Fans of the band Against Me! are used to the lead singer going by the name Tom Gabel — or, sometimes, Tommy. On Friday night in San Diego, Tom debuted as Laura Jane Grace, making her first live appearance since announcing that she is transgender and living as a woman now.
“I was worried that some people expected me to come out looking like Little Bo Peep or something,” Grace told Rolling Stone after the show, but the fans that spoke with reporters were extremely supportive of Grace’s decisions.
Also supportive was Grace’s wife, Heather, who is joining her on tour along with their daughter.
The band devoted most of the set to new songs, including one called “Transgender Dysphoria Blues,” which will be the title track of their next album. They also played a song they originally recorded in 2007, which includes the lyrics “If I could have chosen / I would have been born a woman.” Fans erupted in applause.