The Cliks – Savanna
The Cliks are a Canadian rock band consisting of Lucas Silveira (vocalist/guitarist), with rotating members.Lucas Silveira is a Canadian vocalist, guitarist and songwriter. He is a transgender man
Silveira was born Lilia Silveira in Canada to a musical Portuguese-Canadian family. He lived from the age of four to the age of ten on Pico Island. At age ten, his family moved back to the suburbs of Toronto.
According to Silveira, at the age of about 3, “I knew exactly who I was …, which sucked, not having words for it and being told I was something else.” He knew he was a boy and asked his mother to buy him a penis like his brothers. He suppressed his feelings about his identity. The first time he heard about transgender people was on Geraldo Rivera when he was about 14 or 15. He subsequently decided to come out and live as a lesbian. Silveira founded The Cliks in 2004.
In 2009, the pressure of Lucas being the first “out” male transgender artist signed to a major record label took a toll, and the band split up. After a hiatus and a personal journey of transformation, including formal testosterone hormone therapy, Lucas has brought back The Cliks for the new soulful album Black Tie Elevator, set to release April 16th 2013.