Tay­lor Alxndr with Di­aspoura, Mon­teQarlo and Akata

GA Voice - - Ge­or­gianews -

I cer­tainly hope so. I want peo­ple to dance to it. But I also want peo­ple to think to it. The lyrics are kind of deep. I have one song about Black Lives Mat­ter. There’s an­other song that talks about my tug-ofwar re­la­tion­ship with my mom. It’s all very dance­able, but it will in­vite peo­ple into their feel­ings when they lis­ten to it.

You’re also a drag queen here in At­lanta?

Yes, I am. I per­form at Burkhart’s Pub and Eye­drum Art & Mu­sic Gallery. I also run a show on the se­cond Tues­day of ev­ery month called “Sweet Tea.” It’s a queer va­ri­ety show that has drag, com­edy, per­for­mance art and things like that. I am also start­ing a new drag show at Sis­ter Louisa’s Church of the Liv­ing Room & Ping Pong Em­po­rium on Edge­wood. It will start on July 6 and con­tin­ues ev­ery first Thurs­day [af­ter that].

How did you get into mu­sic and per­for­mance?

I’ve been singing and per­form­ing since I was very young. I used to do these shows at lo­cal banks and busi­nesses in my home city of Grif­fin, Ge­or­gia. I sang at the Ge­or­gia [Na­tional] Fair in Perry one year. But, then I didn’t feel that I had the re­sources to have a vi­able mu­si­cal ca­reer. About two years ago, I bought some soft­ware and started ex­per­i­ment­ing and mak­ing songs. It wasn’t un­til this past six months that I saw the EP com­ing to­gether and just kept work­ing at it un­til I felt I had some­thing re­ally good to share.

I iden­tify as queer sex­u­ally and po­lit­i­cally and as agen­der – I con­sider my­self gen­der­less, al­though I use “they” or “her” as my pro­nouns.

What was grow­ing up in Grif­fin like for a gen­der­less queer?

Grif­fin was very chill. There was not a lot to do there. I grew up on a 400-acre farm so there wasn’t re­ally much to do be­sides go out­side and then go back in­side. It was [more] easy­go­ing back then than it is cur­rently. Now, they have an in­flux of peo­ple mov­ing in be­cause it’s so cheap to live there and is on the south­ern edge of the metropoli­tan At­lanta area. A lot has changed, but I had a good child­hood. I can’t com­plain.

Does your fam­ily sup­port your ca­reer?

My fam­ily doesn’t know any­thing about my sex­ual iden­tity, my gen­der iden­tity or my mu­sic. I just don’t bring it up. Hav­ing the ac­cep­tance of my par­ents isn’t some­thing that is of high im­por­tance to me. As long as I’m happy and ful­filled by what I do, I’m good.

You are also an or­ga­nizer for South­ern Fried Queer Pride (SFQP). Tell me about your role.

I am a co-founder and the cur­rent ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor. I co-founded it in 2014 with my friend Mickey Brad­ford. We started it mainly be­cause we didn’t see a space for trans or peo­ple of color, es­pe­cially artists and ac­tivists in the com­mu­nity. There were a lot of is­sues sur­round­ing our com­mu­nity, so we wanted to cre­ate an event for there to be an out­let.

At the core of what we do is cre­at­ing events that fa­cil­i­tate ex­pe­ri­ences for peo­ple of color, the trans com­mu­nity and those who are more marginal­ized in the South. In na­tional LGBT con­ver­sa­tions around the coun­try, the South is of­ten left out of these con­ver­sa­tions be­cause we are con­sid­ered too con­ser­va­tive or not rel­e­vant. We wanted to be the link be­tween the queer com­mu­nity and artists and ac­tivists and try to give a voice to those who aren’t of­ten heard.

Can you dance to it? How do you iden­tify?

What kind of events does SFQP have?

We just had this year’s fes­ti­val. It was five days long. We had typ­i­cal dances and so­cials but we also kicked it off with an event specif­i­cally for the Latino com­mu­nity. We had an­other event called “The Jewel Box” specif­i­cally for the trans com­mu­nity for build­ing in­ner com­mu­nity trans re­silience. We had work­shops, a va­ri­ety show for queer per­for­mance art, dis­cus­sions about racism in the queer com­mu­nity – a lot of things like that. Next year, it will be on Stonewall Week­end in June.

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