Lavender Country, the first known gay country band formed in 1972, has found a new audience, and founder Patrick Haggerty has a certain way of describing them: “I call them the pink-haired, anarcho, fuck-you crowd. Now you know who I’m talking about, right? And listen, they are my comrades.”
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Violence and abuse are “very broad, but deeply personal” to Sankey, who finds a kind of exorcism in using “violent music” to address the nightmarish realities of these issues. “Saturn Devours The Sun” was penned three years ago, and Sankey admits she’s ready to move on.
While the last year felt like a two steps forward, three steps back kind of year, some notable trans folks broke national headlines, moving the needle even further towards trans visibility in 2019.
With Fantasmagoría, the fruit of Tacoma-based rapper Guayaba’s theater of horror is ripe for the picking.
Tom Goss uses the new video for “La Bufadora”, a song from his upcoming Territories album, as the perfect metaphor for emotional landmines and a relationship that can take a drastic turn for the worse in an instant.
There are so many things that numb us to who we are. Alcohol is a big one. Minority groups, including queer and trans folks, have higher rates of alcoholism. It makes sense that we’d want to reach for a substance that provides an escape. But where’s the line between temporary escape and self-sabotage, playing right into the hands of those harmful stereotypes forced on us?
Abby Posner found a surprising queer anthem in a late-nineties punk song. She’s the first to admit punk band Alkaline Trio’s “Cooking Wine” is not a queer song but, growing up queer in rural Colorado in the nineties, she took what she could get.
Kim Petras could be the next big pop star, and the fact that she’s transgender is secondly, thirdly, or even fourthly, a talking point.
Women and Trans skate nights and other Skate Like A Girl events are helping carve out a distinctive Seattle queer and trans skate community.
If you live in Seattle and are looking for transition-related medical care, luckily, it can be easier than some other places. Take it from me. I’ll tell you how I did it and where you can start if you’re just beginning to navigate the healthcare system.
Seattle genre-fluid band Nauticult has decided to change it up again. “We’ve recently decided to, instead of calling ourselves experimental hip hop, call ourselves experimental punk. That was a long discussion,” says vocalist Austin Sankey.
The Queer and Trans Youth Music Project (QTYMP) wants youth programs in the hands of the youth themselves. The project was birthed out of the legacy of Queer Rock Camp in 2016 and is a fiscal sponsee of the Vera Project. Under the umbrella of QTYMP are Camp Emerald and Rogue Rainbow. Camp Emerald is a week-long summer camp in Seattle where queer and trans youth ages 14 to 21 learn to play an instrument, join a band and perform in a show on the final night.