Against Me! vocalist/guitarist Tom Gabel has reportedly revealed his new life as a transgender.
According to Rolling Stone, which teases the full print story in next week's issue, Gabel will adopt the name Laura Jane Grace. She will remain with her wife, and two-year old daughter, during what is undoubtedly a difficult transition.
It takes an inconceivable amount of courage for an individual in the public eye to address any personal issue outside the realm of normalcy, much less one as delicate and socially volatile as gender reassignment.
In the following quote, Gabel offered rationale on going public with the news:
"I'm going to have embarrassing moments," says Gabel, "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."
We wish Tom/Laura the very best, and offer nothing but support and respect.
As for how this announcement will affect the future of Against Me remains to be seen. In the meantime, we'll just keep on rocking our favorite jam from the crew:
See you on the other side, Tommy.