I recently collaborated with the incredible team at HISHE Kids and multi-talented artist/animator, Ruben DeLuna, on three of my songs (“Imagination”, “Show Me Your Happy”, “Be Yourself”). The latest release, “Be Yourself” is a tribute to my niece and nephews. They are truly their own person, each with their individual ideas of how to be, how to dress, how to introduce themselves to the world. They are sensitive and strong, hilarious and intuitive, and they are unknowingly breaking every gender rule.
It’s not always easy to navigate this conversation, in a time when there’s increasing awareness of transgender adults, the youngest gender-nonconforming kids are also an important part of that conversation. That includes the kids who are adamant about having been born in the wrong body, as well as a much larger group of kids who consistently and markedly defy gender norms.