What if Ariel from The Little Mermaid was transgender? This was a question recently pondered by my friend Stephenie Magister. What if that most iconic song, “Part Of My World” started thusly:
Look at this face
Isn’t it neat?
Wouldn’t you say my transition’s complete?
Wouldn’t you say I’m a girl?
A girl who has…almost everything?
As a transgender woman and singer, I was acutely interested, as the future of my voice comes under scrutiny. Singing is a part of me, a heritage of performance I wish to continue as I transition. What might Ariel’s life under the sea have been like? And what would she have to do to embrace the woman…