Queerblr Pride Party Playlist: Trans & Non-Binary Artists
Our second playlist for The Queerblr’s June Pride Party Playlist is highlighting ten transgender and non-binary artists! We hope that you find some artists you haven’t heard of, enjoy what you hear, and go support them!
Please note we have not flagged any artist for explicit content because your listening platform of preference will do it for you. We also don’t want an “explicit song” stamp to deter anyone from giving any of the artists a listen.
Jake Edwards (he/him/they/them) is a London based singer-songwriter who got his start on YouTube. Jake started releasing YouTube videos in 2013 and started releasing music in 2017. Their lyrics are derived directly from their lived experiences accompanied with simplistic acoustics for a wholesome indie sound.
Steam Powered Giraffe
Steam Powered Giraffe is a band based out of San Diego, California. The band describes themselves as a steampunk musical project with comedic elements. Steam Powered Giraffe has its own fictional universe and mythology, with the band members portraying characters both on stage and on record. When Isabella “Bunny” Bennett, one of the twins who founded the group (her brother is David Bennett who also sings in the band) and lead vocalist, began to transition in 2014 the band coincided her transition with that of her performance character. The group has been making music since 2008 and every album brings new masterfully crafted stories to life with the quirky android pantomime.
Skylar Kergil (he/him) is a Boston based singer-songwriter who also got his start on YouTube, having started uploading videos documenting their transition, talking about trans issues and gender identity, and uploading poetry and music in 2009. He has been releasing music since 2013 and also wrote a memoir in 2017, Before I Had the Words: On Being a Transgender Young Adult. His music is genuine, wholesome, and beautifully composed. And according to his twitter, he’ll have a new song up on June 11th, 2020.
Claud (they/them) is an artist who has been releasing music since 2018. I haven’t been able to find too much information about them outside of their Twitter and Spotify artist page but their music is a joy to listen as it ranges from electropop/synth-pop to indie pop. Claud’s melodic vocals are the perfect accompaniment to any musical instrumentation and I cannot wait to see how they further develop as an artist.
Ryan Cassata (he/him) is a Los Angeles based singer-song writer who also got their initial start on YouTube. He has successfully transitioned into a musical career and has a unique musica sounds that range from rock pop (like bands Blink 182 and Paramore) to indie-folk in their most recent album, The Witches Made Me Do It. His lyrics are powerful and don’t shy away from his lived experiences or social commentary on toxic heteronomativity.
She/Her/hers is a Lansing, Michigan based folk punk band that sings powerful songs about the gender binary accompanied with strong guitar riffs, slapping bass lines, and head jamming drums. Their songs are unapologetic in calling out toxic heteronormativity, calling into question gender roles and trans individuals “passing” in queer or cis spaces.
Laith Ashley (he/him) is an American singer who initially rose to the spotlight after his modeling career took off in 2015, appearing on the covers of British GQ, Vogue France, Out Magazine, and Gay Times, among others. Laith began releasing music in 2017 and though he has only released three songs as of this posting, his music has nods to traditional hip-hop and mainstream music and sounds like it belongs on America’s top forty (which is not a bad thing at all).
Left at London
Nat Puff (she/her) of Left at London is a Seattle based artist who began releasing music in 2017. Her music is honest and intrinsically her. Her about page on Spotify put it wonderfully: “Although Left At London mostly is known for herpop writing sensibility, she is mostly known for her deeply personal and introspective lyricism. Despite some of the songs subject matters being very specific to her life as a trans woman with autism, borderline personality disorder, ADHD, and PTSD, her songwriting style takes these concepts and makes them into something that’s uniquely abstract while still remaining relatable and honest.”
Worries is a Los Angeles based indie rock band with front runner Lauren Denitzio (they/them) as the lead vocalist. The band has gone through some band member rotations, but Denitzio has been the groups songwriter and lead vocalist since inception. Their sound is a soft rock with lyrics that don’t shy away from queer topics and Denitzio strong unique voice that ties everything together.
Peppermint (she/her) is a New York based singer, actress, and TV personality (popularly known as the runner up for RuPaul’s Drag Race season nine) who, in 2018, became the first out trans woman to play a lead role on Broadway when she starred in The Go-Go’s-inspired musical Head Over Heels as Pythio. Her music straddles the line of hip-hop and dance with some songs that slow it down and become powerful ballads that sing to the queer community (Civil War).
We hope that you’ve enjoyed this playlist sampling. Check out the Queerblr Pride Party Playlist 2: Trans & Non-Binary Artists on Spotify where we’ve created a 20 song playlist for this week highlighting the above artists!
Don’t forget to let us know who your favorite LGBTQ+ musical artists/bands are so we can include them in later playlists throughout the month by either commenting below, commenting on the @Queerblr thread on Twitter, or sending us a message to either our Instagram or Facebook.
We’ll see you next week with more music!