Drag superstar and singer-songwriter Trixie Mattel is pretty sure that, whether you know it or not, you’ve been listening to songs written by queer people your whole life. “An LGBTQ person probably wrote your favorite song,” she tells Billboard in a statement. “Come hear why we are so good at it.”
Fans will have the opportunity to do just that this month, when Mattel, along with fellow singer-songwriters Justin Tranter, Brandon Stansell, Shea Diamond and Leland, sit down for “Writing With Pride: Spotlighting LGBTQ Songwriters,” a new panel hosted by the Grammy Museum and PEG Records.
The new panel, taking place at LA’s Grammy Museum on March 31, will feature the songwriters taking turns speaking about the process behind writing some of their favorite songs, along with delivering special acoustic performances of each of their selected tracks.
“My journey to carving out my own lane in the music industry has been incredibly challenging and rewarding, which is why I’m so excited to celebrate the incredible LGBTQ songwriters behind some of my favorite songs while also raising awareness to issues LGBTQ songwriters face,” Leland tells Billboard in a statement. Stansell agrees, adding “I write and sing country music — a genre I have loved my entire life but where I have never felt represented. I think it’s about time we change that.”
When asked about what she hopes audiences will take away from the upcoming panel, Diamond says, “I hope that they will take more notice of black trans women when they come into spaces. I hope they will respect us ultimately in the industry as people. I hope that other trans women will see that we are out here and we are not going anywhere.”
Get your tickets to “Writing With Pride” here.