Their voices are powerful. Their stories are inspiring. These transgender singers have won over fans with their impressive musical talents and advocacy for trans people. Some talented transgender vocalists sing folk music, while other notable trans singers perform at the opera. Many of the greatest transgender singers front popular rock bands.
Who will you find on this list of famous transgender singers? Laura Jane Grace appears at the top. In 2016, the Against Me! singer burned her birth certificate on stage in North Carolina to protest transgender discrimination. She came out as a transgender women in a Rolling Stone interview in 2012 and released her memoir, Tranny, in 2016. Antony Hegarty is one of the only transgender musicians to ever be nominated for an Academy Award. She was recognized for Best Original Song for “Manta Ray," which was featured in the documentary Racing Extinction. Other famous musicians that appear on this list of top transgender singers include Eli Conley, Richard O'Brien, and Bell Nuntita.
Which transgender singer is your favorite? Take a look at this list and share some of your favorite songs in the comments section.
In 2016, Against Me! singer Laura Jane Grace burned her birth certificate on stage in North Carolina to protest transgender discrimination. She came out as a transgender women in a Rolling Stone interview in 2012 and released her memoir, Tranny, in 2016.
Genres (Music): Folk music, Alternative rock, Punk rock, Folk punk
Albums: Heart Burns, Anna Is a Stool Pigeon
Nationality: United States of America
Cliks vocalist and guitarist Lucas Silveira is the first transgender male to be signed to a major record label. "Being a person who identifies as a male in a physicality [that is] still female, and then transitioning to a male, was a very interesting thing,” he said in an interview.
“I still believe that somewhere in my psyche there is a place that has been conditioned and socialized to be female."
Genres (Music): Rock music, Folk music
Singer and actress Romy Haag – who has appeared in such films as Mascara and House of Boys – was born Edouard Frans Verba in the Netherlands. Besides her own musical and film career, Haag is known for her relationship to David Bowie.
Genres (Music): Pop music
Nationality: Netherlands, Germany
"Everyone is uncomfortable with gender. It's an uncomfortable thing, especially if you are born in a body where you have to think about it all the time," said hip-hop artist Katastrophe in an interview.
"Sometimes I feel the reason I was born is to make it something comfortable for me, but also to make it comfortable for the rest of the world."
Genres (Music): Hip hop music, LGBT hip hop