Welcome to Seven Minutes in Heaven, GO Magazine’s interview series that profiles a different queer babe each day, by asking them seven unique (and sometimes random) questions. Get to know the thoughts, feelings, and opinions of the groundbreaking, fierce forces-of-nature in the queer community.
After an eleven year hiatus, rocker woman Lisa Jackson is reuniting with Girl Friday for two epic shows in NYC. Inspiration for this show comes from the anti-trans rhetoric and policies coming from the current administration. All proceeds from the shows happening at Ars Nova on December 2 and 4 will be donated to the Transgender Legal Defense and Education Fund. Lisa Jackson and Girl Friday are the definition of glamour rock. Their music is head-banging worthy.
“It’s a worship service for social justice warriors,” says Lisa in the show’s press release, “In a true democracy, the federal government has your back. As a transgender woman, I feel our government does not have my back. I feel it is our duty to practice democracy—power to the people type of democracy—and create energy and a movement for people who feel marginalized and not taken care of.”
When we caught wind of this news, we wanted to know more about this advocate and rocker babe. Her lyrics challenge the status quo, resist against state sanctioned violence, and fuse together glam and rock.
Get to know Lisa in today’s Seven Minutes in Heaven. As if you’re not already dying to go to the upcoming shows!
GO Magazine: Who are you and what do you do?
Lisa Jackson: I’m just your average ordinary kind of woman (who just happened be born in the body of a man). I play rock ‘n roll, I love my wife, and do construction drag as my day job. I’m also active on the LGBTQ and Anti-Facist teams of Grassroots Alexandria, a community action group in my area.
GO: What is the driving force behind your career/activism?
LJ: To bring attention and awareness to social injustices, specifically when it affects trans or gender non-conforming folks.
GO: Where do you go for inspiration when you’re feeling discouraged or depleted?
LJ: To a little creek in the woods where I watch fish and sometimes even catch one. I currently live in the Washington D.C. area so getting out of the city and immersing myself in nature is good for my soul.
GO: How would you describe your music in three words?
LJ: Loud, passionate, and fun.
GO: Who are your queer and trans role models?
LJ: Dan Savage, Jayne County, Carrie Brownstein, and Boy George.
GO: What music are you listening to lately?
LJ: Currently listening to the queer tunes my wife put together for our pre-show playlist. It features Anohni, Tegan and Sara, Laura Jane Grace, and The Replacements. You can find it on Spotify here.
GO: Where can people find you?