In the latest issue of Rolling Stone, Against Me! singer Tom Gabel has revealed his desire to begin living as a woman.
Having dealt privately with gender dysphoria for years, Gabel plans to take hormones and undergo electrolysis treatments, ultimately adopting the name Laura Jane Grace.
She will remain married to her wife, Heather. “For me, the most terrifying thing about this was how she would accept the news,” Gabel admitted. “But she’s been super-amazing and understanding.”
As the first major rock singer to come out as transgender, Gabel assertively made the decision to speak openly about the transformation and provide some insight into what the process will be like. “I’m going to have embarrassing moments,” says Gabel, “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 — including what Gabel’s transformation means for the future of About Me! — can be read in the latest issue of the magazine, which hits newsstands Friday.
Until then, here’s some tunes: