Tom Gabel, the histrionic lead singer of punk band Against Me!, has revealed to Rolling Stone that she's taking steps to begin living life as a woman. The thirty-one-year-old Florida native will soon start electrolysis and and hormone therapy, though Gabel intends to remain married to wife Heather.
"For me, the most terrifying thing about this was how she would accept the news," says Gabel. "But she's been super-amazing and understanding."
Gabel has reportedly suffered from gender dysphoria for years, which will more likely than not be addressed in her new song "Transgender Dysphoria Blues" (no, I am actually not kidding) and will be going by the name Laura Jane Grace.
For the Against Me! diehards who are taking this news as a shock, we can now confirm that Gabel was definitely talking about herself in the Against Me! song "The Ocean:"
"If I could have chosen, I would have been born a woman / my mother once told me she would have named me Laura."
That one definitely went over my head. While Gabel/Grace admits that there are going to be "embarrassing moments," they will surely be trumped by the raised fists of approval from LGBT supporters, fans of Against Me!'s music, and a general hodgepodge of ignorance-crushing badasses. Give 'em hell, Laura.