Just a few days ago, in an interview with Rolling Stone (the full interview will appear in their June issue), Against Me! singer Tom Gabel announced that she was transgender and was going to undergo hormone treatment and electrolysis. She also announced plans to undertake the name Laura Jane Grace. Her wife Heather, who she has a two-year old daughter with, has committed her full support.
But she’s not the only one who has shown support. As a matter of fact, it seems that no matter which way I turn regarding this story, everyone has nothing but praise and encouragement for Tom and the journey that she is about to undergo. And that fills me with great hope for not only the mentality of our generation but also the mentality of a musical genre. READ MORE
Last night I received a text message from BD writer Sammy Key concerning the lead singer of my favorite band Against Me!. When I googled his name it led to me a little article Rolling Stone had written in lieu of their June issue. In short lead singer Tom Gabel has been dealing with gender dysphoria for quite some time and because of this he has finally decided to come out and become a she. She plans on changing her to name to Laura Jane Grace and will begin hormone and electrolysis treatments in the coming months with the support of her wife Heather Gabel.
I will admit this came as a shock but then I reflected on Against Me!’s fourth full length album “New Wave“. The last song “The Ocean” revealed this: “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.“. Looks Like Tom was giving us clues all long. Along with that Tom also played a song on his recent solo tour called “Transgender Dysphoria Blues” which you can watch past the break. I am very proud of Laura Jane Grace and I look forward to her happier future and the future of Against Me!, best of luck Laura. READ MORE
Against Me! have finally released a video for my favorite song off of White Crosses for “Because Of The Shame“. The video was directed by Jason Thrasher who also did the acoustic video for this song, which you can watch past the break. The live footage was shot at the last Common Grounds show on May 24th in the bands hometown of Gainesville, FL. “Because Of The Shame” will also be on their upcoming reissue of White Crosses appropriately titled White Crosses / Black Crosses which will be the band’s first release on their label Total Treble. It will be released as a 2xCD and 3xLP July 26th and will feature all the songs on White Crosses as well as the 4 bonus tracks, acoustic versions and the songs recorded with former drummer Warren Oakes before his departure.