When you’re in a Chicana movement band, it’s not uncommon to find your voice on the mic and be able to get people talking.
That’s especially true when you’re talking about women, people of color, and queer and trans people.
This is what happened to Tanya Nairn, who played the bass in the Chicano Movement Band in Austin, Texas, between 2015 and 2017.
In 2018, Nairrne made waves when she announced her transition, announcing on Instagram that she would begin transitioning.
But before the public announcement, she and the Chicana Movement Band released a new album called Queer Love in 2019.
Queer love is the first single off the album, a song that was originally written for the film Queer as Folk and the first track off the LP.
Queers Love is a love song about coming out as a transgender person, and it shows the power of having your voice heard by people who aren’t cisgender.
“Queer love” is a strong and empowering statement that demonstrates the power and privilege of being transgender.
Queerness is the term that has been used to define transgender people, and in many ways, it has been defined by queer women, queer men, and trans men.
In this sense, queer love is an affirmation of gender, and Nairns queer love demonstrates the difference between being cisgender and being queer.
It’s a strong statement of who you are, what you believe in, and how you are being seen by others.
“I am Queer,” Nairnes song ends.
“And Queer is my identity.”
Queer people of colour, women, and other marginalized people are also a vocal and vocal part of the Chican culture.
But what if queer people of all identities and experiences, from all cultures, didn’t have to deal with the same oppression?
Nairnts story is a perfect example of the power that comes with having your identity heard.
Queered Love isn’t the first song that Nairna has made that’s been released as a queer love single.
The same year that QueerLove was released, the rapper and performer T.I. released a track called Bitch Get the Money.
Is first song for his album, The Life of a Bitch, was also written about his transition.
Tita and the Boys is a song about being trans, and the song’s lyrics are powerful.
“If I’m not in the right place at the right time, then I’m a bitch,” Tita says on the song.
“No one needs to know/ I don’t wanna make you regret what you doin’.” Trans woman, author, activist, and Queer Queer author Jessica Valenti told The Next Week in 2018 that trans people of Color are often the first to be identified by queer and/or trans women of color.
Valenti, who is also a Queer Activist, explained, “I feel that trans women are not seen as having the same amount of power, or even the same visibility, as cisgender women, which is why trans women can often face violence, rape, and discrimination.
Trans women of Color have been targeted for the most recent mass shootings and suicide bombings, while cisgender white women of the same age have not.”
Queerness and Queerness in general can be a powerful place to be, Valenti added.
“In the Queer movement, we see ourselves as being in a position of power and visibility, and that means we have to keep talking about being queers.”
Queering is a powerful tool to show that people of other identities and genders can be allies, too.
The Queer Movement Band’s Queer Liberation Anthem shows solidarity with the transgender community.
“When we’re queering, we’re talking to each other,” Nairs song ends, “we’re taking care of each other.”
Queers liberation song, #queerlove #queermove, has been shared over 15,000 times since it was released on June 12, 2018.
It also won the 2017 National Book Award for LGBT Music.
For the first time in decades, queer and transgender people have the opportunity to have their voices heard and to share their stories.
Queering music can help people of different genders and identities be seen and celebrated, and while the Chicanas movement band is just the first step in that direction, it is a step that can be taken much further.