Against Me! punk rocker Tom Gabel has come out as a transgender and announces plan to start living as a woman in the newest issue of Rolling Stone. Gabel, or soon to be Laura Jane Grace, explained her journey with gender dysphoria, one which she kept secret for years.
The Gender Dysphoria Organization defines Gender identity disorder as:
identified by psychologists and physicians, as a condition in which a person has been assigned one gender, usually on the basis of their sex at birth (compare intersex disorders), but identifies as belonging to another gender, and feels significant discomfort or being unable to deal with this condition. It is a psychiatric classification and describes the problems related to transsexuality, transgender identity and more rarely transvestism. It is the diagnostic classification most commonly applied to transsexuals.
The core symptom of gender identity disorders is gender dysphoria, literally being uncomfortable with one’s assigned gender
In a preview on their site, Rolling Stone confirmed that the Gabel “will soon begin the process of transition, by taking hormones and undergoing electrolysis treatments.”
The star and her wife will remain together despite the major shift and Gabel told the magazine, “For me, the most terrifying thing about this was how she would accept the news, but she’s been super-amazing and understanding.”
Many suffering with gender dysphoria have just a difficult time coping with their identity as outsiders who do not seem to understand the condition.
LiveScience reported in 2010:
A staggering 41 percent of transgender people in the United States have attempted to commit suicide, according to a new survey. About 19 percent of transgender people report being refused medical care because of their gender-nonconforming status, and a shocking 2 percent have been violently assaulted in a doctor’s office.
These statistics are just some of the sobering findings from a survey of more than 7,000 transgender people conducted by the National Center for Transgender Equality and the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force, released in October 2010.
Gabel is the first transgender with extreme rock star status to come out and is hoping that her honesty about her identity and new lifestyle changes will help the public to become more open minded.
When commenting on the process and opinions of others Gabel said, “I’m going to have embarrassing moments, and that won’t be fun. But that’s part of what talking to you is about – is hoping people will understand, and hoping they’ll be fairly kind.”
Which is to say one’s identity isn’t always attached to what lies between one’s legs but so often what lies between one’s mind…
Punk all the way of course….