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Lead singer of Against Me! reveals she is transgender

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  1. She is technically a he under law

    1. yea so but she can be called a she so why does that matter

    2. Only the person themselves can know their true gender identity. Screw what the law says about you.

    3. And we all know that the is is an ass.

      A bit like you really.

      1. And we all know that the LAW is is an ass.

    4. Sue Brown 9 May 2012, 2:29pm

      And this is relevant because?

    5. So?? My best mate is a transwoman, and she prefers to go by she. law has nothing to do with what a person is comfortable with xx

  2. Chloe shut up and go away!

  3. Anna-Jayne Metcalfe 9 May 2012, 12:36pm

    I hope her transition goes well. It’s never an easy experience to go through, and I can imagine that being in the public eye will make it even harder than it should be.

  4. Congrats to Laura for finding the courage to accept who she is. However she is not the first rock star to come out.

    Mina (formerly Keith) Caputo of Life of Agony came out as trans and is a very positive role model. Given the heavy music scene which she was part of has a very macho image, it’s great to see how it has accepted her with open arms; artists and fans alike.

  5. Good for her, if that how she wants to live then I wish her all the best of luck. It can’t be an easy choice and to do it so publicly is so brave.

  6. Good luck to her, this can’t have been easy.

    Can anyone tell me what will happen with her marriage when the process is complete, legally? Women can’t be married to women yet so what happens?

    1. I’m not sure how it works in Florida, although it’s pretty conservative so I don’t imagine the authorities are very helpful.

      I know in Britain, such is the silly state of our current marriage laws, they would have to divorce and then get a civil partnership.

      1. You don’t know that!

    2. That’s a very good point. Well I’d like to think that they can still remain married. The government can’t really force them to divorce can they? And isn’t gay marriage now legal in a lot of places in America?

      1. I don’t know how the law stands in America but here in the UK they will annul the marriage.

        I’m hoping marriage equality comes into force before mine and my husband’s marriage can be annulled. I’ve a while until I can gain legal recognition so hopefully it won’t come to that by then.

        1. It seems successive governments have been very good at doing half a job. Nobody should be forced to annul their marriage, you should be able to change your name on the certificate and leave it at that. I’m in a CP and commited for life, as most people in marriages are, I don’t see why you should have to break your vows.

          All the best, I hope it works out for you and your family. xxx

          1. Thanks Jon.

            I live in hope. Me and the Husband have been together twenty years and he’s stuck through with me coming out as trans (he identifies as straight). The thought that the government has the right to annul my marriage through no reason other than if my legal gender changes some group of outdated dolts doesn’t like it…angers me beyond belief.

    3. Do they have to care what the law says to love each other?
      They cannot be unmarried. They will still be married. Unless laws change.

  7. Fran Biley 9 May 2012, 1:10pm

    Hi yes, good luck to Laura, but as Jim says not the first, anybody remember Wayne, later Jayne, County; lead singer from the Electric Chairs?

    1. Was just going to mention her!! :) Yes, I would argue punk and hardcore circles are some of the better places for trans* musicians, and fans…

      You can just imagine if this was the lead singer of a moderately successful pop group/boy band or hip hop crew or similar… Sadly.

    2. OrtharRrith 9 May 2012, 3:12pm

      I can’t see what being the first has to do with it. She’s presumably announced this in order to be able to get on with her music career. Who did it first is surely only a matter for the history books?

  8. Good luck to her! :-)

  9. I wish all transitioning people the very best. And I hope certain regular contributers to this site won’t fill these comments with their transphobic bile.

    1. Thank you for that comment, it takes a certain amount of courage to go through transition (but not nearly as much as it took to live you life in the wrong body before transition and surgery). To have hateful comments hurled at us by people who themselves have been subjected to phobic insults and attacks is extremely hurtful

  10. Sewer News. 9 May 2012, 4:18pm

    These people have a recognized mental disese called gender identity disorder whereby they actually believe they are trapped in the wrong body!!!
    I have no objection to such ones dressing as they wish but I believe that people with mental illnesses should be ‘compelled’ to undertake therapy as opposed surgery which accomodates the illness.

    1. Hodge Podge 9 May 2012, 4:50pm

      Exactly what are your qualifications Sewer News?

      1. Sewer News. 9 May 2012, 5:01pm

        Qualifications for what? I am not claiming to be able to diagnose the disorder am I? I am stating medical facts.
        The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of MENTAL DISORDERS, Fourth Edition (DSM-IV), the diagnostic reference standard for United States mental health professionals, describes the criteria for gender identity disorder as an individual’s strong and lasting cross-gender identification and their persistent discomfort with their biological gender role.

        1. And even if it is? Just like any other mental disorder; depression, schizophrenia, anxiety, OCD, etc; there is a treatment, and in this case, it is to allow the individual to live as they identify. It’s unreasonable for you to assume as well that simply cross-dressing would satisfy this disorder. Cross-dressing and gender identity are different things. I suggest you educate yourself before posting such brazen comments on a page where it will clearly be sensitive; just as the DSM outlines behavioural-cognitive therapy and pharmacological treatments for certain mental disorders, for gender identity disorder the treatment is as such. If it wasn’t the appropriate treatment, it wouldn’t be performed.

        2. Actually, if you’d like to actually educate yourself, most countries with any actually study into this area declassify it as a mental disorder where the only solution to the problem is in point of fact, the correction of a physical disability.

          SO, rather than a correct body and a mental disorder, it’s seen as a physical problem, which affects people mentally. Please be careful about how you read that too, drinking orange juice, or having sex can stimulate you mentally.

          People with GiD, do not need subversive bloody therapy!

    2. Actually, it’s neurological. the good ole DSM 4 is up for review and the European Parliament has urged the group in charge of reviewing it to remove the label of mental illness.

  11. good for them but… “first major rock star” I think refer to anyone in Against Me as a major rock star is a bit of a stretch.

  12. God Bless her for coming out and taking a stand, the guitar player for the 1970′s rock group called The Brooklyn Bridge changed from a man to a woman and never got the attention she deserved.

  13. What a brave woman. I wish her all the best.

  14. Good luck Laura – I hope you will now be able to find you own personal happiness with you life

  15. Nick M Duffy 9 May 2012, 8:18pm

    Way to run the most masculine picture of her that you could find though, PN. That’s a horrid thing to do.

    1. Nick M Duffy 9 May 2012, 8:23pm

      (A Google image search alone will show up tens of open-rights pictures of the same singer looking far less masculine, which every other outlet has run for this story. That PN seem to have gone for the only picture online in which she has facial hair is just insensitive and a little revolting).

  16. Nice choice of photo…

  17. Laura that took a lot of courage for you to come forward and share with everyone who you truly are. Well done and good luck. I hope your transition goes as easy as possible.

  18. Staircase2 10 May 2012, 3:13am

    Bless ya, Laura!

    Good luck!

    Wishing you all the best xx

    Keep up the good work! :o)

  19. How sad and depressing it must have been for her to be living all these years in the wrong body, I know how that is. Good luck on Laura’s transition.

  20. Napoleon Wilson 11 May 2012, 9:40pm

    Her? What her? Are you all crazy? I see a picture of a man?

    1. She has come out, pronoun has now changed. What you see is an image of a human being who wants to be referred to in the gender she feels that she has always been. Therefore I see a woman, and I am far from crazy >.<

    2. Give her time, she just started transitioning !

  21. This is going to be so difficult for her, I wish her the best of luck and hope that she isn’t ridiculed by the media machine who will have a bloody field day with this.

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