Jackie Strano is a local vocal legend. —SF Bay Guardian

                                            Strano could match any rock vocalist on the national scene. Washington Blade

Jackie (Jack) Strano is a SF Bay Area music scene veteran. They are a Trans-Butch Queer gender non-conforming non binary singer/songwriter who fronted the popular 90’s all queer band, The Hail Marys and has performed on stages from coast to coast from CBGB’s in NY to the Fillmore in SF. Strano is the founder and singer/songwriter/guitarist for current queercore rock band, Ladykillers.  The Hail Marys’ music with Strano’s lead vocals are featured on the soundtrack of the Hollywood noir lesbo classic, Bound  by the Wachowski Sisters who did The Matrix franchise. Strano’s music is featured in other history making productions including Sundance Selection 2003, Radical Harmonies, a documentary about the origins of women’s music. Strano is first generation American, born in Canada and the child and grandchild of Holocaust survivors and is currently working on a dreamscape/novella/semi-autobiography called Chicagoland and The Pendant.

…their rebel attitude and righteous rage has earned The Hail Marys a place in dyke-rock history. Their lyrics, penned by lead singer Jackie Strano, are a captivating combination of pugnacity and profane poetry. Think AC/DC with lyrics by Patti Smith. —SFGATE

Full of intelligent lyrics. —New Orleans Impact

Jackie Strano is a local vocal legend. —SF Bay Guardian

Strano could match any rock vocalist on the national scene. —Washington Blade

Jackie Strano helped make history in the sex positive feminist sex toy world as one of the original worker owners of the legendary sex positive retailer Good Vibrations. Strano later went on to run Good Vibrations as Executive VP until 2017 including the merger and acquisition of other feminist leaders, Babeland and Camouflage. During this time, Strano continued writing and performing music and touring with The Hail Marys, The Servants, Building 80, Low Sky Echo, The Passengers, Strano & Reed, and solo. Strano’s prolific and intense songwriting has inspired various productions including the short narrative film, Override by Director, Lisa Ginsburg and Alley of the Trannyboys by groundbreaking vanguard Transman filmmaker Christopher Lee. 

Strano is the co-founder of S.I.R. Video Productions with wife Shar Rednour. Together they created the cult classic, Bend Over Boyfriend and are the only queer owned, independently owned production company to ever win an AVN award (Porn Oscars) for Best Feature with their ode to butch/femme desire- Hard Love & How to Fuck In High Heels. S.I.R. has been featured in Playboy, Cosmopolitan, Self, Salon.com, Village Voice, and various other publications and in documentaries including Hot & Bothered: Feminist Pornography, HBO’s 6 part series Pornocopia, KRON’s The History of Sex in San Francisco, and UK’s The Truth About Lesbian Sex.

Jackie Strano has also been published in various anthologies including Pills, Thrills, Chills, and Heartache: Adventures in the First Person by Michelle Tea and Clint CatalystNew Views on Pornography by Lynn Comella and Shira Tarrant, Coming Out Like a Porn Star by Jiz Lee, Virgin Territory by Shar Rednour, and studied with Beat Poet, David Meltzer in the Master of Poetics program at New College of CA in SF and was published in their literary journal Cayati 17 in 1989. 

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