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Recommendation: Just Another Beautiful Boy


Alison recommends…

Just another beautiful submission.

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Posted by on January 17th, 2014 at 08:00 am

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Recommendation: Mumford’s — Caster


Chris Lyng recommends…

This song is about accepting people for what they see themselves as.

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Posted by on January 13th, 2014 at 08:00 am

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Recommendation: Andrew in Drag


Someone recommends…

Andrew in Drag
A music video

Just a few days ago I’d discovered a band from the 90′s called Magnetic Fields and have been listening to them a bunch.

I was surprised to see a song of theirs posted on my youtube feed from Domino records. The whole song can be summed up by a single line: “The only girl I’ll ever love is Andrew in drag.”

NB: The video features brief nudity. There is also a music-only version.

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Posted by on December 3rd, 2013 at 08:00 am

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Recommendation: Indochine — Playboy


Howard recommends…

Indochine have quite a few songs about being gender-variant, including Playboy, 3ème sexe (literally translates to “third sex”), and Ladyboy. Revolution is kind of about gender. Juliette’s Silences and Unisexe are somewhat about gender, but focus more on relationships.

Indochine is an incredibly gender progressive band. Unfortunately, they do only sing in French. Still, their songs have a pretty clear meaning!

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Posted by on December 1st, 2013 at 08:00 am

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Recommendation: Kate Bornstein, “Tranny of Assisi”


Logan K. Young recommends…

Kate Bornstein, “Tranny of Assisi”
A song, a pic, a vid, a tweet…all from an icon!

I remember this tweet just like it was yesterday:

@katebornstein: “New song by me on YouTube: ‘Tranny of Assisi.’ Art by @relaxmammal, music by @Songify. http://t.co/GC8LskV #cute #pug #puggle #cats #dogs.”

With more than a few characters left in her seven score limit (not to mention the draconian firewalls at my nine-to-fiver), I almost didn’t click on that link. Known more for her staging than her singing, I thought it a bit unceremonious, too, for our most decorated “transgender warrior” to drop such a thing out of nowhere. Barely a minute long, perhaps Col. B. didn’t think it warranted any real shock ’n’ awe.

But boy-oh-lady-boy, did she ever undersell it.

Unlike many in the elder guard, Auntie Kate has always had her finger quite abreast on whatever it is the kids are up to nowadays. Produced entirely on a dollar store App(le) for geniuses on the go, this li’l ditty is a delightfully vocoded roll call of her many four-legged friends: a pug, a puggle, twothree kitties, and one shy, but friendly turtle.

Turns out, St. Francis of Assisi — founder of the Franciscan order, known mostly for receiving the stigmata himself — is also the patron saint of animals and the environment. (Raised Catholic, but molested Baptist, how was I to know?) Even more fascinating, Bornstein orchestrated this whole paean while on a plane to Ireland.

So, while the momma cat’s away from Twitter, mouse on over yourself…and just push play.

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Posted by on November 3rd, 2013 at 08:00 am

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Recommendation: Goldfrapp — Annabel


Keir recommends…

Beautiful short film about gender non-conformity set to the wonderful music of Goldfrapp.

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Posted by on October 26th, 2013 at 08:00 am

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Recommendation: Fever Dreams for Pansies


Myles recommends…

Cover art of Fever Dreams for Pansies

Hey Genderforkers! I’m a femme transsexual man who has been making music for years. I write gender-fierce anthems, songs about being a survivor, ballads about navigating transphobia, queer teen love songs, and pop duets with myself.

Coming out as trans and starting HRT forced me to put my art on the backburner for a while. But I’m diving back into my art now and very excited to share it!

You can download or stream my songs or watch my videos!

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Posted by on September 16th, 2013 at 08:00 am

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Recommendation: The Replacements — Androgynous


Someone recommends…

It’s a lovely, sweet song about being who you are with someone you love. It’s all about how okay it is to be androgynous; that there is someone out there who will love you for it, that one day it won’t matter what gender you are.

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Posted by on August 5th, 2013 at 08:00 am

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Recommendation: Masculine Women! Feminine Men!


essejz and Ihm recommend…

Masculine Women! Feminine Men!
a song & music video from 1926

A video from the first gender revolution of the 20th century…

I think it’s heartening to see that gender non-conformity is nothing new and will never get old.

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Posted by on July 18th, 2013 at 08:00 am

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Recommendation: Schmekel


F(t)EMME recommends…

"Schmekel: 100% Trans Jews - Queers on Rye" album cover. A babyblue table with a pomegranate and four plates with the band's members' heads between slices of bread. Two are wearing the typical Jewish male headcovers, the other two wear glasses.

Schmekel is Queer Jewcore from Brooklyn — 100% Transgender, 100% Jewish! Their music offers a Bar-Mitzvah buffet of punk, klezmer, jazz, rock, and polka influences, while their lyrics combine bawdy humor and critical awareness; encouraging audiences to laugh at butt jokes while deconstructing systems of oppression. Schmekel’s bespectacled transsexual singer-songwriters are guitarist Lucian Kahn and keyboardist Ricky Riot. Bearded bassist Nogga Schwartz yells loudly, and genderqueer drummer Simcha Halpert-Hanson carries two big sticks. “Schmekel” is Yiddish for “little penis.”

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Posted by on July 14th, 2013 at 08:00 am

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Recommendation: Conchita Wurst


Brog recommends…

Cover photo: Conchita Wurst: That's What I Am. -- A person with long, black hair, and full black beard, in a dress/top full of silver sequins. They are in front of a silky deep red background, and they have one hand slightly raised.

Eurovision 2012 has been and gone, but while clicking around the videos I came across this — which was only narrowly beaten to being Austria’s entry for 2012.

Conchita Wurst’s blend of masculine and feminine presentation is particularly interesting, and they are adored by the Austrian public. Worth a look!

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Posted by on June 4th, 2013 at 08:00 am

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Recommendation: CN Lester


tigr recommends…

CN Lester
debut album/music(ian)

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. :)

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Posted by on January 28th, 2012 at 08:00 am

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Recommendation: Rachel Stamp


Mike recommends…

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!

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Posted by on November 17th, 2011 at 08:00 am

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Recommendation: Shawna Virago Objectified


StormMiguel Florez recommends…

In the age of quick-fix internet consumption, I fear for the extinction of the art of the full length record album. Shawna Virago’s album “Objectified” gives me loads of hope (and evidence) that great musicians are still making great albums!

From beginning to end, the personal, political, and raw “Objecified” takes the listener on a rockin’ journey of a fierce gender-f*cking pioneer. To boot, each song is a masterpiece in its own right. Ms. Virago’s lyrics are whip-smart, and all kinds of profound; and her tunes are a complex mix of roots, punk, and glitter-twang. Seriously gender-forkers, check it out and see what I’m talking about!

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Posted by on November 10th, 2011 at 04:00 pm

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Recommendation: Queer Musical from Göteborg


A reader recommends…

Queers singing in the streets of Göteborg, Sweden.

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Posted by on October 18th, 2011 at 08:00 am

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Recommendation: Rae Spoon


Jj recommends…

Rae Spoon
A singer-songwriter

He’s an awesome trans singer songwriter with a beautiful voice.

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Posted by on September 20th, 2011 at 08:00 am

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Recommendation: Nightwork


J recommends…

“Nightwork”
A music album.

Scissor Sisters are one of the top gay bands in pop music right now. This album deals with a lot of queer issues, such as non-normative sex and gay subcultures. Plus, the cover is a photo by Robert Mapplethorpe who was a seminal queer artist. In the future, this album will likely be regarded as a queer cultural document and statement about 2010.

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Posted by on April 14th, 2011 at 04:00 pm

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Recommendation: Nicole Reynolds


A reader recommends…

Nicole Reynolds
singer/songwriter

Nicole Reynolds is a folk singer/songwriter from Pennsylvania. A poet, singer, and farmer, she’s released a handful of albums and tours frequently on the East Coast of the US, performing particularly at queer venues and events.

I love her unique brand of androgyny; she looks and sounds quite a bit like a twelve-year-old boy, but she plays guitar like a young Bob Dylan (check out live performances of her antiwar song ‘June’ on YouTube) and takes great pride in her own femininity. Her music’s clever, funny, and has a timeless quality to it that’s definitely worth a listen. Take a look!

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Posted by on March 30th, 2011 at 04:00 pm

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Recommendation: L.P.


Andi recommends…

L.P.
musician

L.P. has an amazing androgynous style and casual humor which will charm anyone. But more important than any gender presentation or sexuality she has a voice that will chill you to the bone and make you jump to your feet. Every song is incredibly powerful and you couldn’t ask for anything better.

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Posted by on March 18th, 2011 at 04:00 pm

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Recommendation: Love’s Sweet Exile, by Manic Street Preachers



Ariel Silvera
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In their early days, the Manics, a welsh alt.rock band, played a lot with androgyny and a critique of oppressive masculinity. In a rock world that was, and still is, heterosexist and binary, the Manics messed around with suggestive videos that show some of them fooling around with each other while wearing gas masks and beautifully applied, heavy make-up. And hey, the lyrics aren’t bad either, about the alienation of all people under capitalism and how that tears us apart from each other.

Some other good songs/videos from that era: Stay Beautiful, Little Baby Nothing, You Love Us.

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Posted by on March 5th, 2011 at 08:00 am

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