Meet the Logo30: Shea Diamond

The singer-songwriter proves the power of resilience through music and activism.

Every day during the month of June, we will be spotlighting our 2019 Logo30. This powerful series profiles ordinary and extraordinary people who show pride in unique and provocative ways. Visit the Logo30 homepage to learn more about the series.

“The most important thing you can do is protect the sanctity of your life,” trans singer-songwriter Shea Diamond tells Logo. Forced to serve 10 years in a men’s prison, Diamond speaks power to personal experience. Since her release in 2009, she’s continued to advocate for better treatment of incarcerated trans women, while propelling her music career. Her debut EP, Seen It All, tackles the intricacies and intersections of identity in America through soulful melodies laced with pop appeal.

“I hope to leave [a legacy of] something special for our youth,” she adds, describing her aim for “a message of resilience, of patience.”

Watch Logo’s full interview with Diamond below, and catch her headlining Washington, D.C.’s 2019 Capital Pride celebration on June 9.
 

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