Punk rocker comes out as transgender

Tom Gabel
The singer for Florida punk rock group Against Me!, Tom Gabel,  has come out as transgender, and plans to begin living as a woman under the name Laura Jane Grace, reports Rolling Stone. The punk singer is set to begin the process of living as a woman via hormones and electrolysis treatments. Gabel will continue her marriage to wife Heather Gabel. "For me, the most terrifying thing about this was how she would accept the news," Gabel said of her wife. "But she's been super-amazing and understanding." While gender-bending imagery has informed musicians from Bowie to Gaga, Gabel's transition will mark the arrival of what the magazine dubs rock's first "major" transgender figure - a responsibility she doesn't take lightly. "I'm going to have embarrassing moments and that won't be fun," Tom said. "But that's part of what talking to you is about - is hoping people will understand, and hoping they'll be fairly kind."