Transgender Musicians

on 11 May 2012 in Slideshows


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Following Against Me! frontman Tom Gabel's brave admission that he is transgender and plans on becoming a woman, we wondered how many other musicians are or were transgender. Here's what we found.

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    Following Against Me! frontman Tom Gabel's brave admission that he is transgender and plans on becoming a woman, we wondered how many other musicians are or were transgender. Here's what we found.

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    Jayne County
    An actress at Andy Warhol’s factory, County has always been in the trendiest of scenes and has been cited as a direct influence to Patti Smith, David Bowie and Lou Reed.

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    Amanda Lepore

    Having been a fashion model, icon and performance artist Ms, Lepore recently released her first full length album.

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    Antony Hegarty of Antony and the Johnsons

    Antony Hegarty has become somewhat of a transgender icon since he and his band rose to fame in the late 1990s.

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    Lynn Breedlove of Tube 8

    An accomplished author and founding member of hard core band Trive 8, Breedlove has been outspoken on trans issues.

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    Baby Dee

    Baby Dee has played with the likes of the Dresden Dolls, Andrew WK and Anthony & the Johnsons, and has had a successful solo career having released her 6th solo album last year.

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    Pete Burns of Dead Or Alive

    Most famous as the lead singer of 90’s New Wave band Dead or Alive, Burns has risen to fame as a reality star in recent years.

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    Chaz Bono

    While not as famous as his musical parents Cher and the late Sonny Bono, Chaz has enjoyed a career as a musician and reality TV star.

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    Lucas Silveira of The Clicks

    Silveria has been living as a transgender man most of his life and has been open about his struggles since his rise in fame as a member of folk-rock band The Clicks.

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    Billy Tipton

    A renowned jazz musician and bandleader, Tipton was not publically known to have been born female until after his death in 1989.

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    Dee Palmer of Jethro Tull

    An accomplished composer, Palmer is most famous as the keyboardist of Jethro Tull.

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