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PASSAGES Pioneering trans Jackie Shane dies at 78
2019-02-23

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Jackie Shane—a Black Canadian transgender soul singer who found fame in nightclubs in 1960s Toronto and who had a Grammy-nominated record in her 70s—has died in Nashville at age 78, The New York Times reported.

Shane was born in Nashville on May 15, 1940, and grew up as a Black transgender child in the Jim Crow South. However, she made her name after she moved to Toronto around in the late 1950s.

Shane said she identified as female starting at 13, but throughout her 1960s career she was publicly referred to as a man. Speaking to The New York Times in 2017, she said she sometimes described herself to peers as gay.

She is commemorated on a massive 20-story musical mural in Toronto with other influential musicians, including Muddy Waters, B.B. King, Ronnie Hawkins and Gordon Lightfoot, according to Billboard.

Several celebrities and organizations noted Shane's passing.

It is not known if Shane had any immediate survivors. Queer singer Janelle Monae tweeted, "LONG LIVE JACKIE SHANE." The pro-LGBT organization GLAAD tweeted, "Rest in peace, Jackie Shane. Our hearts are with Jackie's loved ones."

The New York Times article is at www.nytimes.com/2019/02/22/obituaries/jackie-shane-dead.html . The Billboard item is at www.billboard.com/articles/news/pride/8499625/jackie-shane-dead-grammy-nominated-transgender-soul-singer .


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