Against Me! singer Tom Gabel reveals plans to begin living as a woman in the new issue of Rolling Stone. Gabel, who has dealt privately with gender dysphoria for years, will soon begin the process of transition, by taking hormones and undergoing electrolysis treatments.
Gabel will eventually take the name Laura Jane Grace, and will remain married to her wife Heather. “For me, the most terrifying thing about this was how she would accept the news,” says Gabel. “But she’s been super-amazing and understanding.”
Gabel only told a handful of family and friends about her plan to transition before talking to Rolling Stone. Because this is the first time a major rock star has come out as transgender, the singer made a point of speaking openly about it. “I’m going to have embarrassing moments,” says Gabel, “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.”
The full story of Gabel’s transformation is in the latest issue, on newsstands this Friday (May 11th). In it, the singer tells Josh Eells about her history of gender dysphoria, the specifics of the transition process and what becoming Laura Jane Grace will mean for the future of Against Me!
Rest in Peace, Agnes
If you haven’t heard, Mexican Trans* activist, Agnes Torres Hernández, was found dead this Saturday with signs of torture. I read the news yesterday at 3 AM and maybe its because she’s Latina, but the news hit me even harder than usual and I started crying like a baby, feeling helpless.
This isn’t much but I made this yesterday in her honour and finished it up today.
I hope someday we obtain justice for all our beautiful transgender brothers and sisters who are cruelly murdered every year just for being ourselves.
♥ ♥ This is for you, Agnes.//Esto es para ti, Agnes. Descansa en paz./R.I.P. ♥ ♥
Submitted by a reader in Venezuela. Thank you!
If nothing else, Dan Savage has proven that he could get better. There’s no question that his work has perpetuated classism, adultism, and transphobia.
As educators, we never want to throw anyone away. We’re committed to meeting people where they are at and working together towards a future for everyone. We do not mean to attack Dan Savage on a personal level, to deem him evil or forever oppressive. As he himself has said, he has “had a journey on trans issues,” and we hope that he will continue to work towards recognizing the privilege to fight oppression.
That said, we also demand the very best for our communities. While we hold patience for Dan Savage as an individual trying to sort through oppression, we have no tolerance for him as a representative or a leader. As an extremely visible queer figure, his actions and words often perpetuate violence against the very people he is representing. His role as a representative isn’t something that he can choose not to do, it’s not a role that he can contest. For many, he’s the only conduit into the queer world, the only example of what a queer person might look like. Universities looking to pay heed to queer communities often turn to him, paying $10,000 for him to tell students, in not so many words, that it’s ok to use words like “tranny” and “shemale,” that you shouldn’t be tricked by people who profess to be bisexual, that young people should wait patiently for it to get better.
In this respect, as a representational figure, we have no patience for him to work out his issues. Frankly, we already hear enough of that bullshit every day, and we don’t need to hear it from another white, monied, able-bodied adult cis man with a sex column and a microphone. Dan Savage, you do not speak for us.
More than two decades later, Lundberg is a dramatic voice in a larger struggle against authority — the Swedish legal requirement that people who want to officially change their sex with the government must be be sterilized first. The law also forbids the freezing of sperm or eggs before corrective surgery, which effectively means transgender Swedes are barred from having biological children.
“Forcible sterilization” has been quietly practiced for decades in countries typically cast as progressive on LGBT rights: France, the Netherlands, Australia and a number of U.S. states still require it. Italy and Germany have just recently overturned similar legislation.
Although Swedish leaders have been talking for months about repealing the sterilization law that Prime Minister Fredrik Reinfeldt called a “dark chapter in Swedish history,” it remains on the books. The conservative Christian Democrats have doggedly opposed the repeal, arguing that sex reassignment surgery is a threat to traditional social roles. Transgender advocates like Lundburg say they are fed up with being the last of the LGBTs to win their rights.
“It infuriates me that a group of people think they have a right to tell another group of people what they can and cannot do,” Lundberg says.
Absolutely shameful. I want to find out what US states also require this.
“Dr.” Keith Albow on Jenna Lyons, president of J. Crew, getting divorced and having a relationship with another woman. Jenna Lyons was the center of a controversy last year when J. Crew ran an ad showing her painting her son’s nails pink.
I don’t want to live in a world where this guy is allowed to spew hatred like this. Yes, obviously lesbians are afraid of masculinity and really just need a man to show them what’s right. Jesus Christ.
Some are concerned what social changes might come with the victory of Tunisia’s Islamist party in the country’s first free vote since the Arab Spring overthrow of autocratic president Ben Ali. Nahda party spokesman Riad Chaibi has offered reassurances that the new leadership does not want to deprive citizens of individual freedoms, going so far as to say that being gay is “a matter of dignity”:
Chaibi, who spent five years in prison for his opposition to dictator Ben Ali, said that in Tunisia “individual freedoms and human rights are enshrined principles” and that atheists and homosexuals are a reality in Tunisia and “have a right to exist.” According to Chaibi, in the case of homosexuals there is also “a matter of dignity, because society sees them as undervalued.”
Given that Tunisia has a history of stigmatizing and punishing people who are gay, this would be quite a bold step. Chaibi also said that women will not be forced to wear veils and people will be allowed to drink alcohol, promising a coalition government approach that values freedom. Detractors of the Nahda party have suggested that its actions in the mosques do not match its talking points to the public.
Israel will no longer be able to claim it’s the only safe place for LGBTQ community anymore.
Michelle Bachmann (via deathbypolitics)
There’s a possibility that this woman could be president. This is not ok. Be provoked. Speak out.
Signal boost. Bachmann is a hateful fucking bigot. The fact that she is even a CONTENDER for presidency (along with Rick Perry) tells me there is something seriously fucking wrong with this country.
Gonna need to see a citation on this. Not that I don’t think Bachmann believes this, but I’m pretty sure she’s smart enough to know not to actually say it.
Yeah, I couldn’t find a source for this anywhere. I’m calling bullshit. It looks like something someone made up because of the fact gay teen suicides spiked in Bachmann’s district.