Alix Dobkin
BornAugust 16, 1940
BirthplaceNew York City, New York, USA
OccupationSinger, Songwriter
ChildrenAdrian (daughter)

Alix Dobkin (born August 16, 1940) is an American folk singer/songwriter.


Alix Dobkin was born in New York City and raised in Philadelphia. She was raised in a Conservative Ashkenazi Jewish household. She graduated from Germantown High School in 1958, and the Tyler School of Art, with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree, in 1962. She began performing the Greenwich Village coffeehouse scene in the early '60's.

Dobkin briefly married a man in the late 1960s, the marriage producing a daughter. In 1972, Dobkin came out as a lesbian, something very uncommon for a public personality to do at the time. She has since been very active in promoting lesbian rights and women's music and culture. Dobkin has been a highly vocal critic of transgender issues and transpeople, particularly FTM transpeople. Her critiques of trangenderism have appeared in several of her written columns, including her piece "The Emperor's New Gender."

Dobkin has a small and devoted audience; however, she gained some unexpected (and not entirely welcome) fame in the Eighties when comedians like David Letterman and Howard Stern tracked down her landmark "Lavender Jane Loves Women" album, and began playing it on the air. Her warbling vocal style and lyrics made her a somewhat easy target for satire.

Dobkin is an ethical vegetarian and advisory board member of Feminists For Animal Rights.



  • Lavender Jane Loves Women (1973)
  • Living with Lesbians (1975)
  • Xx Alix (1980)
  • These Women (1986)
  • Yahoo Australia! Live from Sydney (1990)
  • Love & Politics (compilation, 1992)
  • Living with Lavender Jane (CD re-release of first two albums, 1998)


  • Alix Dobkin's Adventures In Women's Music
  • (Not Just A Songbook) (1978)

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