Tom Gabel ( now Laura Jane Grace), of Against Me!, is transgendered? I would’ve never guessed that based on image. I’ll make them the band of the week for that (even though I am not a fan)
It always shocks me when normal looking people come out as trans. Who appear cisgender and then BANG. Especially in the rock world. As a rock star you have so much freedom.
Of course, truth be told, I don’t understand how anyone can be cisgendered. How boring and dull is that! I am always skeptical of cisgender people as I don’t even consider them real individuals. Just mindless clones.
Now, generally speaking, I identify as trans. But i don’t do hormones or anything because I am poor as shit AND it’s too binary. I guess that is what concerns me about cis people who come out as trans like that. Going from one gender role to the other in an extreme. I live my life between genders. Some days I wear fake boobs, sometimes I wear a dress without shaving my face and sometimes I wear pants and look like Kurt Cobain. Whatever my mood is. It’s Hollywood I can easily get away with this shit.
Not to say I didn’t challenge gender in Ohio! It’s just less threatening here. Granted Hollywood has tons of trans people and West Hollywood is right next door.
It’s good Laura is being herself, finally. But, looking at pictures of that band, they just look so testro driven rock. They didn’t challenge shit. And, as superficial as this is, a bands look is part of the appeal. I can’t get into bands that are all male and where they all have short hair and look normal. Especially in the year 2012.
I’ve never hid who I am. Why would a rock star hide for so long? And if I ever got married (which I refuse to do until everyone has the right to get married regardless of sex) I wouldn’t hide who I am.
But fear is a powerful thing I suppose. I just hope transiting brings Laura happiness.