Rock Star Comes Out Transgender
I'll be as respectful as is possible with this story but it comes as a bit of a shock to hear that Against Me! lead singer and guitarist Tom Gabel has come out transgendered. To our knowlege this is a first. This is a brave and gutsy thing to do. Gabel who has dealt privately with gender dysphoria for years, will soon begin the process of transition, by taking hormones and undergoing electrolysis treatments.
If you're fan, it was all there in plain sight 5 years ago on the last track of their breakthrough album New Wave in 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.
Sure enough Gabel will eventually take on the name Laura Jane Grace and will remained married to his wife.
Here's Tom Gabel running and taking a beating in the video for "I Was A Teenage Anarchist"
Here is Tom in transition.
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