Trans pioneer Jackie Shane: 'I don’t bow down. I do not get down on my knees'

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The R&B singer’s music and backstory took on a mythical quality when she disappeared from public view. Now a retrospective is retelling her story

Anyone imagining the life of a black transgender woman in the American south of the 1950s and 60s may expect a world of taunts, misunderstanding and fear. Jackie Shane, who lived that life growing up in Nashville, claims she never experienced any of those things. “I’ve never had a problem, not once,” Shane says. “Even in school, the other kids accepted me. So did their parents. There was something about me that drew them.”

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