In the newest issue of Rolling Stone, Tom Gabel, the lead singer of punk band Against Me!, has announced his plan to live as a woman, and will soon begin the transition process.
The first big-time rockstar to make such a move, Gabel has talked candidly about the change, saying he will take the name Laura Jane Grace, and he’s actually been dealing with gender dysphoria for years. His current wife, Heather, is said to be supporting him and that they will remain married.
This is a big move for many in the world struggling with the same issues, especially after North Carolina chose to rule against gay marriage, and his fans have had plenty of supportive words to say on Twitter:
In light of yesterday's North Carolina news, amazing to see Tom of Against Me! come out as transgender. Punk rock. http://t.co/wenzmlwo
— Sam Zimmerman (@samdzimmerman) May 9, 2012
big ups to Tom Gabel. Love Against Me! she'll always rock.
— Marc Smith (@mls626) May 9, 2012
— MarsBCN (@BcnMars) May 9, 2012
Been reading about Tom Gabel becoming Laura Jane Grace all morning. Hats off. A beacon in the endless night.
— Jenny Owen Youngs (@jennyowenyoungs) May 9, 2012
— Rachel Francois (@rachfran) May 9, 2012
Even celebrities and other musicians have given credit to Tom Gabel for his bravery, and they also took their Twitters to speak their minds:
@m_shinoda: I don't think I've ever done anything that demonstrated the bravery of Tom Gabel.
— Mike Shinoda (@mikeshinoda) May 9, 2012
"It's a harsh realm… don't abandon me." – we got you buddy. #goodnightinternet
— The Gaslight Anthem (@gaslightanthem) May 9, 2012
This one goes out to Tom Gabel… 'Don't Let Them Tell You Who You Cannot Love!!!' http://t.co/FOGjYOUD
— Strike Anywhere (@_StrikeAnywhere) May 9, 2012