Tag: music

Trans People in Entertainment 2/20/23

| Feb 20, 2023

What’s TransTainment? Trans people in the entertainment business, transgender themes in film, TV and stage productions. Today we look at a trans DJ who was part of the Grammy Awards. Michaela Jaé Rodriguez becomes a beauty muse. A couple of films, one a documentary on Black sex workers, and the other a short from Norway about a trans woman menaced on a night time bus ride. There’s all that and more in TransTainmnt!

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Tell Shelley Anne: Interview with Grae Phillips

| Dec 5, 2022 | Reply

Born in Montreal, Canada, Grae Phillips came to national attention in the ’80s and ’90s by appearing on over a dozen talk shows, entertainment programs and news broadcasts. At present, Phillips is filming a documentary on his extraordinary life journey entertaining as a woman and all the challenges that it brings.

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TransTainment 8/29/22

| Aug 29, 2022 | Reply

What are transgender entertainers up to lately? Find out in TransTainment! From a trans woman rapper in Puerto Rico to a Japanese drag queen voicing a popular anime feature, we have the latest trans in entertainment news.

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Trans in Film and Video 8/22/22

| Aug 22, 2022 | Reply

A new role for Nicole Maines. An upcoming biopic on Candy Darling. The nonbinary actor playing Desire in The Sandman. Thoughts on the state of transgender representation in Hollywood. A comedy using gender reassignment as a disguise? A new song from Philly based band Sonja fronted by trans woman singer/guitarist Melissa Moore. And more!

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TransTainment 4/11/22

| Apr 11, 2022 | Reply

TransTainment is packed with talented entertainers this month. The lead singer of Rainbow Kitten Surprise comes out as trans. MTV’s reality show Ex on the Beach features a transgender contestant. Concert pianist Sarah Davis Beuchner talks to the press. Cavetown creates bedroom pop and is about to take it on tour. The Texas pop project known as Lorelei K. features a trans vocalist who speaks out about the state’s anti-trans stance. And there’s more! Don’t miss it!

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TransTainment 2/14/22

| Feb 14, 2022 | Reply

Time to catch up with transgender entertainers in TransTainment! The already overworked RuPaul Charles will add another television project to her todo list this year. Andreja Pejic appears in a film produced by David Lynch. The Recording Academy donates $150,000 to foster LGBTQ+ musical artists. Actress Rain Valdez makes her feature directorial debut. All that and more is in this month’s TransTainment!

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TransTainment 1/17/22

| Jan 17, 2022 | Reply

TransTainment! All the news you need about transgender people in the performing arts. Today we cover Mj Rodriguez Golden Globe win and a film she did before she blew up on Pose. Then there’s the 8 best films about trans characters, Munroe Bergdorf’s historic Cosmo cover, and one of the best songs from 2021 by Kim Petras.

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TransTainment 7/4/21

| Jul 5, 2021 | Reply

Time for another look at transgender people in the arts and entertainment! Those starring in today’s production include the new Miss Nevada, a version of The Brady Bunch that puts drag queens in the show, Mj Rodriquez sings, India’s first transgender model wants to act, and the TRANScendent Sounds Festival 2021 is online for your your viewing and listening pleasure. Don’t miss all the TransTainment news!

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TransTainment! Film, TV and Music

| Mar 8, 2021 | Reply

It’s TransTainment! All the news from arts and entertainment that features transgender musicians, performers, actors and artists. Today there’s news about Pose. The trans man who stars on 9-1-1: Lone Star. Josie Totah in a new film for Netflix, and more! Keep up to date on trans artistes activities!

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Glam Rocks!

| Feb 15, 2021 | Reply

Christy Lewis fondly recalls the days of big hair, high heeled shoes and bold makeup. Is she remembering her formative years dressing up as a lady? No. She’s remembering the glam rockers, hair bands, and other musicians whose stage image crossed the gender border into traditionally feminine looks. Rock on. . . We mean read on!

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TransTainment! Trans in arts and entertainment

| Jan 11, 2021 | Reply

It’s news from the world of the arts and entertainment. From the transgender Bond Girl to an author whose debut novel is being published by one of the top publishers, Angela Gardner rounds up the news on the creative members of the trans community.

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Trans in the Arts: TransTainment

| Aug 24, 2020 | Reply

TransTainment is about transgender people in entertainment and the arts. Today we cover a 69-year-old transgender comic, the expansion of the Drag Race empire into The Netherlands, the passing of a Philadelphia drag performer, a documentary film covering four trans activists and artist who came out of the NYC underground scene, and more!

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Tell Shelley Anne: Rev. Yolanda

| Jul 20, 2020 | 1 Reply

Rev. Yolanda is a singer, songwriter, trans-femme genderqueer performance artist and interfaith minister, originally from Muscle Shoals, Alabama, ‘The Hit Recording Capital of The World.’ Rev. Yolanda and husband Rev. Glen Ganaway are the founders of the monthly ‘spiritual happening’ Church With A 2 Drink Minimum. Yolanda will soon be releasing her new EP of “ambient kundalini dance rock” titled”YolandaNanda.” She is interviewed today by Shelley Anne about the EP and her life.

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Rev. Yolanda’s Upcoming EP “YolandaNanda”

| Jun 22, 2020 | Reply

We got this press release from longtime friend of TGForum, Reverend Yolanda. We share her news with you. Hi, I wanted you to know about my latest music project located at www.YolandaNanda.net  I started creating YolandaNanda right before COVID 19, and planned to have a live release party on May 10 at my Church With […]

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| Dec 16, 2019 | Reply

It’s our column on transgender people in the arts! TransTainment! Today there’s news about a new scripted show starring RuPaul that’s coming to NetFlix in January. Andreja Pejic has decided to make an effort to do more acting. Here experience in The Girl in The Spider’s Web gave her a taste for it. Y: The Last Man Standing is coming to FX as a series. They are casting a trans man for a new role. Jen Richards was getting good reviews for her performance in Mrs. Fletcher but the series has been canceled after one season. Singer Ryan Cassada talks about his problems caused by alcohol and drugs and why sober is better. There’s all that and a bit more in TransTainment!

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21st Century Trans Rock

| Dec 9, 2019 | Reply

In the late 1990s Aleisha Michelle Emerson wrote three articles for TGForum that covered the inclusion of transgender elements in popular music from the ‘50s to the late 1990s. We recently featured those articles as Retro Reruns from our Archives. From Little Richard’s eyeliner and pompadour to the lyrics of Lou Reed’s Walk on the […]

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Trans Owned Music Performance Space

| Nov 25, 2019 | Reply

“Best Little Listening Room Around” Edith May’s Paradise is one of the most eclectically beautiful house concert settings in existence (said confidently and without too much fear of hyperbole!). From the excellent sound system, to the head of Elvis, to the baseball paraphernalia, to the musical instruments that grace the walls there is a lot […]

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| Oct 21, 2019 | Reply

It’s the trans in entertainment column you know you need — TransTainment! Today we feature Brazilian drag performer Pabllo Vittar. She’s gorgeous, is blowing up with pop music hits worldwide and is a trans activist speaking out against violence toward LGBT people. Gigi Gorgeous introduces a makeup line for “everyone.” Courtney Act shows a lot of leg. German born Kim Petras is also an international pop star who wants to be known for her music, not her gender status. All that and more, it’s our motto here at TransTainment, and we mean it!

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Trans Influenced Rock: The 1980s, 1990s, and Beyond…

| Oct 14, 2019 | Reply

Last month we reached into the TGForum Archives and brought back part two of Aleisha Michelle Emerson’s series on transgender influenced rock. The articles were originally published in the late 1990s and in the first two she covered the 1950s and ’60s, and the Glam Rock trend of the ’70s. Today we pull out number three in the series and bring you her article on the gender bending that went on in the music world during the 1980s and ’90s. While none of the bands and musicians in the article have not declared themselves trans they were willing to bend gender norms to help them stand out in the crowd.

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Transgender Rock & Roll! Part One: Beginnings, 1955-1970

| Aug 19, 2019 | Reply

Back in 1996 Aleisha Michelle Emerson contributed some columns to TGForum that explored the transgender side of rock and roll. She began the columns in the 1950s and covered up to 1970 with her first column. We unlocked the vault and ventured down into the dusty Archives of TGForum past to bring you that first column. Today she looks at The Beatles, Little Richard, The Who and The Kinks.

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Trans Media Arts: Trans in Entertainment!

| Apr 1, 2019 | Reply

Amanda F. Steele covers the transgender entertainment and media beat. Today she has news about Shangela performing as Beyoncé for Beyoncé and her husband Jay-Z. Then she introduces us to a guitarist and band leader who dares to perform in Malaysia , an ultra-conservative Muslim controlled nation. She also has news about Andreja Pejic and how to honor International Transgender Visibility Day in the U.K. Alex would talk with the voice of a trans man. Get it all from Trans Media Arts.

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Music, Arts, Entertainment: Trans Media Arts

| Aug 20, 2018 | Reply

Amanda F. Steele covers the arts and entertainment beat for TGF. Today she has the news about Nicole Maines in Supergirl, a project by a coalition of Hollywood organizations to promote the casting of transgender actors, a controversy around Amanda Lepore on album artwork, Dame Edna in hot water with the T community, and more. Keep up with what’s happening with transgender people in the arts and entertainment scene by following Trans Media Arts.

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New Music Video from Rev. Yolanda

| Aug 13, 2018 | Reply

Rev. Yolanda has made a video of her song Transcendence. The song is available now on a 3 song EP and it is part of the upcoming autobiographical musical The Church Of The Alien Love Child Presents: The Passion of Rev. Yolanda to be premiered Oct 11, and 12, 2018.

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“Daughter” by Ryan Cassata Video Review

| Apr 16, 2018 | Reply

Music columnist Pam DeGroff returns to TGForum with a review of a new video by FtM musician and song writer Ryan Cassata. The song is titled Daughter and is about how gender transition changed many relationships in his life. In particular it changed the father-daughter relationship. Where his father had established bonds to a daughter, after Ryan’s transition his father had to learn how to change that relationship to bond with his new son. But Ryan will always be his dad’s little girl. Watch the video and read Pam’s review.

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Trans Media Arts — Trans Music!

| Apr 2, 2018 | Reply

Amanda F. Steele is our arts, music and media reporter. Today she has news of the first trans woman contestant on The Voice. She tells you all about a woman who wants to be the first trans Latina rapper, features a music video by a band called Ought that tells the story of a mechanic by day who dolls up to sing with the band at night. Amanda also has news of the upcoming Against Me! tour of the west coast, and she includes and concludes her post with a new track from Amanda Lepore.

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Review: “Tranny” by Laura Jane Grace

| Dec 18, 2017 | Reply

Our Page Pundit Sophie Lynne takes a look back at a book that was published a little over a year ago but has made a lasting impression on her. It’s Laura Jane Grace’s book “Tranny: Confessions of Punk Rock’s Most Infamous Anarchist Sellout.” Sophie discusses the many levels the book hit her on and why anyone who was put off by the title’s first word should put aside their feelings about that and read Grace’s story which combines pain and joy from which she emerges triumphant.

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