Listen closely, because over the next few days, you may hear the distant sound of bros all over the world bellowing in anguish.
In the new issue of Rolling Stone, Gabel (lead singer of “punk” band Against Me!) comes out as transgender and reveals plans to start living life as a woman named Laura Jane Grace. I personally give major props to Gabel for this brave decision, and the band for supporting it. I can’t remember ever having heard of the lead singer of a band coming out as transgender. As alluded to before, their primary audience might not be one who would support this decision across the board, in my estimation. Hopefully this only widens the demographic of their fans, a group that I am now included in despite my indifference to their music. Her decision to come out publicly with her private battle comes at a crucial time in the fight for rights of LGBTQ folks…..here’s to hoping she gets love and credit for it.
Gabel opens up to Rolling Stone about gender dysmorphia, the decision to tell and stay with her wife, and the steps ahead towards gender reassignment. Gabel also discusses how this impacts the future of Against Me! and new record “Transgender Dysphoria Blues,” which tells the story of a transsexual prostitute. The article is in the new issue of Rolling Stone, on newsstands Friday.
BIG UPS GABEL!