However, at 19 I left music to go to college. I didn’t return to music until after an amazing Emmy winning career in television and radio including working for Disney over 14 years. I returned to music about 7 years ago after realizing how much I missed it.
However, it will depend on people from these countries contacting festival organizers and requesting us. We loved performing at The Fringe Festival in Scotland and it’s a major goal of ours to play there again in 2015. I hope the wonderful Edinburgh folks who heard and saw us reach out to bring us back, we miss you!
All the radio stations are run by a handful of corporations who don’t like risk and since they are beholden to the quarterly financial reports it’s unlikely that mentality will change anytime soon. It will take a major effort by fans of performers who write, record and perform their own music to create such a change. Until then at least we have the internet even if it’s incredibly fragmented.
Several of my songs are directly related to being transgender, particularly “Hear Me” and a new song “Hush & Whispers.” I hope you get time to read the lyrics. FYI, we just found out we are headlining “The Palm Springs Pride Festival” Saturday, Nov. 8th at 9PM on the outdoor stage. This is a great festival.
However, my one accepting sister Nicole, told me later that, just before my mother passed, she told her to “back me and support me from them.” To be sure, she made me executor and administrator of her will. Guess that said it all, but it was still unbelievably hurtful and it crushes me still to this day; I really miss her.
Although a young kid, I actually took 8mm film of one of the riots and later used it on a documentary. Unfortunately, my brother (an aspiring law student at Loyola) was severely beaten by the LA Sheriff’s Department and received permanent brain damage. I continued fighting for Mexican-American rights and equality as a journalist and about 7 years ago also became an activist for the LGBT community including going to DC and lobbying congress to support ENDA and fighting against provisions in DSM-5!
I’ve never carried a chip on my shoulder and never ever compared myself to those who have much harder challenges in life… like veterans injured or disabled in combat, children born to parents on crack or heroin or women brutalized and without any rights in some middle-east countries. If you think about it, just to be talking about this issue… we are truly lucky and blessed. We all need to make the most of it and help those who don’t have such opportunities. Thank you Monika!