"Identity", the new Dan "Beast" Quigley-directed video from the transgender singer Mina Caputo — once known as Keith Caputo, the front-person for the popular rock band LIFE OF AGONY — can be seen below. (Note: Video contains mature content.) The song comes off Caputo's first album as a female, "As Much Truth As One Can Bear", for which she has launched an Indigogo campaign in the hopes of raising $35,000 to cover production costs.
In a new interview with Billboard.com, Caputo stated about the lifelong torment that reached a breaking point in 2008 where she became suicidal: "I couldn't look at myself in the mirror anymore. I couldn't play. Living in my testosterone and my masculinity was killing me. It was just a nightmare for me. Words can't describe the torture someone like me feels or anyone that's gender fluid."
Speaking to Advocate.com in 2011, Mina stated about how becoming a "rock star" delayed her transition, "I was very boxed in that metal thing. The first album I've ever done was released and then it pretty much exploded in Europe and I kind of had no choice but to leave school. I didn't want to sing in a band. That wasn't really what I set out to do. I wanted to go to Julliard. I wanted to play the classics, get good grades… and I pictured myself living more of a feminine life then at 19 when this whole alpha male world just pretty much took over. I was in hell for years. . . It was more of a sense of responsibility and not getting labels down… the management, the band, and the fans. And I mean, we were a really, really really, really big band. We were doing concerts in Europe where 60 to 100 thousand people were showing up."