For most people, our gender identity is simply accepted as a matter of course -- and for those who reach the often agonizing conclusion that they were born with the wrong one, the process of explaining who you really are can be unbearably difficult, even when discussed in private with those closest to you. But for Against Me! frontwoman Laura Jane Grace, who until recently was known as Tom Gabel, it was simpler to announce the news in a magazine story.
Against Me! singer Laura Jane Grace -- formerly known as Tom Gabel -- says that ever since she came out as transgender last month, her father has basically refused to speak to her. She says that it has "completely ended my relationship with my father." And while she admits that "the way he was portrayed in the Rolling Stone article was a little harsh," Grace also says that she has "apologized for that" and hopes to continue a relationship with her dad.
Since announcing her decision to change genders after a life-long bout with gender dysphoria, Against Me! frontwoman Laura Jane Grace (formerly Tom Gabel) has been considerably reticent concerning the process of beginning to live as a woman and intentions to begin hormone replacement treatments. However, this weekend's show at New York City's Terminal 5 was proof that the celebrated punk singer may be quiet about the private process, but she's not without a sense of humor (or celebration, for that matter) about the long-awaited transformation.
The music community was a little bit in shock when Against Me! singer Tom Gabel recently came out as transgender and revealed that she is planning to live life as Laura Jane Grace in the future. But for the most part, a lot of musicians have come out in support of Gabel's decision, including the band's onetime tourmates, Silversun Pickups.
Tom Gabel of the Florida-based punk band Against Me! has come out as transgender and plans to begin living as a woman with the name Laura Jane Grace, the singer reveals in the new issue of Rolling Stone. Gabel will soon begin the transformation process by taking hormones and undergoing electrolysis treatments, and also reportedly is considering gender reassigment surgery.