With Transgender Day Of Remembrance around the corner, its important to remember that trans musicians are everywhere, and have always been everywhere, as forerunners in the musical industry. From standing in the spotlight back in the 60s with gospel notes to leading punk rocks bands in the 2010s, trans musicians are here to make their voices heard.
Ryan was one of the first transgender singers I had come across that I was aware of being trans. His music often sings of the reality of being a trans man in the world of rigid gender binaries, and speaks openly about not wanting to take the Hormone drug, Testosterone – otherwise known as just “T” – because of its unpredictable affects on his vocals. T lowers the voice of the person in question, sometimes meaning they cant control their voice the way they used to.
My favourite song by Ryan has to be “Gender Binary (Fuck You)”, which came out during the first Lockdown, and the video project saw many other trans and queer peopl..