Mila Jam is a transgender recording artist based in New York City, and her new song “Faces” is the LGBTQ anthem we need right now.
Jam beautifully sings, “Fear cannot take us. Now the mask is gone. Eyes opened wide. I’m feeling alive, never too late to be who we are.”
The track’s release is perfectly timed with Transgender Day of Visibility, a day devoted to celebrating the collective accomplishments of transgender and gender non-conforming people around the world while raising awareness of the work that still needs to be done.
“Today’s media bombards us with negative images and ideas,” Jam told Out. “I wanted to make a song that would force everyone to take a deeper look into our individual worlds and to recognize the beauty that we each offer to the world.”
Candis Cayne, Tituss Burgess, Drag Race’s Peppermint, Zackary Drucker, Lina Bradford and Geena Rocero and many other trans personalities appear in the song’s accompanying video, along with fans and other LGBTQ advocates.
Laverne Cox is one of the notable faces featured in the music video as well. She took to Instagram to share her feelings about what this day means to her.
Laverne Cox wrote about Transgender Day of Visibility:
As an out, visible, black, transgender woman everyday is #TransDayOfVisibility for me. My blackness, transness and womanhood are political, social and historic realities. But my spirit, my soul, my humanity transcend these identity categories. As an artist I have always yearned for transcendence. Today I continue to do the spiritual work towards that transcendence. But the political, social and historic realities of the multiple identities I inhabit, continue to affect how I and people like me move through the world and access space and resources.
“’Faces’ is about looking in that mirror and hearing, ‘Do I belong, am I enough, will someone love me for who I really am?’” Jam told The Huffington Post about her new song.
“The journey is universal no matter who you are. And, working through the dark uncertainties is all about learning to radiate your own light. Bravely. Unapologetically. Authentically. Happily.”