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Against Me's Tom Gabel: I'm Transgender

Against Me's Tom Gabel: I'm Transgender

Against Me! singer Tom Gabel has come out as transgender.

The 31-year-old rocker “who has dealt privately with gender dysphoria for years, will soon begin the process of transition, by taking hormones and undergoing electrolysis treatments,” Rolling Stone reports.

“For me, the most terrifying thing about this was how [my wife Heather] would accept the news. But she’s been super-amazing and understanding,” Tom, who’ll eventually use the name Laura Jane Grace, told the mag.

“I’m going to have embarrassing moments,” Tom added, “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.”

For more on Tom‘s transformation and story, check out the latest issue of Rolling Stone on newsstands this Friday (May 11).

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  • Shawna

    It is a very sad world we live in.

  • nicole

    way to go! mucho props to you

  • ColinG

    Honestly goood for him, but its like we are celebrating a Mental Illness that is taking over our society with people thinking they are women when they are men and women thinking they are men, its a mental illness.

  • jfakl

    LOL This is all so weird, it makes me laugh.

  • Dubya Bush

    Good Luck to you and God Bless!

  • Ace

    @Shawna: What do you mean? :]

  • Nicole

    I’m willing to take thumbs down for my comment (I don’t care)but people need to accept the way they were born. Gender reassignment isn’t like coloring your hair…you’re totally changing what came natural.

  • Nate

    I didn’t know who he was prior to this, but all I can say is whatever makes him happy then then I’m happy for him. It’s his life, not ours, so I think judging him or condemning his is rather pointless.

  • Asha

    Good for him but why get married in the first place and put another person through that. I would be mortified if something like that were to happen to me.

  • Chiara

    By that logic people shouldn´t change their natural hair color either.

  • Nicole


    You’re an idiot!!!

  • Chiara

    No you are, because that´s exactly what you were saying.
    Being transgender is a real issue, and it didn´t come natural at all, because you were born in the wrong gender.

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  • Nicole


    That’s not what I was saying. I was saying that it’s a permanent procedure that can’t be changed.

  • supermodel

    His wife didn’t know? lolllll Do they sleep in separate beds, wtf?
    I must agree with Nicole. This is a mental illness, and shouldn’t give the right to people and their doctors to mutilate their bodies to that extent. Plus they will never completely be the opposite gender. It would be much less psysically and mentally painful for them and their families to go see a psychiatrist!

  • Gossipgirl

    Wow! Just, wow! Best of luck to him/her and his/her wife.

  • Cee
  • Cee

    @supermodel: You’re an idiot. He was a born a man but is a woman mentally. He hasn’t undergone any procedures to make himself a woman yet, goddamn.

  • Caro

    @Nicole: No shit, sherlock, of course it’s permanent. You clearly are not educated in this matter, so maybe you should do some research before you make idiotic statements about topics you have absolutely no knowledge about.

  • Becca

    if I should be able to get a size dd boobs and 8 nose jobs he can be a woman all he wants

  • Chiara

    Of course it is. I don´t think anyone was saying it wasn´t.
    But that´s what therapy is there for, to determine if you really are transgender.

  • jr

    Good for you for opening up!!!!

    Congrats….good luck to you!!

  • lulu

    WTF did i just read

  • Lovely

    Well, that was random…

  • Lovely

    I’m a trans-species taking hormones to grow a horn and some hooves..

  • WTF


    How could he be a female mentally when he was born a man? It makes no logical sense I guess its that do what feels good is right then. This is kinda perverse and gross actually A man becoming a man with female parts but is still a man…sad :(

  • Tess

    Most of you are idiots. This is AMERICA. He’s not killing himself….therefore has the freedom to do as he/she pleases. Judge yourself before others.

  • weirdo

    this transgender stuff is BS. you’re a dude, tom gabel. get used to it.

  • I Heart Derpy

    @Lovely: Brony? I’d totally be a pony too….

  • Rose1987389!!!

    I’m amazed at all the “good for him” and “congrats” comments. I do know a bit about gender modification and know that gender dysphoria a.k.a. gender identification disorder is classified as a mental disorder. It is sad because studies have shown that transgender individual have a higher suicide rate AFTER surgery. Thinking you’re a woman and being a woman are two different things. He’s spent over 30 years in a man’s body. It’s not going to be an easy transition.

  • Bolbol

    I know a bit about this too. When I was in college, a fellow student was transgendered. At that, I am ashamed to say, I was kind of homophic as ignorant about all this. I was young and stupid. But I worked with another transgendered years later and I got to know a bit about the process. They are making those changes lightly. They are followed by psychologists for years, then they start to dress daily as women and live their normal lives, then the hormones and if everything is well and the person feels comfortable and normal, they go with the operation. I still had difficulties treating her like a girl though, like greeting with kisses. But I am considering myself a work in progress. If an homophobic guy can go and have many gay friends 15 years later, there is still hope. Congrats to you Tom and wish you the best.

  • pinkydoo

    So what dos that mean for his wife? I’m not sure I inderstand. Wasn’t she attracted to him to begin with because he was male? Unless she doesn’t care what his gender is and is just attracted to him/her as a person. Would love to know her thoughts..

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  • Erica


    Just wish to add that one of the reasons why suicide ate is higher after surgery is because it is easier to count. Suicide prior to surgery is often not counted as a “cause or reason” for suicide. How do you count transgenders that commit suicides prior to surgery? It is just not a number that we have extensive research on.