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Against Me! Singer, Tom Gabel Comes Out As Transgender – Would You Remain A Fan? [VIDEO/POLL]

Tom Gabel of Against Me!
(Photo by Jeff Gentner/Getty Images)

Tomorrow’s edition of Rolling Stone magazine is going to feature an article about Tom Gabel of Against Me! and his shocking announcement that he plans to start living his life as a woman. By undergoing a rigorous process of electrolysis treatments and taking hormones, the transformation will take place seemingly right before the eyes of his fans, as well as his family, friends and band-mates. As of right now, Gabel does not intend on this transformation effecting the band’s tour schedule or any future plans on releasing new albums. That is obviously subject to change considering something as life-changing as gender transformation could lead to complications along the way.

As for his family, according to Rolling Stone,

Gabel will eventually take the name Laura Jane Grace, and will remain married to her 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.”

Now I’m not one to judge, because I’ve never dealt with an internal conflict nearly as serious as having a desire to be a member of the opposite sex. I am a fan of some of Against Me!’s music as well as Tom Gabel’s solo work, and I don’t think that will change just because Tom Gabel is going to become Laura Jane Grace. For someone who is a bigger fan however, I wonder how you feel, or if it happened to your favorite band. Would you pull a complete 180 and start listening to some other artist because you don’t support this kind of change?

It is pretty interesting to note that an Against Me! song from 2007 called ‘The Ocean’ lays out the situation plain and simple in the second verse:

And if I could have chosen, I would have been born a woman
My mother once told me she would have named me Laura
I’d grow up to be strong and beautiful like her

Here’s a video of an acoustic performance of the song.

Here’s Against Me!’s most notable single, ‘Teenage Anarchist’.
Here’s Tom Gabel covering Bruce Springsteen’s ‘Reason To Believe’.

What do you think? Take our poll below.

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