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Against Me! Singer Tom Gabel Comes Out As Transgender

12:31 am - 05/09/2012

Against Me! singer Tom Gabel has come out as transgender and discussed plans to begin living as a woman in the next issue of Rolling Stone.

Gabel, who will go by Laura Jane Grace and remain married to wife Heather, will undergo electrolysis treatments and take hormones to make the transition from male to female.

"For me, the most terrifying thing about this was how she would accept the news," Gabel told Rolling Stone of Heather. "But she's been super-amazing and understanding."

Gabel has dealt with gender dysphoria for years and decided it was a good time to speak up about the private struggle, telling only a few family members and friends about the upcoming transition before talking with the magazine. "I'm going to have embarrassing moments, and that won't be fun," Gabel said of coming out. "But that's part of what talking to you is about — is hoping people will understand, and hoping they'll be fairly kind."

Though Gabel is the first major rock star to undergo a gender transformation, she's hardly the first celebrity. Larry Wachowski, half of the Wachowski-brother directing duo behind the "Matrix" trilogy, has been credited as Lana Wachowki in recent work and seems to now identify as a woman, though neither sibling has spoken publicly on the subject. Chaz Bono, meanwhile, made a very public run on "Dancing With the Stars" as the first transgender contestant. Chaz, born the daughter of Cher and Sonny Bono, underwent female-to-male gender transition between 2008 and 2010.

In the next issue of Rolling Stone, due Friday, Gabel will tell her full story, including what the revelation means for the future of Against Me!

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chaya 9th-May-2012 01:02 pm (UTC)
Can we just take a moment to marvel over how MTV gets the pronouns right in a trans story and LGBTQ sites can't, more often than not?

(although I'm not sure about the Chaz line at the end irt "born the daughter"... unless he's publicly said something that backs up that assumption)
tourdefierce 9th-May-2012 01:04 pm (UTC)

I am absolutely stunned they didn't fuck it up.
chaya 9th-May-2012 01:02 pm (UTC)
ALSO I know nothing about this band but good for her coming out, love the tats.
soundczech 9th-May-2012 02:06 pm (UTC)
ahh, congratulations!!!

And if I could have chosen, I would have been born a woman
My mother once told me she would have named me Laura
I'd grow up to be strong and beautiful like her

redstar826 9th-May-2012 02:33 pm (UTC)
that song was the first thing I thought of when I read this
starsinshapes 9th-May-2012 02:14 pm (UTC)
Good for her! I hope she has a strong support system through her transition.
pommedeterre 9th-May-2012 02:23 pm (UTC)
<3 <3 <3 <3 <3 <3 <3 <3 <3 <3 <3 <3
msloserrific 9th-May-2012 02:29 pm (UTC)
Good for her!

I had no idea about Lana Wachowski.

OT: I wonder how long it takes to get solid black tattoos like hers. Unless those are tights or something.
_meathook 9th-May-2012 02:34 pm (UTC)
Despite my personal feelings about Laura (she's done a lot of shitty stuff), I wish her the best.
we_got_caught 9th-May-2012 02:44 pm (UTC)
What has she done?
thecityofdis 9th-May-2012 02:36 pm (UTC)
I have never heard of her or this band, but now I want to check them out.

Good luck to her. ♥
poetic_pixie_13 9th-May-2012 02:53 pm (UTC)
Her wiki article has the right pronouns too (though they still have to change the title... "Laura Jane Grace" is listed as her 'also known as')! I'm a little worried about how the fans will/are reacting but every now and then I have the smallest (probably undeserved) bit of hope for punk rockers.

Edited at 2012-05-09 02:54 pm (UTC)
psychesky 9th-May-2012 03:14 pm (UTC)
I wish Laura all the best, and thank her for her openness and bravery in coming out to Rolling Stone (I'll be picking up that issue for the first time in over a decade, haha.) Never really been a fan of her band, or her for that matter, but this is going to start some dialogue in places that sorely need the conversation.

Some of the comments on various sites from supposed fans are hideous. A lot of them have to do with the fact they "don't want to lose his amazing voice!" Please. Even if her voice changes (I myself don't know a lot about hormone treatments and their effects) so what? Would you really hope that someone keeps their feelings bottled up so you can enjoy something as a fan? Fuck off.

Edited at 2012-05-09 03:14 pm (UTC)
babysinclair 9th-May-2012 03:16 pm (UTC)
People have been pretty supportive on absolutepunk.net My fb feed is another story.
yeats 9th-May-2012 05:08 pm (UTC)
People have been pretty supportive on absolutepunk.net

and thus was uttered a sentence never seen before in the english language.
a_leprechaun 9th-May-2012 03:17 pm (UTC)
This story hits me on several personal levels. Best of luck to her.
violentviolet09 9th-May-2012 03:20 pm (UTC)
Just talking about this on FB.

My friends used to call me punk rock cait. Oh man, so many memories.

Go girl!
sephirajo 9th-May-2012 03:30 pm (UTC)
Wish her the best of luck and hope she has family and friends there to help her with anything she needs during the transition.
fornikate 9th-May-2012 03:41 pm (UTC)
so many lyrics now make sense
pommedeterre 9th-May-2012 03:43 pm (UTC)
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