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On May 8th, Against Me! singer Tom Gabel revealed in an unprecedented move her ongoing battle with gender dysphoria and announced plans to transition to female within the next year. When Rolling Stone published the news, Gabel had already began her transition and was well underway of becoming Laura Jane Grace, a name her mother fashioned for the singer had Gabel been born female. Fans of the punk rock band were undoubtedly taken by surprise but their biggest concern was how this was going to impact the future of the band. Gabel made it clear in the May issue of Rolling Stone that the band was to remain true to their fundamental roots and press forward as Against Me!. Last night, Laura Jane Grace made her debut at Humphrey’s in San Diego, their first stop in a month of North American shows. Rolling Stone elaborates on the story:
Charging through a 40-minute set at Humphreys Concerts by the Bay in San Diego – the first stop in a month-long U.S. tour with British rockers the Cult – the quartet played six new songs, including the rollicking anthem “Transgender Dysphoria Blues,” the title track of an album they’re working on. Decked out in a loose-fitting black tank top, tight black jeans and black eye shadow, Grace was in high spirits as she delivered her trademark, throat-shredding screams.
“I was worried that some people expected me to come out looking like Little Bo Peep or something,” Grace said after the show while hanging out at the merch table with her wife, Heather. (They’re doing the tour as a family; their toddler daughter, Evelyn, was sleeping with a nanny in the tour bus.)
Though Grace says she’s open to having a dialogue about her transition with fans, she kept stage banter to a minimum and never brought up her coming out or new name in between songs. Since many of the concertgoers were Cult fans who weren’t familiar with Against Me!, the show wasn’t exactly ideal for a punk-rock heart-to-heart…
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Watch Tom Gabel perform an acoustic rendition of “Transgender Dysphoria Blues” below