In the new issue of Rolling Stone, Tom Gabel, lead singer of punk band Against Me!, has revealed he is transgender and plans to start living as a woman.

Eventually, Gabel, 31, says she’ll take the name Laura Jane Grace, but he will remain married to wife Heather: “For me, the most terrifying thing about this was how she would accept the news,” Gabel says in the issue, out May 11. “But she’s been super-amazing and understanding.”

Now working on their sixth album, Against Me! is on tour with The Cult through this summer. Gabel, who started the band as a solo act in 1997, is realistic about the road ahead: “I’m going to have embarrassing moments and that won’t be fun. But that’s a part of what talking to [the magazine] is about—hoping people will understand, and hoping they’ll be fairly kind.”

In the Against Me! song “The Ocean,” Gabel hinted at her desire to change gender: “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.”

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