A Showcase of Transgender Artists, Musicians, Writers and Performers

Trans-Genre Artists

Kelsey Jarboe

Kelsey Jarboe’s work is about collective memory, historical revisionism, and escapism, incorporating field recordings with songwriting, samples, spoken word, and abstract vocal improvisation. It attempts to evoke both familiarity and alienation: the uncanny of a home we have only seen on television or heard of in myth. The music is strongly influenced by both experimental… Read More »

Kelly Shortandqueer

Kelly Shortandqueer has been making friends laugh with anecdotes about his life for years. He has brought this candid storytelling style of performance to the Tranny Roadshow stage, entertaining audiences with his honesty and humor since 2005. You can also find his stories in his zines, most recently his Shortandqueer series. Along with Jamez Terry,… Read More »

Metahuman

Metahuman aka Kalil Cohen began recording and interpreting the world around him at the age of 5, with meticulously detailed travel journals of family trips. With an insatiable drive to make sense of life through rhythm and rhyme, Metahuman soon began self-publishing his poetry, although his grandmother was his only customer for some time.  Many… Read More »

Mitch Kellaway

Mitch Kellaway is a queer, mixed-race Latino, Boston-based transgender activist, writer, and co-editor of the forthcoming anthology Manning Up: Transsexual Men on Finding Brotherhood, Family & Themselves (Transgress Press, 2014). In 2014, he was listed among the annual Trans 100 for serving trans communities through his writing. He currently contributes to the Huffington Post’s Transgender News & Politics, is… Read More »

Ricky Riot, Lucian Kahn, Simcha Halpert-Hanson, and Nogga Schwartz

Schmekel

Schmekel is Brooklyn’s only 100% Transgender, 100% Jewish trans-core band! 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… Read More »

Katy Koonce

Katy Koonce is the front person for the Austin Texas queer rock band Butch County. Koonce is a trans-identified psychotherapist in Austin and has played with TX gender warriors, Raunchy Reckless and the Amazons, who first passed from the spiritual realm into the physical world of Austin, TX in March of 1999. Since their momentous… Read More »

J. J. Lepke

My best work lately has been in traditional collage, but I’m also working in other media, such as graphic design, and am in the process of writing and illustrating a graphic novel. I’ve also written and copy-edited news and press releases for a few GLBTQ/trans* organizations, it’s been some of my favorite and most personally… Read More »