In recent years it seems there has been an increase in transgender operations, making it easier for people who have gender dysphoria to feel comfortable in their own skin, and people in the rock community are no different. In recent years, the lead singer of the American punk rock band, Against Me! underwent transgender operations due to her gender dysphoria.
Laura Jane Grace, front woman of Against Me!, was born Thomas James Gabel on November 8, 1980. She lived a bulk of her life as a male and even formed her career as a male, but in an interview with the rolling stone in 2012 she announced that she was truly accepting her gender dysphoria she made the transition to become a female.
In an interview with George Strouwmboulopoulos, Grace spoke about why the transition began so late for her and what it was like, "My earliest memories are of gender dysphoria, but I don't think it was until I was 13 or 14 that I had even heard of someone transitioning, then a large portion of my life was swept away being in a band and all. Then I kind of hit a wall where I had to confront what was going on with me."
Grace mentions she had always felt she gravitated more towards females, stating that they were easier to be around and easier to connect with. Continually, she explains she is glad she is able to inspire people to admit their gender dysphoria, but that the feeling they get from her she wants to get from them. She even encourages others who might be feeling this way to explore the topic and talk about it, urging kids to not hold the feeling in.
"41% of Trans people attempt suicide, and I'm definitely part of that statistic, but realizing that I had other people to live for, helped me through that," Grace mentioned in the same interview.
Grace is very outspoken about her gender dysphoria, going as far as to name Against Me!'s most recent album after her condition. Grace hoped to inspire people who have felt stuck and unable to keep moving forward as well as help people who may not have known they had gender dysphoria to begin with.
"It was empowering, really, really empowering to hear people chant Laura while I was on stage instead of Tom or anything else, it made me feel happy, like I had done something that I was meant to do." Said Grace interview with the Rolling Stone.