Tom Gabel comes out as transgender, backed by fans and fellow musicians

In the newest issue of Rolling Stone, Tom Gabel, the lead singer of punk band Against Me!, has announced his plan to live as a woman, and will soon begin the transition process.

The first big-time rockstar to make such a move, Gabel has talked candidly about the change, saying he will take the name Laura Jane Grace, and he’s actually been dealing with gender dysphoria for years. His current wife, Heather, is said to be supporting him and that they will remain married.

This is a big move for many in the world struggling with the same issues, especially after North Carolina chose to rule against gay marriage, and his fans have had plenty of supportive words to say on Twitter:

Even celebrities and other musicians have given credit to Tom Gabel for his bravery, and they also took their Twitters to speak their minds:

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