Teddy Geiger is a lauded singer, songwriter and producer. She is also transgender.

Geiger made her debut red carpet appearance after announcing her transition at the BMI Pop Awards Tuesday night (May 8), where she was honored for her work cowriting Shawn Mendes‘ hits “Mercy” and “There’s Nothing Holdin’ Me Back.”

The 29-year-old publicly came out as transgender in October, after a fan asked why she looked different lately in an Instagram comment.

“Okay… because u asked nicely… I am transitioning,” Geiger replied. “I started talking about it with a couple of my close friends and family about a month ago and it’s given me the courage to start the process. I feel like the next step is to tell all y’all. So here goes. Love it or hate this is who i have been for a looooong time.”

Last month, Mendes discussed working with Geiger during an interview with Zane Lowe.

“I wish everyone could experience this, because if they did, there would be no questions,” Mendes explained. “There would be no ‘I don’t get it,’ no confusion about the process. If somebody could just see the look on her face within that moment, everything would make sense."

Geiger worked on Mendes' third full length album, Shawn Mendes: The Album, and has worked with the 19-year-old pop star for most of his career.


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