Meryl Streep had an interview with Advocate Magazine:
‘I would go once a week to have my piano lesson.
‘My mother, who was born in 1915, never said “the boys are gay,” or that there was anything that she disapproved of. It was just that this is a different life.
‘They were not acknowledged, and not free to be themselves,’ she said. She credits her with making her daughter more accepting.
Later in her life Streep had a teacher come back after the school break, having gone from Paul to ‘Paula.’
‘My music teacher in sixth grade in Basking Ridge, N.J., was named Paul Grossman.
‘The next year he came back, and he was Paula.
‘It was very, very unusual. He had three kids and stayed married, but he was himself, and he led the chorus.’