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S., singing a song about ecocide, and that might not sell advertising space.
They lifted me from obscurity and celebrated me, setting off a chain of events that changed my life forever.
But if you trace the trail of breadcrumbs, the deeper truth of it is impossible to ignore.
Like global warming, it is not one isolated event, but a series of events that occur over years to create a system that has sought to undermine me, at first as a feminine child, and later as an androgynous transwoman.
(There was a trans songwriter nominee named Angela Morley in the early 70’s who did some great work behind the scenes.) I was in Asia when I found out the news. The producers seemed to have decided to stage performances only by the singers who were deemed commercially viable.
I rushed home to prepare something, in case the music nominees would be asked to perform. A week later, Sam Smith, Lady Gaga and the Weeknd were rolled out as the evening’s entertainment with more performers “soon to be announced”. Composer David Lang’s song “Simple Song #3” performed by South Korean soprano Sumi Jo was also omitted.