Throughout history there have been countles transgender men and women in the music industry. Many of these artists have won prestigious music awards for their work.
Below is a brief timeline outlining some important dates transgender men and women in popular music:
During the 1940's & 1950's, a notable American jazz musician and bandleader by the name of Billy Tipton (born in 1914 as Dorothy Lucille Tipton) gained much success. What no one knew at the time was that Tipton was born a woman. Since the 1940's, Tipton lived as a man in all aspects of his life. The truth of his birth gender would not be revealed until many years later, following his death.
Transgender woman and composer, Wendy Carlos, writes the movie soundtrack for “Clockwork Orange” in 1972.
Celebrated jazz musician & band leader from the 1940's & 1950's, Billy Tipton, died in Spokane, Washington on January 21st, 1989. Upon his death, it was revealed that he was a woman. Tipton, lived for 56 years as a man, marrying several times and raising children. Until his death, his own son did not even know of Tipton's past. The first newspaper article about Tipton was published the day after his funeral and was quickly picked up by wire services. Stories about Tipton appeared in a variety of papers including tabloids such as the National Enquirer and The Star, as well as more reputable papers such as New York Magazine and The Seattle Times. Tipton's family also made talk show appearances.
Israeli transsexual pop singer, Dana International, wins the 1998 Eurovision Song Contest for her song "Diva".
Transgender singer, Anthony Hegerty of Anthony and the Johnsons, won the Mercury Music Prize on September 6th, 2005.
To help spread transgender & transsexual awareness around the world, United Kingdom Transgender singer, Chrisie Edkins, embarked on a world tour in 2012, performing at LGBT Pride events for free.
In May of 2012 the world witnessed the first major rock star to ever publicly come out as being transgender. Tom Gabel, lead singer, guitarist, and songwriter for the punk band Against Me!, announced in the May issue of Rolling Stone Magazine that he himself is Transgender, and will be now making the transition into Laura Jane Grace.
For the second year in a row, UK Transgender singer, Chrisie Edkins, embarkes on a world tour in 2013, performing at LGBT Pride events for free in order to help spread transgender & transsexual awareness.
Popular UK Transgender singer, model, actress and ITHS Hall of Fame nominee, Chrisie Edkins, passes away on June 11th, 2013 at the young age of 33 years old.
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