal with it anymore, but thanks to you and the other Brony musicians, the messages you bring about hope and love and the trueness of friendship and acceptance of others and their differences makes my bad days easier to get through. Thank you very much! <3

  • 龍 野  says:

    I think you are so brave, because not many people did this. Well actually I’m not so like transgender (I just don’t think it so important whether being a man or a woman in flesh), I think it acceptable.

  • Lily  says:

    Oh my gosh, I didn’t think I’d see this to be honest. Congratulations on figuring out who you are! I know it’ll be a challenge with how others will cope with this and everything, but do know that you’re not alone in this battle. I, too, am trans. I have been for the past four years. I really hope things turn out truly positively for you with your whole transitioning procedure – I know it can be very difficult to get there for some.

  • Alkaline Brony  says:

    Congratulation! I wish you the best of times in your new life, and I hope you are happy :D

  • Alex  says:

    You know, I always thought your OC was a dude. The first time I watched that video on BronyDanceParty’s channel I didn’t know that the nose was the deciding factor, so I assumed the gender based on the voice I heard and ever since then I didn’t re-evaluate that thought.

    Heck in the beginning of me being a Brony I even thought that Rainbow Dash and Applejack were dudes. XD I laughed when I found out that they have the same voice actress.

    Anyway, congratulations on your coming out! Personally I am no fan of medical treatment because I had to undergo various operations and the body always suffers from it, so I’d never do a beauty OP or anything like that, but if it makes you happy to have your outside reflect your inside, by all means do what makes you feel happy.

  • H2O cat  says:

    hey it is great to be different am i right

  • BanikaNekonome  says:

    Forest, you’re such an inspiration to me. I’m bisexual, and I’ve been scared of coming out. Thanks to you, I’m planning on doing so when my birthday rolls around in a couple months. You’re such an amazing girl, and I hope nothing but good luck comes your way. <3

  • vaporeon19 .  says:

    You give me inspiration to come out as a pagan and a brony more I will no longer hide who I really am and may the blessings of Frigg, Freyja, and all the other gods and goddesses of my path watch over you

  • vaporeon19 .  says:

    Thank you and BanikaNekonome and Forest Rain you give me streagth for me I am going to be open at my birthday as well even with my family that looks down on the brony part I will be open and if they don’t like it well I am different and that goes for them as well

  • Torin Petke  says:

    oh wow, i’m so glad you shared your story.

  • Torin Petke  says:

    One of your songs actually stopped me from committing self harm

  • Arc Fox  says:

    Honestly, forest, you’re a great person. don’t really know you super personally but we’ve had a chat or two in the past, you were always super kind and honestly you’re videos, especially music like “great to be different” always prove to fill me with such strong emotions that i have stopped and cried for some time because of it.
    i’m proud of you. you’re a great person doing good things. you reminded me of the good side of the mlp fandom, and coming out as trans was extremely brave.
    you and your music have saved me more times than i can count, and i hope that you’ll continue well into the future.

    honestly… everything i’ve said was not extremely well put… but… what i’m trying to say is that you’re amazing, and kindhearted and the things you’re trying to do with this website and various other things you’ve done in the past are amazing.
    to put it simply “would you say I’m a hero, glorious and brave” yes.

  • David Contreras  says:

    Your story is very good Forest! I wish you the best! :D
    I’m from Chile, but that does not mean I do not have to read the other stories in English !, (despite writing them in the translator … XD)

  • DJ-RainbowShy  says:

    ForestRain your song “great to be different” was very touching and it also made me really accept that being different isn’t bad I from a young age have had a defective heart, ADHD, and A learning​ disability and was teased for the last one . I’m also part of the ever so loving Brony community thanks for the song

  • Flamethrower 08  says:

    Forest this song has made me what i am today. I would have never visited this site as a brony if it weren’t for great to be different. I heard that YEARS ago and am still listening to it

  • Autism  says:

    Congratulations. I’m a bisexual transvestite, but I was born as a girl.

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