As part of her recent debut album "RESISTER" promoting the hashtag #PrideAllYearLong Renee was recently named Cultural Ambassador for the U.S. Department of State’s program “American Music Abroad”
Press Release: Renee Goust presents her new single "El Corrido de Sylvia Rivera", (featuring La Bruja de Texcoco), a jazz-tinged norteño tribute to one of the mothers of the LGBTQIA+ movement, the legendary trans rights activist Sylvia Rivera. In this song, Renee tells the story of the Stonewall uprising. This neo-corrido introduces queer liberation narratives into a typically conservative and chauvinistic music genre.
"Sylvia Rivera was a hero, a true fighter for the rights of queer and trans folks. To me, praising her tenacity and her struggle in the form of a corrido seemed like a necessary musical transgression. I really believe in reclaiming the genres that have been denied to us in a culture that has tried to deem us invisible. Collaborating with La Bruja de Texcoco has been wonderful. Hearing the voices of two gender-bending Mexican musicians sing together in praise of Sylvia feels so powerful to me."
El Corrido de Sylvia Rivera was produced by Renee Goust herself, tracked and mixed by Grammy-nominated engineer Jeanne Montalvo, and mastered by 2 time Grammy-award winning engineer Margaret Luthar. Both "El Corrido de Sylvia Rivera" and “RESISTER”, her debut full-length album are now available on all digital platforms, with a brand new music video for the single premiering today.
Renee Goust was selected as a Cultural Ambassador for the U.S. Department of State’s program American Music Abroad.
“It’s exciting to have the opportunity to share my music, skills, and knowledge with people abroad via the U.S. Embassy. I’ll be able to collaborate with artists from a foreign country (yet to be assigned), learn about their culture and teach them about mine. I’m particularly interested in doing work with LGBTQIA+ communities, women, girls, and the elderly,” the songwriter commented.
Renee Goust recently performed at New York’s Guggenheim Museum alongside 23 other women and non-binary artists in Ragnar Kjartansson’s exhibit Romantic Songs Of The Patriarchy (#RomanticSongsOfThePatriarchy), a durational performance that lasted 28 hours over the course of four days (from July 2-5). "We performed some of the most toxic yet celebrated patriarchal compositions of our times on an uninterrupted loop for 90 minutes at a time for a total of 6 hours of daily performance for 4 days in a row. This is the most politically complex, physically and emotionally demanding show I’ve ever been a part of”, Renee said on her social media. The purpose of the piece was to expose these famous songs as being patriarchal and violent.
Renee is a founding member and part of the organizing committee of Mexico City’s first-ever Marcha Lencha (inspired by Dyke Marches around the world) where lesbians, non-binary folks, trans folks, and others, gathered in Mexico City’s Glorieta de los Insurgentes to protest the violence against their communities and demand the legal recognition of their human rights. Some of Marcha Lencha’s demands include comprehensive and inclusive sex education for the entire population and access to a discrimination-free healthcare system that emphasizes the importance of mental and sexual health, with a focus on younger generations, where respect and acceptance of sexuality and gender identity are to be the norm.
Other important activities in Renee Goust’s schedule during the past weeks included her musical performance at the NYC Pride Rally 21, being a speaker at the 42nd edition of the Pride March in Mexico City, and participating as a virtual speaker at the LGBTI Pride March in La Paz, Bolivia.