SHAWNA VIRAGO is celebrated for her striking lyric-based songs. Her music twists together folk and punk, offering raw observations about survival in a predatory world, queer love, and sticking up for the underdog. Virago is celebrated as a music pioneer – she was one of the nation’s first openly transgender women to perform and tour nationally, and has performed as an out transwoman since the early 1990’s.
Virago has been profiled online, in print and on radio including Bitch, Louder Than War, No Depression, Paste magazine, on NPR and PBS, and on left-of-the-dial radio.
The Advocate named Virago’s song ‘Objectified’ as one of the nation’s top transgender anthems.
Virago is the Artistic Director of the San Francisco Transgender Film Festival. Virago is also a filmmaker, and her films have screened at more than 50 film festivals around the world.
Virago is a published writer and her work appears in Gender Outlaws: Next Generation and in the anthologies Trans/Love: Radical Sex, Love & Relationships Beyond the Gender Binary and Take Me There.