"Transgender Dysphoria Blues"
I was in awe when I saw one of my high school role models walk out on to the stage. Tom Gabel and the rest of Against Me! held a very dear place in my heart as I was growing up. I saw them once in 2008 at Warped Tour and felt star struck when I met them, but it wasn’t Tom or the old AM! that I saw, nor was it the feeling of being star struck that I felt the other night. Who I saw run out from behind the curtains was Laura Jane Grace and her transformed band mates with their new understanding of life and what it’s like to be someone and live/work with someone who has Gender Identity Disorder, and I felt proud. Despite living as a male for 32 years, being married with a daughter, she did one of the bravest things I could ever think and finally let her wings out. She publicly came out about 2 years ago as to having GID and through the loving and understanding support of her friends, band mates, and family, has officially become a woman. Many people grow up with these feelings that they have to confine because society only sees in black and white (or in this case pink and blue). Society doesn’t understand the grey area - where people are born with both parts and have no choice in which gender their parents choose them to be, and often growing up to be the opposite gender of that choosing. The people who were born just as they are but simply identify and wish to be someone else…I will always love, understand, and support those people and their decisions to finally be happy and love themselves.
So with that, I can proudly say I was there to capture one of America’s bravest souls as well as witness her new songs that throw all sorts of emotions out that have been kept in for such a long time. Bless you, Against Me! for sticking together.