Trans and nonbinary people have been making pop for years, and we already have our own set of pop stars and icons. Some of them are newer, but many of these artists have been making great pop music for well over a decade, and all of them have released bop after bop.
From artists redefining the genre, to some of the best voices of their generation, trans and nonbinary pop stars are here to stay.
Here are eleven of our favorites we’ve been listening to!
Demi is one of the biggest pop stars in the world, and after they came out as nonbinary and started using they/them pronouns, they’re also one of the most famous nonbinary people in the world. From “Heart Attack,” to “Cool for the Summer,” to “Sorry Not Sorry,” Lovato is a pop star we’ll never stop loving.
Kim Petras is the first name that comes to mind when you say “trans pop star” and it’s for good reasons. She’s been working in the music game since she was a teen, and after releasing bops like “Malibu,” “Broken Glass” with Kygo,” and “Future Starts Now,” she’s about to release her debut major label album.
The Pose star and Emmy nominee recently released her first single “Something to Say,” and we have been jamming all summer! Michaela Jaé (who acts under the name Mj Rodriguez) has a killer voice, as seen in Pose and when she starred in Little Shop of Horrors at the Pasadena Playhouse, and the song is a fun-as-hell disco and dance throwback party perfect for good times all year long.
Sophie is one of the most influential and groundbreaking producers and pop stars of the last decade, influencing everyone from Charli XCX, to Lady Gaga, to Rihanna, to 100 gecs. She sadly passed away early this year, but not before she left an indelible mark on pop music with songs like “Immaterial,” “Faceshopping,” “BIPP,” and “Vroom Vroom.” She is — and always will be — a legend.
Teddy Geiger first became a pop star when she released the song and Kristin Cavallari-starring music video for “For You I Will” in 2009. Lately she’s written songs for artists like Shawn Mendes, Christina Aguilera, and Lizzo. She’s also making her own music, including an upcoming album titled Teresa.