More than 1,500 New Yorkers gathered today in Manhattan to mourn the death of a 32 year-old gay man, who was shot down on Friday just blocks away from the historic Stonewall Inn in an apparent act of anti-gay bias.
Lead Singer of Punk Band 'Against Me' Comes Out as Transgender in Rolling Stone
Gable told the magazine that she will remain married to her wife Heather, who she describes as "super-amazing and understanding." Though she still goes Tom for the time being, Gable will eventually take the name Laura Jane Grace. She tells the interviewer that "I'm going to have embarrassing moments and that won't be fun. But that's a part of what talking to you is about - is hoping people will understand, and hoping they'll be fairly kind."
"Tom's decision to live life authentically is a not only a personal step forward, but one that will advance the national discussion about treating transgender people with fairness," said GLAAD President Herndon Graddick. "As more and more Americans get to know people who are transgender, they're coming to embrace and celebrate them."
Graddick told Rolling Stone, "Tom is displaying extraordinary courage by coming out as transgender after already establishing herself as a rock star. For many of the band's fans, this may be the first time they're actually thinking about transgender people and the bravery it sometimes takes in order to be true to yourself." He added, "We've seen nothing but support from Tom's fanbase online, and we hope her story will help countless transgender youth who have not had someone like her to relate to before."
Tom Gabel has been the band’s lead singer since starting it in 1997 at age 17. Against Me! has released five albums since then, and just recently began recording their sixth. They will tour with the band, The Cult, from late May to August. Below you can see a video of Gabel performing an acoustic version of her song "Transgender Dysphoria Blues" this past March, and look out for the full interview on newsstands this Friday, May 11.