Tona Brown was the first transgender woman of colour to play the infamous Carnegie Hall, in 2014.

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Her concert, titled ‘From Stonewall to Carnegie Hall’, took place in 2014. When talking about her set list, she said:

…we want to educate people about the plight of LGBT Americans, from 1969 to the present, through music and speech.

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She’s also performed the American National Anthem for Barack Obama.

On the topic of LGBT+ rights, Brown said:

My advice for transgender youth is to not allow others to make you believe that you are not worthy of achieving whatever dreams you have. I can’t tell you how many people had no problems telling me that I would not succeed being ‘out,’ as a transgender artist.

If you’d like to watch some of her performances, and indeed some personal videos, this is her youtube channel.


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