August 12th is the release date for the comedy album Between Two Worlds from Annick Adelle. Annick gets the audience roaring while talking about living between worlds... between genders, between corporate America and a career in the arts, and between New York City and Berlin. Annick prefers no pronouns but is fine with (she/her) only when it is necessary.
Empowering artist and filmmaker daddi ru (they/them), is an on-the-rise queer indie-pop artist and native of Brooklyn. They started creating music as a child with their dad playing singing games in the car. Formally known as Daryen Ru, they learned their love of music at a young age, danced with the School of Ballet with the Lincoln Center, and made a name in the film industry with works featured in Dazed Magazine, GLAAD, and more. Their recent work DENIM about transgender rights, starring Jazz Jennings, was award-nominated and featured in film festivals worldwide.
G-Flip celebrates Non-Binary People’s Day with the release of “Waste of Space,” their super-personal song about their gender identity.
Everyone in the video is nonbinary, the director and producer are as well, the crew was over 80 percent queer and 55 percent gender nonconforming. They have plenty of gold, platinum, and multi-platinum singles like “Get me outta you here.”
Portland’s indie-pop queer artist Jessica Boudreaux was diagnosed with cancer in November of 2020, just after having canceled a year’s worth of touring with her indie-punk band Summer Cannibals (Tiny Engines, Kill Rock Stars). With her I Think My Heart Loves to Break EP release this June, the elegant, percussive compositions and silky noir-pop sheen of her new collection are a fitting soundtrack for the navigation of a year and a half of treatment and recovery. Boudreaux also illustrated the latest issue of Sadie Dupuis Wax Nine Journal zine.
Kevin Barnes, of Montreal who came out as bisexual, non-binary, and genderqueer in 2020. With his Twitter account listing Barnes’ pronouns as he/her, he/him, and they/them. Always trying to cross the bridge between a love of theater, comedy, and music, he’s performed as many different alter egos or personas.
Proud non-binary artist and performer, Kile J (they/them), is originally from Texas and is now based in New York City, creating work that “highlights the experiences and nuances of queer people of color” in their new EP Honey. Their work has been featured in Hunger Magazine, Wonderland Magazine, Teen Vogue, Redbull.com, Buzzfeed, and Afropunk, Kile J says, “There are moments where you can only understand if you’re a part of the culture, and there’s also moments where I feel everyone can relate to it in some way.” They continue, “The underlying theme of the project is to tell black queer love stories authentically; not only ones about loving others, but ones about loving yourself as well.”
Lava LaRue founded the group NiNE8, and as a soloist has curated incredible projects across the worlds of art, music, and fashion – most notably a show at Men’s Fashion Week, and a TATE Modern “LATE” takeover. Selling out the most recent tour, Lava’s live talent is recognized universally. Even culminating in a performance at The Royal Albert Hall.
An incredible live performer, Lava has performed across the festival circuit and internationally. Their work is recognized from Clairo, Christine & The Queens, Jungle, 070 Shake, and more. Lava has even shared the stage with Damon Albarn. with hits like “Hi-Fidelity Ft. Biig Piig.Hi”
Mariah Parker (they/them) uses alter-ego Linqua Franqa to perform. They hail from Athens, Georgia. As a queer rapper, linguist, activist, parent, and politician they weave a rich tapestry of hip-hop lyricism and neo-soul hooks that will keep you coming- back for more. Their album Bellringer is out now and you can listen to singles “Wurk” “Bellringer” (Feat. Jeff Rosenstock) and “Necessity”
Miles Francis’s father gave them a drum set for their 6th birthday; he didn't expect Miles to skip their junior year of college to go on a world tour with quintessential afrobeat band Antibalas. Now a mainstay in the NYC scene, Miles’s most recent project saw the complete unraveling of their conditioning, helping them come out as non-binary. The resulting album, Good Man, explores their identity & reflections on masculinity. NYC impacts their music - 90% of the music videos & visuals (including album cover) were shot in Greenpoint's Under the K Bridge Park.
“Everyone starts from the same place, regardless of gender. As children, we let our emotions go, uninhibited and in touch with our vulnerabilities. As we age, we go through a ‘boxing in’ by family or society - unless we can break out.”
Sander Eagleroad Sanchez is half Native American from South Dakota, half Dane, and all about the music. He started singing the moment he had a voice and began composing his own songs at 13. Inspired by Dynamic pop, R&B, 80s pop, Funk music, Indie, Soul, and New age EDM, he’s performed at events such as World Pride, Aarhus Festuge, Smukfest, and at Dansk Melodi Grand Prix. With a love of reflective lyrics and a dynamic soundscape, Sanchez has incorporated much of his cultural background and heritage into his overall expression.
Now just 26, the polymathic Las Vegas native and current Philadelphia resident Shamir is releasing his 8th full-length album, Heterosexuality. While his 2015 debut, Ratchet, focused on the prospect of youth, the new record is the first to confront head-on Shamir’s queerness explicitly in album form.
On the soaring “Cisgender,” Shamir almost howls in his upper register: “I’m not cisgender/ I’m not binary, trans/ I don’t wanna be a girl/ I don’t wanna be a man/ I’m just existing on this god forsaken land/ And you can take it or leave it or you can just stay back.”