A Showcase of Transgender Artists, Musicians, Writers and Performers

Trans-Genre Artists

Shawna Virago

Shawna Virago is celebrated as a transgender pioneer in music, filmmaking and activism. Miss Virago is a singer/songwriter whose music twists together roots rock and folk-punk, creating anthems for a new generation. A transsexual feminist icon for the Twenty First Century, Virago is a wordsmith in the troubadour tradition whose songs are slice-of-life windows into… Read More »

Tough Tough Skin

Tough Tough Skin takes the stage with a punk sensibility and a strong nod to the Homocore bands of the 90s. This Minneapolis rock trio draws on a range of influences, from classical and blues to riot grrl, and layers playful but propulsive bass and guitar with energetic vocals and breakneck rhythms that will shake… Read More »

Elliot Coale Holloway

There’s not much for a born-and-bred Massachusetts Democrat to do in a Midwest town like Wichita, Kansas, right? WRONG! As a recent addition to the GLBTQI community of Kansas, Elliot Coale Holloway has had to find ways other than the exceedingly in-your-face, direct activism he was used to doing, and that is coming through by… Read More »

Ryan Cassata

“Ryan Cassata…is a seasoned performer who has toured the country, appeared on television, written for film, and has done dozens of other amazing things as an advocate of equal rights who speaks publicly (and courageously) about transgender issues. When Ryan belts out a song, every note is infused with bravery and conviction.” – LI Pulse… Read More »

My Parents Favorite Music

Steffeny “Steffo” Messinger refers to her pseudonym/moniker “My Parents Favorite Music” for the video game and pop culture influenced songs she writes, produces, and records independently. Releasing albums as pieces of the map to a mysterious island, she tours the country bringing clever wordplay and a colorful presence to her musical adventure, and every listener is… Read More »

Lenny Zenith

Lenny Zenith was a seminal New Orleans experimental power- pop / new-wave artist performing in New Orleans, LA in his 20s. Lenny Zenith started RZA just out of High school and quickly became a staple on the burgeoning New Orleans, punk-pop, new-wave scene, noted for innovated shows with added performative elements. Lenny’s vocal style and… Read More »

Elias Krell

Elias is a singer, writer, and performer who currently lives in Poughkeepsie, New York. They are writing a book about trans musicians, with a focus on race, class, and ability, and have released three records, the latest of which is “Elias Krell & the No Good.”  

Jamez Terry

Jamez Terry (alias Vermicious Knid) is a zine-writing, fiddle-playing, story-telling minister, father, performer, and radical organizer. In 2004, he co-founded the Tranny Roadshow and spent the next 8 years bringing fantastic trans performance art all around North America.  He debuted his first solo show Identity in 2011.  Jamez’ performances blend storytelling, humor, poetry, music, and… Read More »