Artist: Tessa Turner
Title: FM and Maniac
Tessa Turner will perform her original song titled, “FM” which is a pop rock song on the topic of female-to-male transitioning. It was inspired by the public figure, Chella Man, who is a person of color (POC), trans, and deaf. “FM” extracts Chella’s experiences as a deaf trans man of color and transforms them metaphorically through song. Although Tessa does not identify as trans, she considers herself an ally to the trans community. With her own diagnosis of bipolar disorder, she finds similarities between gender dysphoria and the episodes of disassociation that she has experienced.