June 2007
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Playlist (airdate June 25th)
Part 1 (42:20)
Alexandra Billings - Rhythm/I Got Rhythm (2000)
Beth Elliott - Lady on the Subway (1976)
Beth Elliot - Ballad of the Oklahoma Women's Liberation Front (1976)*
Roberto - He-She (1974)
Roberto - I Am What I Am (1974)*
Alexandra Billings Interview
Alexandra Billings - Some People (2000)
Alexandra Billings & Stephen Rader -
     The Grass Is Always Greener (2004)
Alexandra Billings - I'm Not My Mother (2004)*
Honey West & Alexandra Billings -
     Fifty Percent / I Know Him So Well (1997)*
Part 2 (38:33)
Steve Schalchlin - Brilliant Masquerade (2007)
Lucas Silveira of The Cliks - Interview
The Cliks - Complicated (2007)
The Cliks - Oh Yeah (2007)
The Cliks - Cry Me a River (2007)
   * = internet version only

Welcome to Part 2 of my Transgender Music Series. Of course I've got a some obscurities to share with you, but the main interview is a delight. It's with actress/singer Alexandra Billings, whose gotten acclaim on television and on stage, and has a couple CDs on her resume as well. She's very candid and funny, I know you'll like her. And capping off the show is a new act from Toronto, The Cliks, with transgendered lead singer Lucas Silveira. His interview gives his take on the band's music and TG issues.

Read the script for the show...     

Roberto & creator Wilfred de Faria     treasure Beth Elliott

Above, the mysterious Roberto is, I think, the writer/producer of the record, Wilfred de Faria.
The 45 rpm record is from Holland in 1974. Above right is Beth Elliott's 2005 CD,
which featured music from several periods in her career.


And from the TransHistory site, click here for an interesting
article that mentions Beth and many others


Alexandra Billings Interview

"Being Alive," 2000  don't mess with Shante  "The Story Goes On," 2004

Alex as drag diva Shante, nestled between her 2000 and 2004 CDs

Alex, times 2  see The Advocate article

Above, glamour shots and her 1999 Advocate cover; click on it to see the article.
Below, accepting her MAC award (2004), and in her 2000 role in "Xena Live!"

NYC Cabaret MAC Award winner   as Xena

very GLAAD


Jim & Steve

Above, Jim Brochu & partner Steve Schalchlin

The Cliks Interview -- Lucas Silveira


Above, the excllent debut release, "Snakehouse," by the Toronto band The Cliks. Below is lead singer and writer Lucas Silveira.

Lucas Silveira


TG Sidebar

  Phyllis Frye

During the past few weeks on Queer Voices (the Houston radio show on KPFT that I co-host), we've had two excellent segments on transgender issues. I want to share both of those on this page. On May 28th Jenifer Rene Poole and I interviewed two transmen, Chris & George, and their discussion was interesting and informative. Click to hear the 14-minute segment.

And google the name "Phyllis Frye" and you'll find ample evidence of her role as a pioneering, and present, leader of the transgender community, both in Houston and across the country. On June 4th Queer Voices Executive Producer Jack Valinski interviewed her, and I love the way this interview captures both the history and the activism of this remarkable woman. Click to hear the 21 minute segment.

You may also enjoy these other QMH shows loosely relating to this theme.
Main Interviews are listed next to shows containing them. This is ~33 hours, so far...

August 2000 - Transgender Music Special (1 hour)
October 2002 - Gender Benders, Part 1 (1 hour)
November 2002 - Gender Benders, Part 2 (1 hour)
November 2005 - Three Interviews (2 hours, 10 min) Veronica Klaus, Jessica Xavier,
Georgie Jessup
November 2005 Bonus Show - Transgender Music (2 hours)
May 2007 - TG Music, Part 1 (70 minutes) Lipstick Conspiracy, Terry Noel
June 2007 - TG Music, Part 2 (80 min) Alexandra Billings, Lucas Silviera
July 2007 - TG Music, Part 3 (70 min) Coyote Grace, Joshua Klipp
August 2007 - TG Music, Part 4 (1 hour) Jennifer Leitham
September 2009 - Transgender Artists (3 hours) Radford Bishop, Angela Bucky Motter
October 2009 - Transgender Artists (3 hours) Coyote Grace, Namoli Brennet
August 2011 - The Drag King Show (2 hours) Anderson Toone
September 2011 - Transgender Music (3 hours) Madsen Minax, AJ Bryce
October 2011 - Transgender Music (3 hours) Ryan Cassata
January 2013 - Transgender Music (4 hours) The Shondes, King TuffNStuff, Schmekel
January 2014 - Transgender Music (3 hours, Eli Conley interview)

I did the "math," and over the years on these 15 shows,
I've played 142 different TG artists, and over
350 different songs, some of them several times, and I routinely
include TG artists on most of my other shows