A gospel for the godless
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The experiences and careers of transgender musicians have been monumental both in the history of music and the ongoing rights movement surrounding transgender, genderqueer, and gender nonconforming people. This document explores the careers of three transgender musicians–Laura Jane Grace of Against Me!, Lucas Silveira of The Cliks, and Our Lady J–as case studies representing disparate genres and unique experiences. Exploring sonic elements (vocal production and timbre, musical style, and lyrics) and cultural considerations (visual presentation, media image, and musical community contexts), this thesis discusses the ways in which these vocalists construct and articulate their nonconforming, multifaceted gender identities through their work.