Tom Gabel, the lead singer of the punk band Against Me!, has just come out as transgender and announced he will be living as a woman.
Gabel, 31, opened up to Rolling Stone magazine, revealing he has been dealing with “gender dysphoria for years.”
The singer will begin taking hormones and having electrolysis treatment to start his transition into becoming a woman.
“I’m going to have embarrassing moments, and that won’t be fun,” Gabel stated. “But that’s part of what talking to you is about – hoping people will understand, and hoping they’ll be fairly kind.”
Gabel’s wife Heather is sticking by his side and they will remain married. The couple have a 2-year-old daughter.
“For me, the most terrifying thing about this was how she would accept the news,” Gabel said of wife Heather. “But she’s been super-amazing and understanding.”
Gabel will eventually go by the name Laura Jane Grace.