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Antony and the Johnsons are playing a series of symphony events in Italy and Norway showcasing arrangements by Antony, Nico Muhly, Rob Moose and Maxim Moston. The first concert was in Bari at the Frontier Festival on October 1st, Fondazione per Roma in Rome on October 3rd followed by the UKA Festival in Trondheim on October 8th, and at Spektrum in Oslo on October 11th. All concerts are conducted by Rob Moose and include lighting by Paul Normandale, lasers by Chris Levine with set design by Carl Robertshaw. Please see the for further information.

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But if you trace the trail of breadcrumbs, the deeper truth of it is impossible to ignore. Like global warming, it is not one isolated event, but a series of events that occur over years to create a system that has sought to undermine me, at first as a feminine child, and later as an androgynous transwoman. It is a system of social oppression and diminished opportunities for transpeople that has been employed by capitalism in the US to crush our dreams and our collective spirit.

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Then in the excess of my delirious joy, I cried out: “O Jesus, my Love, at last I have found my vocation, my vocation is Love!... Yes, I have found my place in the Church, and it is you, O my God, who havegiven me this place... in the heart of the Church, my Mother, I will be Love!.... Thus I shall be all things: thus my dream shall be realized!!!”

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At the age of 35 I was awarded the UK’s Mercury Prize. All the nominees were invited to perform that night. They lifted me from obscurity and celebrated me, setting off a chain of events that changed my life forever.

Antony on BBC4's Loose Ends last year

Yes, my Beloved, I wish to spend my life thus... I have no othermeans of proving my love except by strewing flowers, that is tosay, letting no little sacrifice pass, no look, no word--profiting bythe littlest actions, and doing them out of love. I wish tosuffer out of love and to rejoice out of love; thus I shall strewflowers before your throne. I shall not find one without scattering itspetals before you... and in strewing my flowers I will sing (can oneweep in doing so joyous an action?) I will sing, even if my roses mustbe gathered from among thorns; and the longer and sharper the thorns,the sweeter shall be my song.

baby i'm holding on dear this heart it is a waxwork of echoes

There is an old kung-fu saying which states, "The hand that strikes also blocks", meaning that when you argue it is to your advantage to anticipate your opposition and strike down their arguments within the body of your own paper. This sentiment is echoed in the popular saying, "The best defense is a good offense".

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I am a child... It is not riches or glory (not even theglory ofHeaven) that this child asks for... No, she asks for Love. Sheknows but one desire: to love you, Jesus. Glorious deeds are forbiddenher; she cannot preach the Gospel or shed her blood... But what doesthat matter, her brothers work in her place, and she, , stays close to the of the King and Queen,and loves for her brothers who are in the combat... But how shall sheshow her love, since love proves itself by deeds? Well! the littlechild will strew , she will embalm the royal throne with their , she will sing with a silver voicethe canticle of Love.

“I miss the times when I was really free.” Some beautiful

To address the other side of the argument you plan to make, you'll need to "put yourself in their shoes." In other words, you need to try to understand where they're coming from. If you're having trouble accomplishing this task, try following these steps:

photo of Edwige, Antony and Tilda Swinton NYC 2012 by Chuck Fiorello

I enjoy that wild and reckless exhilaration that comes from naming my truth as best as I can; it is what Nina Simone might have called a “boon”. The truth is that I was not groomed for stardom and watered down for your enjoyment. As a transgendered artist, I have always occupied a place outside of the mainstream. I have gladly paid a price for speaking my truth in the face of loathing and idiocy.