So’le Celestial (they/them/theirs pronouns) is a Trans Non-Binary, Queer, and Gela’ CHamoru artist, singer, songwriter, performer, and producer. They were born and raised on Guahan in the Mariana Islands, but is currently based in the Puget Sound Salish (Tacoma and Seattle, WA). The art So’le creates honors the existences and sacredness of Indigenous CHamoru/Pacific Islander identity and Trans Non-Binary, Queer and Gela’ (CHamoru word for “gay”) identity. Through music, they create an open and compassionate space to explores all the dimensions of being Gela’, Trans and Queer CHamoru. Art and music allows them to honor their ancestors, themself, and the souls and bodies we hold; a space where sexuality, sensuality, and love can be explored openly; a space to heal and grow. Using music as a means of storytelling allows them to share stories that they and their communities need to see and hear; to remind and affirm that their existence is sacred and worthy of love and power; to imagine and manifest a world where we exist in our entirety.
Artist Support Program 2022: Production of “So’le Celestial’s Solar Return,” a music soundscape that will be a ceremony and story of queer and trans CHamoru grief, love, and healing.