Posts tagged musician
Posts tagged musician
happy birthday Davey Havok…
[Image description: Davey Havok wearing pink makeup, false lashes, lots of sparkly jewelry, and silver nail polish.]
Note: Tonight I’ll be making short posts/reblogs on creative trans/genderqueer/etc folks from recent history- artists, writers, musicians, etc. Feel free to drop suggestions in my ask box, and they’ll all be grouped here as I post them. Enjoy!
Jayne County is probably the most interesting musician you’ve never heard of. A regular at the Stonewall Inn, County was one of many trans women who participated at the Stonewall Riots.
She worked alongside the likes of Andy Warhol, David Bowie (having a great influence on his Diamond Dogs tour) and was direct influence on a young Patti Smith, who met County by being cast opposite her in the first of several plays they would do together. While Jayne was already an active musician in what would become the punk rock scene, it would still be several years before Patti Smith would begins putting her poems to music.
She was also the inspiration for the titular character in the cult classic Hedwig and the Angry Inch.
There’s really no other woman more deserving of the title “mother of punk rock.”
thanks to Ed Choy for the suggestion!
CN Lester is an amazing alternative singer-songwriter, classical mezzo-soprano, AND an out trans artist/activist/blogger, and their very first album comes out on February 9th. Wonderful music. Great person. Check ‘em out. :)
Rachel Stamp is a rock/glam/metal band that bend the rules of Gender from the off. All of the band members are gender-ambiguously glam, and I always found David Ryder-Prangley absolutely AWESOME (so much so that when I was lucky enough to meet him and I couldn’t put two words together). With hits such as ‘Stealing Clothes From Shelley Barret’, Dead Girl(“When I was thirteen years old, I dressed in my girlfriends clothes, all they boys at school wanted to punch me and all the girls wanted to get in my bed) and the infamous ‘Home Made Sex Change’ what’s not to love about this quirky little group? Especially when the music is so brilliant!
Ney Matogrosso is a gay Brazilian singer who first became popular in the ’70s. At the time, being gay was considered taboo in Brazil, so he never officially came out. Nevertheless, he didn’t let the conservative values of the country hold him back. He had a stage personality more flamboyant than Elton John and Liberace combined, and it came complete with outlandish costumes and hip shaking only a Brazilian can pull off.
Most impressive of all is that at 79, he is still just as fabulous today as he was all those years ago. As a Brazilian, I could not be prouder to have a musician such as him representing my country.
(Submitted by softasyourpillow)
Always a favorite.
GROSS: I’d like to talk with you a little bit about gender. You describe yourself as transgender. What does that mean to you?
HEGARTY: Well, you know, it’s pretty simple. I don’t identify as a man. I identify as transgender, you know? I mean, it’s a pretty typical phenomenon. There’s probably transgender people in most families, somewhere around the line. Usually exhibits…
(Soundbite of laughter)
HEGARTY: Its symptoms, like, by the age of five or something, you know that your alignment is subtly or very overtly different than the kids that may be around you. I always aligned more with my mother and my mother’s side. And my pursuits and interests as a really young kid were more creative and always leaning more toward the feminine side as opposed to towards the masculine side of activities. So, it’s really as simple as that, you know? I made a choice to, sort of, really spell it out for people, especially since I’m not someone that is transitioned to—towards anything, really. I’m just sort of in a process of embracing myself as a transgender person and presenting myself, you know, as I am…
GROSS: You mean as opposed to having a sex-change operation to surgically alter yourself?
HEGARTY: No, not necessarily. That’s not what I meant. But you know, it could be more subtle than that. You know, I mean, I think people tend to be really obsessed with transgender people’s physical configurations. But transgender is a condition of the spirit, you know? There’s something very reductive that tends to occur in perceiving transgender people and even gay people, in that society tends to want to reduce them, in almost a crude way, around an obsession with their sexuality or even their genital configuration, which has—there’s a kind of a cruelty to that, when, in fact, what we are dealing with is people whose spirits are different.
And it’s much more subtle and there’s a lot more potential there within each of those children and within each of those adults that remains unacknowledged and sometimes even unexplored, because people, even individuals, fall victim to society’s impression of them or society’s reduction of them. And what you tend to notice about a transgender kid, you know, they’re usually the ones that are kind of dancing by themselves in a little circle of light, and they see colors more brightly, and they’re very sensitive to the feelings of kids, other kids, and adults around them. And my suggestion is that they have a little gift inside their hearts that could be a real asset within the family. And I think that’s true of gay kids, too, you know?
Just about when Q&A thinks that there are no positive representation of Asian Genderqueers in the media, we stumble upon MISSTER a five Taiwanese girl C-POP band. OMFG GTFO rite?!
Band members consist of group leader Jin Tai aka Diana, Milk Pan, Carol Chen, Chris Lai, and Chiao Wang
As far as androgyny goes, we have bands like The Cliks, possibly Tegan and Sara… etc.
But anyways, we now have MISSTER (not to be confused with Mr. the Cantonese pop group) and they are great! GREAT! MISSTER is so new, that they don’t even have a Wiki yet.
Even if you don’t understand the band’s lyrics, you can always enjoy the beats and their dancing skill. They’re interestingly better than a boy band, because they will always look young!? No one knows if they’re queer or not, but their music videos are full of homoromantic tendencies. They’re so good at dancing like a boy band because of Diana’s decision to bring them together and train, mold, and groom them into the professional pop sensation.
AND YOU WONDER HOW WE KNOW THIS?
Extensive research to bring it home to y’all the readers. W0ot!
What do you think of the band?
japanese ftm transsexual idol group - girls to men
Marlon Alarm (musician)
I love all of you who support this blog and admire some of the things mainstream culture isn’t ready for.
(Submitted by marlonalarm)