Tom Gabel, Against Me! lead singer, comes out as transgender
Tom Gabel, the lead singer of the rock band Against Me!, came out as transgender and plans to start living as a female.
Gabel told Rolling Stone magazine that she has been living with gender dysphoria for years and will begin to take hormones and undergo electrolysis to transition into a woman.
The 31-year-old told the magazine that she will eventually take the name Laura Jane Grace and will remain married to her wife, artist Heather Gabel. The couple welcomed their first child, a daughter, in November 2009.
"For me, the most terrifying thing about this was how she would accept the news," Gabel told Rolling Stone. "But she's been super-amazing and understanding."
In the Against Me! song, "The Ocean," off of their 2007 album, "New Wave," Gabel alluded to the idea in the lyrics, "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." The singer also penned a new song, "Transgender Dysphoria Blues."
Gabel kept her dysphoria private from all but a handful of people, before coming out in Rolling Stone. Gabel decided to be open about it, being the first major rock star to come out as transgender.
"I'm going to have embarrassing moments," Gabel said, "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."
Gabel formed Against Me! in 1997 in Naples, Florida and the band gained popularity with their 2002 release, "Reinventing Axl Rose." The band is scheduled to go on an international tour over the summer.