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Tom Gabel of Against Me!: truly a battle of man vs. self

Submitted by on May 10, 2012 – 10:25 amNo Comment

The lead singer of the American punk rock band Against Me! has grown from a teenage anarchist to a middle-aged gender rebel.

As TMZ and Rolling Stones magazine report, Tom Gabel, 31, front-man and founder of the band (1997) has come out of a personal closet of gender confliction.

“Growing up, my experience with transsexualism was nothing but shame,” explained Gabel.

As a youth Gabel found himself confused and disconnected in mind and body, as one did not reflect the other. It is a condition called gender dysphoria, not to be confused with androgyny (he’s certainly no Boy George.) It definitely makes his band name seem that much more clever now, doesn’t it?

I know I saw them play on tour with Rise Against and Anti-Flag in 2004 at Le Medley in Montreal. It was the former drummer, Warren Oakes’ birthday and they all stripped to nothing but their instruments and performed, but to the crowd, nothing seemed out of place.

Gabel plans to undergo electrolysis and hormone therapy treatments to ease into the metamorphosis, after which he’ll consider whether or not to complete the process with gender realignment surgery (a sex change, nicely said.)

“I’m going to have embarrassing moments and that won’t be fun,” Gabel said. “But that’s part of what talking to you is about – is hoping people will understand, and hoping they’ll be fairly kind.”

He has released his new name once the procedures are completed, and will commence his rebirth as Laura Jane Grace. Gabel also confirmed that he plans to remain with his understanding wife, Heather Gabel, with whom he has a two-year-old daughter.

“For me, the most terrifying thing about this was how she [Heather] would accept the news,” Gabel said. “But she’s been super-amazing and understanding.”

This came as little shock after the song “The Ocean” from the 2007 release New Wave alluded to his now-exposed true self. “If I could have chosen/I would have been born a woman/My mother once told me she would have named me Laura.”

His newest song is a tell-all about his true identity, appropriately named “Transgender Dysphoria Blues”

Gabel (soon to be Grace) and Against Me! are touring the U.S. with The Cult throughout the summer starting this month.

Story by Devin Size

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