Against Me! Singer Tom Gabel Comes Out As Transgender

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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