Jackie Shane, an influential figure in soul music and the LGBTQ+ community, has passed away at 78 years old. Even though she helped define the R&B sound of the ’60s and was nominated for a Grammy for Best Historical Album this year, her work transcends music. Shane identified as a woman from the age of 13, before the term “transgender” was used. More than an entertainer, she was an educator and an inspiration. She told the Guardian in 2017, “I don’t bow down. I do not get down on my knees. The lowest I go is the top of my head. This is Jackie!” Read more at Pitchfork.
Farewell, Jackie Shane