The person behind Bailey is an English gay guy.
So those few short lines take care of the who - on to the why.
I chose to be a female in Second Life as a change. Bailey is not my first excursion in to Second Life and I have used a number of avatars in the past, usually male ones but some fantasy avatars too such as a dragon. There is a wide array of avatars available inworld and you can combine bits to create whatever you want. I suppose I am using Bailey to explore my feminine side and 'play dressing up'.
By being honest about my real life gender and sexual orientation, I have felt liberated. People read my profile inworld and there are none of the usual "Do you want to have sex?" questions. I have been asked why I don't just keep quiet about it. My answer is that I am not ashamed of who I am or how I wish to appear, I am not looking for cybersex nor a relationship and I do not wish to become involved in the lives of others only to turn them upside down after forming a bond.
Many men have female avatars. Many women have make avatars. The difference between them and me is that I am prepared to stand up and admit it. If you don't like, you need never associate with me in any way - it is a big grid.