Being trans, becoming the person and gender you feel you ought to be isn’t the be all and end all of a person. A lot of trans people are making art or music. They understand gender, that ways of being and presenting yourself to the world are based on explorations and performances of the self. This leads to a lot of artistic experimentation. Most of it is pretty rad.
Trans Music Online
Homoground. This is one of my favorite places to check out what’s going on in trans music. They feature gay, lesbian, queer, and trans material. It’s really at the forefront of the movement. As opposed to political stances (although they have that in spades) this is a chance to listen to artistic and emotional expressions of trans being.
In Rainbows. This program’s scope isn’t quite as big as Homoground, but it has a lot of amazing material. It’s a live radio broadcast on CFUV 101.9 FM Victoria, that you can stream online. There’s a special focus on and affection for trans music on this show, and you will get to know a lot of cool trans artists who are making cutting edge music.
Lil Lavedy. If you want to hear some totally out there trans music, you might want to check out this artist. Lil Lavedy is a super bizarre, but awesome trans rapper, who is repping gender fluidity in a playful yet serious way. Plus, the songs are just a whole lot of fun to listen to.
Fuckyrbodyup! is an independent record label that is recording and promoting trans and noise acts. There is so much strange and exciting material on there to explore… go check it out now!
A lot of this music is totally underground, and not easy to find. However, this suits the whole story of being a trans person right now, which is very much about being outside the mainstream. If you’re looking to understand the trans experience (if there is such a thing) then this music is a good place to start.
Check out this sample of Lil Lavedy:
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