Tom Gabel, the lead singer for punk band Against Me!, reveals in the latest issue of Rolling Stone that she is transgender and plans to begin transitioning to life as a woman named Laura Jane Grace. She opens up about her struggle with gender dysphoria in the upcoming interview.
Gabel tells Rolling Stone that she was most worried about her wife’s feelings. “For me, the most terrifying thing about
this was how she would accept the news,” she says. “But she’s been
super-amazing and understanding.”
The transition process will involve hormone and electrolysis treatments and is scheduled to begin shortly.
Gabel says she decided to open up about her private struggle with gender dysphoria and coming out as transgender because of her position as a public figure. “I’m
going to have embarrassing moments and that won’t be fun.
But that’s part of what talking to [Rolling Stone] is about — is hoping people will
understand, and hoping they’ll be fairly kind.”
As Pitchfork notes, Gabel has referenced her struggle in Against Me! songs before. In “The Ocean,” she sings, “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.”