Tag: Musician

Trans Media Arts — Film, TV, Music and More

| Jun 24, 2019 | Reply

Hello everyone! Hope you are all doing well. Welcome to SUMMER! Olaf’s, from Disney’s Frozen, favorite season. Curiously, since he is a snowman. Little did he know. “Bees’ll buzz, kids’ll blow dandelion fuzz and I’ll be doing whatever snow does in summer,” he sang obliviously. Speaking of the movie Frozen, which I adore, there are a […]

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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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Retro Rerun: DJ 1.8.7 Comes Out as Trans

| Mar 25, 2019 | Reply

We dip back into the archives for this story which ran on TGForum in 1998. It’s about a drum’n’bass DJ who came out as a trans woman that year. Her name is Jordana LeSesne. Read the original post reprinted from SPIN magazine and then scroll down for an update on what Jordana is up to today.

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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 Film, TV, Music! Trans Media Arts

| Mar 5, 2018 | Reply

Our west coast correspondent Amanda F. Steele covers the arts scene. Film, books, television, music. Whatever the art form if it features transgender characters or is created by transgender people Amanda includes it in Trans Media Arts. Today she has more on the departure of Jeffrey Tambor from Transparent. The band All-American Rejects has put out an 11 minute film for their song Sweat and Amanda has the video right here. Then she has info about a graphic novel about a prince who adopts a female identity and becomes a trendsetter. There’s more in Trans Media Arts — don’t miss it!

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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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Youth View with M — Trans Music

| Dec 18, 2017 | Reply

Music is important to many people today. Trans and queer music is a sub genre in the popular music scene. What are the youth of today listening to? In particular — what are the trans/gender fluid/queer/agender youth of today listening to? We don’t know about all of them but our Youth View correspondent M introduces you to the trans and gender fluid musical artists they find appealing. And there are videos embedded in M’s blog so you can listen and view for yourself.

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Perpetual Change: Music Buying Guide and Two Reviews

| Dec 19, 2016 | Reply

Pamela DeGroff has a different Perpetual Change for you today. Along with the annual year end music buying guide, she’s including a couple of short reviews of brand new musical projects. The first project is Shawna Virago’s “Heaven Sent Delinquent.” The next is Rev. Yolanda Mape’s “Country Gospel Kirtan Vol.2 Step Back.” There’s a lot on the Perpetual Change plate this month, so get comfortable.

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Trans Media Arts — The Shawna Virago Interview

| Dec 12, 2016 | Reply

Today Amanda devotes Trans Media Arts to an in-depth interview with San Francisco trans folk/punk performer Shawna Virago. The interview covers such topics as who is Shawna’s favorite Beatle, what was the inspiration for her stage look, what she does for fun at the Motel 6 every month and where she what motivates her to write songs. The Shawna Virago interview is today’s Trans Media Arts, and Amanda includes a video of a song from Shawna’s new album.

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Perpetual Change: Three Music Reviews

| Nov 21, 2016 | Reply

Perpetual Change is TGForum’s long running music column by Pamela DeGroff. Today Pamela reviews three music projects include the hard-to-find CD entitled “Rock And Roll Drag Queen Tribute/The Fabulous Tranni-rock of Robbie Quine,” originally released in 2005. Also included are reviews of Lady Gaga’s newest, “Joanne” and “Kin” by K.T. Tunstall. Get the inside track on the music scene with Perpetual Change.

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Trans in Entertainment and the Arts — Trans Media Arts

| Nov 15, 2016 | Reply

With news from entertainment and the arts, here is Amanda’s Trans Media Arts column. Today she features news about the 17th Street High Heel Race, Elton John’s purchase of some drag art, GLAAD’s annual report on how the television industry is treating trans actors and characters, word of an Ed Wood musical and a lot more. Don’t miss Trans Media Arts!

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Perpetual Change — Trans Music Makers

| Oct 24, 2016 | Reply

Today Pamela DeGroff reviews the new CD from trans man singer songwriter Ryan Cassata. It’s titled Shine. Then Pamela dives into to some music news from her favorite artists like Rev. Yolanda, Georgie Jessup, and Calpernia Addams. She also has Hedwig tour news and a note about the new Lady Gaga album, Joanne. She rounds out the column with a mini review of a new EP by a Norwegian rocker names Dagny. You’ll find it all in Perpetual Change, TGF’s longest running column.

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Perpetual Change — Shawna Virago Interview

| Sep 26, 2016 | Reply

Shawna Virago, the San Francisco based singer/songwriter, was last interviewed on TGForum when her Objectified album came out. Today Pamela DeGroff checks in with Ms. Virago and learns that she is now working on a new album. The interview covers touring, her work with a dance troupe, and her politics and musical influences. If you haven’t met her before give Perpetual Change a read and learn all about Shawna Virago. Then Pamela gives you a mini review of a new album from a group called Tritonal. Listen to one of their new tracks right here.

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Perpetual Change: Rev. Yolanda, Part 2

| Aug 29, 2016 | Reply

The Rev. Yolanda Mapes is a drag queen musical minister whose live show “Rev. Yolanda’s Old Time Gospel Show” mixes that old time religion with gospel music and eastern philosophy. Last month Pamela DeGroff interviewed Yolanda about her upcoming projects. Today she presents Part 2 of that interview along with some musical news concerning Cyndi Lauper and does a review of new music by female rocker Kaye. It’s all in our TGF music column, Perpetual Change.

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Perpetual Change: Rev. Yolanda’s Birthday Celebration

| Aug 1, 2016 | Reply

The Rev. Yolanda Mapes is going to be celebrating her birthday soon and in honor of the occasion our trans music scene writer Pamela DeGroff has done an interview with the Rev. Yolanda. In case you don’t know about her drag queen gospel show you can learn a lot about it and how Yolanda came to be a minister and a drag queen who created Rev. Yolanda’s Old Time Gospel Hour by reading Part 1 of the TGF interview with Yolanda. Then Pam gives you some news about live appearances by several trans artists and reviews a new album from a band called St. Lucia. It’s all there waiting for you in the longest running column on TGF, Perpetual Change.

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Trans Media Arts — Ahoy

| Jul 25, 2016 | Reply

Captain Amanda invites you aboard her Trans Media Arts ship and promises to take you away from all the bad news to a land where trans characters and trans issues are front and center in television shows and films. Today she looks at a trans woman comic who is knockin’ ’em dead on “America’s Got Talent.” Then she points you to a story about a young drag queen who used a video about gender to get admitted to Harvard. She has news about Laura Jane Grace, Jazz Jennings and a young trans girl named Zay. There are videos you can view right inside her column. Keep up to date on trans people in the media with Trans Media Arts.

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Rhode Island Trans Rockers — Jodi Jolt and The Volt

| Jun 6, 2016 | Reply

Our music columnist interviews Jodi Jolt of the trans band Jodi Jolt and The Volt. They’re from Rhode Island and they gig throughout New England. The Volt performs in LGBT clubs and straight clubs. How do the crowds react when Jodi Jolt and The Volt hit the stage? Check out Pamela’s interview and learn a lot about the band. Then she has some music news from other trans performers.

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David de Alba Interview Plus Music News!

| May 9, 2016 | 3 Replies

Today in Perpetual Change Pamela DeGroff interviews The Cuban Legend, David de Alba about his career, his Cuban heritage and the upcoming documentary about David that is now in post-production. Then Pamela offers appearance news about Coco Peru, Rev. Yolanda, and Georgie Jessup. She has news about a new release from Shawna Virago and a mini review of Cyndi Lauper’s new country album, Detour.

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Trans Media Arts — Film, Entertainment, Art!

| May 2, 2016 | Reply

Can you handle the hottest news form the entertainment and arts worlds? If you said yes then jump into Amanda’s Trans Media Arts column! Today she writes about trans and cis musician’s reactions to HB2 and has late night host Seth Meyers’ clip about the restroom laws. She introduces Cleopatra Kambugu, the Ugandan trans woman who stars in a new documentary. She has items about a trans singer, the Big Bad Wolf controvery and more. Keep up with trans people in the arts and entertainment arenas with Trans Media Arts.

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Perpetual Change: Reviews and New Music

| Apr 11, 2016 | Reply

Today Perpetual Change brings you a song from trans man singer Ryan Cassata that tells the gender binary what it can do with itself in very certain, and profane, terms. Next up Pamela DeGroff has info on the forthcoming album from Reverend Yolanda, “Country Gospel Kirtan, Vol. 2.” Then she does a review of the newest music from No Doubt vocalist and solo artist Gwen Stefani, “This Is What Truth Feels Like.”

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Perpetual Change: CD Review, Mood Swings by Jennifer Leitham

| Feb 15, 2016 | Reply

Today Pamela DeGroff reviews the latest CD from trans woman, jazz musician and composer Jennifer Leitham. It’s called Mood Swings and features original compositions and Leitham’s take on the songs of others, including The Beatles’ You Won’t See Me. Then Pamela brings us info on upcoming performances by some trans performers and reviews a new CD by a group called Chairlift. The CD is titled Moth. Tune in for music news and commentary and check out Perpetual Change.

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Podcast: Part 2 of The Jennifer Leitham Interview

| Feb 15, 2016 | Reply

In December Pamela DeGroff featured Jennifer Leitham in her year end music buying guide and we ran an interview that Ms. Leitham did for the YourTrueGender podcast. Today, to compliment Pamela’s review of the Mood Swings CD we present Part 2 of the Jennifer Leitham interview. Ms. Leitham responds to questions about her music, her […]

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Perpetual Change: A Tribute To David Bowie

| Jan 18, 2016 | Reply

Today Pamela DeGroff devotes the majority of her column to David Bowie. His androgynous stage looks, and the lyrics to his song “Rebel, Rebel” provided inspiration to many in the trans community. His legacy of music, his influence on fashion and his flaunting of traditional gender roles make him one of the greats. Pam looks back at Bowie, and then rounds out her column with some music news and a review of Peaches new “Rub” album.

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Podcast: An Interview With Jennifer Leitham

| Dec 21, 2015 | 1 Reply

Today we bring you an audio interview with jazz bassist and composer Jennifer Leitham which was conducted last month before a gig in California. The interview was made available to us by the good people at YourTrueGenderPodcast. Ms. Leitham talks about her band, her career and her Mood Swings album.

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Perpetual Change Music Buying Guide

| Dec 14, 2015 | Reply

It’s time for Pamela DeGroff’s annual music buying guide, offering gift suggestions for that music lover on your Christmas list. Most of the artists and musicians on this list have an online presence through Twitter, Facebook, instagram, YouTube, etc. Their music can usually be found through major retailers such as Amazon and CD Baby. Many of these artists are trans while others are cisgender artists you will love to dance to.

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