RIP David Bowie
David did more than anyone to take the Vevet Underground's fascination with trans overground, where it has remained as an element in rock culture, alongside all the macho bullshit. he often dressed androgynously or in drag, and there are many trans references in his lyrics, perhaps most famously in the raunchy hit Rebel, Rebel from 1973's Aladdin Sane.
Bowie communicated an opening up of the self, a liberation from rigid self-image and being stuck on the ground of limiting mundane circumstances and conservative social convention (i.e. my sort of artist!!). This is portrayed particularly on the 1971 album Hunky Dory, with personal change desribd on Changes, and a rising new culture on Oh You Pretty Things. A freeing up of the self naturally includes a freeing up of gender and sexuality, and Bowie certainly included these aspects. Boys Keep Swinging, from 1979's Lodger, presents masculinity as an adopted attitude, and its video teasingly features mtf drag. A favorite of mine is Lady Stardust, from the famous 1972 album Ziggy Stardust. Lady Stardust is a gender-bending portrayal of the beautiful androgynous English pop star Marc Bolan. Similarly, Queen Bitch on Hunky Dory is an en femme portrayal of Lou Reed (Bowie produced Lou's trans-sexy album Transformer, which included Walk on the Wild Side).
and i find the music, especially on the early 70s albums (start with Hunky-Dory, Ziggy Stardust, Aladdin Sane), very crossdreamy sexy. xxx
n.b. sorry i'm not providing inbedded vids - sometimes i just can't be bothered with all that fiddly stuff. all the tracks i mention are on You Tube, etc. x