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A brief transgender punk heroes primer


The web is all abuzz -- rightly -- about the bravery of Against Me! singer Tom Gabel "coming out" to Rolling Stone as transgender and beginning to live her life as Laura Jane Grace (while remaining legally married to her wife and raising their child. Take that, North Carolina!). 'Tis a wonderful thing indeed, and most of the commentary on the high school hearthrob band's website has been positive.

As much as it pains me to call any band that came after Fugazi "punk," Against Me! wasn't half bad to soundtrack your 2000s teenage mall rebellion, carrying on the legacy of punks through the ages. And Grace's transformation carries on another legacy as well -- that of famous transgender rockers.

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