Gender, like genre, is a social construct. Because Pride Month should be every day, we’ve curated a playlist of trans, non-binary and gender-fluid musicians for you to rock out to, no matter the time or place. Keep on scrolling to get the tea on our favorite tracks.  

 

 


 

SOPHIE

SOPHIE – It’s Okay To Cry

Sophie Xeon is a Scotland-born, Los Angeles-based musician, producer and DJ known for her heavily-synthesized, hyper-textured electronic pop sound. As a trans woman, she is unafraid to bend gender and genre norms. “It’s Okay to Cry” is a chilled-out dance song off of her Grammy nominated album OIL OF EVERY PEARL’S UN-INSIDE with ethereal, twinkly synths and cathartic vocal glitches that feel like just like her music video: a surreal journey to outer space. 

 

 


 

Dorian Electra

Dorian Electra – Guyliner

Dorian Electra, the gender-fluid pop star, makes music that subverts not just genre conventions, but gender stereotypes too. Their track “Guyliner” off their hyper-pop album Flamboyant is an ode to mid-2000s Myspace emo/scene kids who, according to Dorian, helped reimagine masculinity as we know it. “That was a really special cultural moment for masculinity that helped make it more okay for “guys” to wear tight “girl’s” jeans, makeup, have “crazy” hair and be more flamboyant fashion-wise in general,” Electra notes. “The idea of rockstar guys wearing makeup like “guyliner” was definitely something that ultimately made me feel more comfortable wearing makeup myself as a gender fluid person.” 

 

 


 

Ah-Mer-Ah-Su

Ah-Mer-Ah-Su – Klonopin

The electronic-pop artist Ah-Mer-Ah-Su isn’t afraid to speak about racial or gender representation in the music industry. Reflecting on her own identity as a Black trans woman, Ah-Mer-Ah-Su makes it clear that everyone can and should listen to trans artists. “People in power choose not to disseminate [our] message to wider audiences, because they don’t see themselves in transgender creatives,” she said in a Billboard interview. “They believe that music from LGBTQ artists are specifically for LGBTQ people. Once people realize that they can identify with someone else’s experience, regardless of their differences, we will have a more diversity in the music industry, and we’ll probably be represented.” In her sultry track “Klonopin,” Ah-Mer-Ah-Su tackles mental health issues, exploring not only her personal co-dependent relationship with Klonopin, a highly addictive prescription drug for anxiety, but also her general frustrations with the pharmaceutical industry. Escape into Ah-Mer-Ah-Su’s mind with “Klonopin.” 

 

 


 

Girlpool

Girlpool – What Chaos Is Imaginary

Shortly after Cleo Tucker of Girlpool, the Los Angeles-based indie-rock duo, came out as transgender in 2018, he and his bandmate Harmony Trividad released What Chaos Is Imaginary an entire album about change. In this album, the indie-rock duo reflect not only on Cleo’s transition, but on both of their personal life transformations too. In an interview with Paste Magazine, Harmony Tividad describes the track as a “reckoning” with her inability to remain present after a series of events gave her PTSD. “This song is about reckoning with this—trying to find a path to forgiving myself, attempts to redevelop a relationship with the world where I could find some illusion of ‘safety’ and belief in the fact that I could ultimately take care of myself.” Immerse yourself in Girlpool’s universe. 

 

 


 

Ataru Nakamura

Ataru Nakamura – きみがすきだよ

Ataru Nakamura, the Japanese transgender singer, songwriter, and actress known for her emotional ballads, has one of those rare, once-in-a-lifetime voices that leaves you speechless and desperate for more. Her song “きみがすきだ” is a song you’ll never grow tired of. Every listen feels like the first listen, new elements noticed each time. Simultaneously calm and on-edge, Ataru Nakamura’s sojourn voice conveys such raw, vulnerable emotion, without ever needing to be translated into English. 

 

 


 

Trans Non-Binary - in love with a ghost

In Love With A Ghost – We Never Met but Can We Have a Cup of Coffee or Something?

In Love With A Ghost isn’t your average lo-fi producer. In fact, they push back against the label “lo-fi.” The non-binary, French electronic musician who started their career in 2013, would rather define themselves as “down-tempo,” as they produce ambient tracks, each with an emotional backstory. Like the rest of their discography, “We Never Met But Can We Have a Cup of Coffee or Something?” is the type of track that prompts lengthy Youtube comments about long-lost lovers, crippling nostalgia, mental health journeys and other intimate moments. This soothing tune is like a portal to another world: one where you’re chilling in a coffee shop with your future, past, or present self, perhaps with someone you love sitting right beside you. 

 

 


 

Trans Non-Binary - Quay Dash

Quay Dash – Queen of This Shit

The NYC rapper Quay Dash isn’t here to mess around. “I’m black, I’m trans, and I can actually rap,” she snaps in an interview with Dazed Digital. “Plus, I’m pretty… When you have beauty, brains, and talent, that’s some shit they can’t take.” In her upbeat song “Queen of This Shit,” which is a collaboration with experimental producer SOPHIE, Quay Dash delivers a fierce rap over a groovy, techno-club beat. “Queen of This Shit” is a song that demands your attention. “Queen of This Shit” fully embraces braggadocio, demanding your attention with lines like  “I’m the queen of this shit, bitch fuck that” and “I’ma fuckin’ beast better keep me in a cage.” There’s no stopping Quay Dash from expressing herself. And there’s no way you won’t dance to “Queen of This Shit.” 

 

 


 

Trans Non-Binary - Arca

Arca – Nonbinary

Alejandra Ghersi, otherwise known as Arca, is a non-binary Venezuelan electronic music artist and producer with a futuristic sound reminiscent of transhumanist, sci-fi novel. Incorporating elements of club music, reggaeton, pop melodies, experimental sounds and Venezulean ballads, Arca redefines music as we know it. After three years of musical silence, Arca released her 2020 experimental album KiCk i, featuring other genre-bending artists Björk, Rosalía, Shygirl, and SOPHIE. “Nonbinary,” the first single of that album, is an eerie glitch-rap song that merges human with machine, accompanied by a trippy cyborg music video that will leave you questioning what it means to be human.

 

 


 

Trans Non-Binary - Tunde Olaniran

Tunde Olaniran – Jean Grey

Michigan-based Tunde Olaniran is an Nigerian-American, experimental hip-hop artist who strives to inspire unconventional thinking in everything he does. His track “Jean Grey” is a transformative experience: a hyper-textured, experimental pop song that effortlessly transitions into an upbeat, glitchy rap song. Tunde spoke on Twitter about the inspiration behind the song, which he says was written about mental strength and exploring new ways of thinking. Take a step outside of the box with “Jean Grey.”  Tunde added later that the hook “’jean grey, jean grey, jean grey’ is kind of my mantra. It’s like a reminder to trust the power of my mind, my imagination, my creativity.” Step outside of the box with “Jean Grey.” 

 

 


 

Trans Non-Binary - Mykki Blanco

Mykki Blanco – Loner Ft. Jean Deux 

Mykki Blanco is a performance artist turned indie rapper signed under !K7 Records. Mykki Blanco seamlessly incorporates social commentary into their catchy rap flows. In their track “Loner,” a collaboration with alternative-R&B artist Jean Deux, Mykki Blanco grapples with their personal feelings of sadness and isolation, thinking through how social media intensifies these emotions. “‘Loner’ is a song about misunderstanding – and more than misunderstanding, it’s a song about a universal feeling of not feeling worthy enough, not feeling good enough,” Blanco said in an interview with Dazed Magazine. Check out Mykki Blanco’s sensual, surrealist Pornhub-produced music video for “Loner” below. 

 

 


 

Stream the full playlist below to hear all the other gender-bending musicians featured, and be sure to follow us on Spotify for more music recommendations.

 

Trans & Non-Binary Artists Tracklisting

SOPHIE – It’s Okay To Cry
Dorian Electra – Guyliner
Ah-Mer-Ah-Su – Klonopin
Kim Petras – Icy
Tunde Olaniran – Jean Grey
Angel Haze – Moonrise Kingdom
Arca – Nonbinary
Ataru Nakamura – きみがすきだよ
Girlpool – What Chaos Is Imaginary
Dua Saleh – cat scratch
In Love With a Ghost – We’ve Never Met but Can We Have a Cup of Coffee or Something
Rae Spoon – When I Said There Was An End to Love I Was Lying
Quay Dash – Queen Of This Shit
Claud – My Body
Tash Sultana – Pretty Lady
King Princess – Tough On Myself
Shamir – On The Regular
Loone – Foam (For Alyssa)
Mykki Blanco – Loner (Ft. Jean Deaux)
CJ Run – Cruise Control
Wolfjay & Austen – Very Soon, Very Frequent
teddy<3 – Under the Blue
Christine and the Queens – People, I’ve been sad
Frances Forever – cry inside my car
EGOISM – You You