Tom Gabel, the lead singer of punk rock band Against Me!, in an interview with Rolling Stone, says he's becoming a woman.
The 31-year-old further tells Rolling Stone that as a kid he felt disconnected from his body and has a condition called gender dysphoria (unhappiness with one's biological sex or its usual gender role, with the desire for the body and role of the opposite sex). He plans to begin the complex transition process from the male to female gender. Will take hormones and undergo electrolysis. He also is considering gender reassignment surgery.
Says Gabel: "Growing up, my experience with transsexualism was nothing but shame."
Gabel says his new name will be Laura Jane Grace. He says he's not attracted to men and will still be married to his wife. They have a 2-year-old daughter.
The hardest part for anyone revealing a major, life-changing ‘secret’ is the reaction of their loved ones, but fortunately for Laura, her wife Heather is an understanding pillar of support.
Like many questioning their sexual identities, Laura has dealt with body dysmorphic order for years, and any Against Me! super fan will know that she immortalized her struggle in the 2007 song The Ocean.
The troubadour sings:
"If I could have chosen, I would have been born a woman / My mother once told me she would have named me Laura / I would grow up to be strong and beautiful like her."
Per PerezHilton.com, "Our heart has SWELLED at this news! It’s wonderful when a person can finally feel comfortable in his/her own skin.
We only hope the transformation will go smoothly and the journey will be chock-filled with love and positivity!"
Against Me! is best known for the song "Thrash Unreal." The group will hit the road for its tour with The Cult later this month.
the look of a happy wo/man :)