HBO celebrates the LGBTQ community with Shea Diamond's "I Am America" Photo Courtesy of Ada Music


HBO celebrates the LGBTQ community with Shea Diamond’s “I Am America and the launch of the networks new series We’re Here. To celebrate the debut of HBO’s acclaimed new unscripted series We’re Here, a star-studded music video has been released for Shea Diamond’s brand new single “I Am America.” Co-written with superstar songwriter & activist Justin Tranter and produced by Eren Cannata, the song serves as the empowering theme anthem for We’re Here starring Bob the Drag Queen, Eureka O’Hara and Shangela Laquifa Wadley.


The day-brightening music video for “I Am America” showcases an all-star cast of friends, from FX’s American Horror Story, Angelica Ross, to HBO stars Eureka O’Hara, Bob the Drag Queen and Shangela, to Justin Tranter, Marquise Vilson, Buck Angel, Chella Man, Alok Vaid-Menon, Jacob Tobia and Shea herself. Gay Times hailed the song as “the queer celebration we need and deserve,” while Billboard called it “an uplifting LGBTQ anthem.”


Shea Diamond is a singer and songwriter who makes soul-rooted music of resistance and liberation. Based in New York City, she was born in Little Rock, Arkansas and spent portions of her upbringing in Memphis, Tennessee and Flint, Michigan. Repressed and marginalized throughout her childhood for not accepting her gender role, she ran away at the age of 14 and entered foster care. Upon her emancipation, she lacked the means to pay for gender reassignment surgery, committed armed robbery, and spent roughly a decade in prison. While incarcerated, she developed her powerful singing style and forthright approach to songwriting.

Shea was released from prison in 2009 and relocated to New York. She continued to work on music and became deeply involved in the transgender rights movement. A clip of her performing an original song titled “I Am Her,” a gutbucket blues-soul anthem for outsiders, impressed hit songwriter Justin Tranter (Imagine Dragons’ “Believer,” Selena Gomez’s “Lose You To Love Me”, Justin Bieber’s “Sorry”) which led to a deal with the Warner-distributed Asylum label. She has performed at pride events and HRC galas all over the country and has fans in everyone from Sam Smith and Demi Lovato to Pete Buttigieg and Joe Biden.