Activist’s Nirvana Cover Jams a Middle Finger to Anti-Trans Pols

A transgender activist is channeling the spirit of Kurt Cobain to fight for equality.

Daniella Carter has released a cover of “Something in the Way,” which is part of a new album from producer Jonathan Hay and Rush Music, Come as You Are: Nirvana Reimagined as House Techno.

Carter, who is also a content creator, was inspired by the activist spirit of the late Nirvana front man; the song comes with a message for conservative lawmakers who are seeking to attack transgender people through state legislatures.

“In this unprecedented time with so many state legislators introducing anti-trans bills, it’s more important than ever that we have allies who speak up like Kurt Cobain did: ‘If you’re a sexist, racist, homophobe or basically an a*shole, don’t buy this CD. I don’t care if you like me, I hate you,'” said a statement issued by Carter.

The statement is in reference to a quotation from Cobain’s 1993 “I’m Gay in Spirit” cover story with The Advocate. “If any of you, in any way, hate homosexuals, people of a different color or women, please do this one favor for us — leave us the fuck alone. Don’t come to our show and don’t buy our record.”

Come as You Are: Nirvana Reimagined as House Techno will be released June 4, with a portion of the proceeds benefiting campaigns in support of LGBTQ+ mental health and suicide prevention. Carter will be featured in a music video of her “Something in the Way” cover. Listen to the track below.

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