against the music

lmao my bf (who’s somewhat of an amateur insult comedian) just watched the 1D carpool karaoke and had the following comments for each member:

Niall: *clearly annoyed* he’s like… an irish… fluffball.

Harry: What is wrong with his hair? Stop touching it dude!

Liam: Another fluffball. I don’t like him. 

Louis: He looks cool enough. Why is he in a band with those other dudes? 

Here’s just a very small list of great LGBTQ+ artists who aren’t horrible people. Please feel free to suggest some more because there’s no way I’m gonna get anywhere near naming all of them!

  • Against Me! (Punk, pop punk)
  • Angel Haze (Hip-hop)
  • Antony and the Johnsons (Art pop, soul)
  • Anohni (Electronic, experimental pop)
  • Arca (Electronic)
  • Aye Nako (Punk)
  • Courtney Barnett (Indie rock)
  • Frank Ocean (R&B)
  • G.L.O.S.S (Punk)
  • Jay Som (Dream pop)
  • Le1f (Hip-hop)
  • Magnetic Fields (Indie pop, indie rock)
  • Perfume Genius (Chamber pop)
  • St. Vincent (Art pop)
  • THEESatisfaction (Soul, hip-hop)
  • Xiu Xiu (Experimental pop)
Transgender Dysphoria Blues
Against Me!
Transgender Dysphoria Blues

“You want them to notice the ragged ends of your summer dress. You want them to see you like they see every other girl. They just see a faggot; they’ll hold their breath not to catch the sick.”

For Laura Jane Grace, Punk Was A Form Of Armor

Growing up, punk rocker Laura Jane Grace always felt conflicted about gender. She tells Fresh Air’s Terry Gross that she felt like two “twin souls” were warring inside of her, fighting for control. “I thought that I was quite possibly schizophrenic,” she says.

It wasn’t until Grace was 19 that she heard the term “transgender” and had a context for what she was feeling. In 2012, at the age of 31, she transitioned from male to female.

Grace, who is the founder of the band Against Me!, writes about the transition and how it affected her wife and daughter, as well as her stage persona, in the new memoir Tranny.

Overall, she says, the transition put her “more in touch” with herself: “It just, like, overall, all-around, made me a more real, more there, present and comfortable-with-myself person. It broke down a wall.”

Photo by Ryan Russell 

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“True Trans Soul Rebel” by Against Me! as I see it because of synesthesia, a condition that causes me to see music visually. 

I painted this today for International Women’s Day, as their lead singer, Laura Jane Grace, is one of the biggest inspirations in my life. One of the most kick-ass ladies punk has ever seen, and an activist for the trans community, she is a strong, amazing human being, and I absolutely adore her!