The Lead Singer of Against Me is Getting a Sex Change
Tom Gabel, lead singer of Florida based Pop-Punk band Against Me!, has revealed in an interview with Rolling Stone that he plans to begin the process of transitioning from a male to a female.
He is beginning to now live as a woman, and will soon start taking hormones, undergoing electrolysis, along with all the other necessary steps to transition. Gabel has privately dealt with gender dysphoria for years, but has alluded to his struggles with some of his song lyrics such as the one's from the song "The Ocean"..."If i could have chosen, I would have been born a woman. My mother once told me she would have named me Laura. I would grow up to be strong and beautiful like her"
Gabel plans on taking the name Laura Jane Grace, and will remain married to her wife Heather. Who he says has been "super-amazing and understanding" in regards to this new journey he is embarking on.
Historically speaking, this is the first time a major rock star has come out as transgender, and Gabel hopes to help others by speaking so openly. Telling Rolling Stone,"I'm going to have embarrassing moments, and that won't be fun. But that's part of what talking to you is about – is hoping people will understand, and hoping they'll be fairly kind."
The full story will be available to read on Friday when the magazine is released. In the mean time, as a personal fan of the band I support his decision. In the Constitution of the United States one of the main foundations our country was built on is "Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness" and if this will make Gabel happy then he has every right to pursue this change. Against Me! has given the world a gift with their music, and Gabel's talents are undeniable - I don't know what this transition will mean for the future of the band, but I wish him all the luck in the world with this journey.
For those of you who are unfamiliar with what it means to be transgender, and how difficult this can be for those struggling with gender dysphoria I highly suggest you watch the video below before passing judgment - and please keep any negative comments off of this post, because they will be deleted.