Breakout Pop Star Kim Petras on Her Debut Single & Transgender Visibility

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Breakout Pop Star Kim Petras on Her Debut Single & Transgender Visibility

Joined: November 16th, 2015, 2:24 pm

August 21st, 2017, 5:35 am #1

20799567_263960027451352_7974735296293041290_n.jpg The German-born singer's new single, "I Don't Want It All," has more than one million Spotify streams. Being transgender has not stopped her from becoming a star.

But the lyrics....oooh, no... this is not the kind of life philosophy I like. But it is a really catchy tune.

Out asked her: Do you think you have a responsibility to the transgender community as a visible, public musician?
I definitely always have a responsibility to the transgender community because I’m a part of it. But I don’t want to let anybody down. It’s always going to be important to me to help young transgender kids. You can be a cool person and you can live a cool life being transgender. It's definitely difficult to have role models being transgender. At the same time, I’m just having fun making my music, being artistically whatever I want to be and being free. My music’s not about me being transgender, but I’m writing songs about how I feel, what I’m obsessed with, what I love, what I hate, what makes me happy—just human emotions. It’s not songs specifically about being transgender.





https://www.out.com/music/2017/8/18/bre ... visibility

Kim made headlines a few years ago, as the press argued that she was the youngest person to have gender reassignment surgery ever.

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Joined: November 17th, 2015, 11:32 am

August 21st, 2017, 11:43 am #2

Jack, I have watched her over the years. She is a wonderful person and a fantastic role model. A big thrust of the transphobs these days is to stop or restrict trans treatment for the very young. The existence of a very public and successful early transitioner certainly helps to combat that. Yet I have some critique of her as a media celebrity. She is 24 now, and very little about her has seemed to have changed since she about 16 to 17. She hasn't really matured all that much in either a fashion sense, personality, or in her music. A lot of her seems a little contrived to me. I'm suspicious somebody is managing her to project a certain sweet / innocent image, but they are way over doing their job. They need to let her grow and mature a little from a public image standpoint.  
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