True Trans Soul Rebel
This week I thought I’d talk about someone who I think is just an extraordinary being. Laura Jane Grace is the front-woman of Against Me! (AKA my favorite band), she came out as trans when she was 30 and being in a popular band that was pretty hard. In this episode of her web-series “True Trans” she highlights what that was like and how she was so unhappy she thought about suicide often. It’s really interesting viewing this from a fan’s perspective because with any band, you watch them grow, you watch them get more and more fans, go on tour, their sound changes, all that jazz. But I don’t think that I’ve seen a more dramatic change occur than with Against Me! and Laura Jane Grace. I don’t expect y’all to go listen to the band’s entire discography but when you listen to the first few albums it’s a lot of anger: with the system, with herself, things like that. But then when you get to the point where Laura started to transition, the band does as well. The songs are about a breakthrough, her experience with being trans. All of a sudden she’s not going to shows drunk and doped up. She stops masking her feelings of being a woman and embraces who she’s always been.
Against Me!’s album Transgender Dysphoria Blues really holds a special place in my heart, it’s such a statement, such an iconic album in my opinion, and I’m really proud of the band and Laura. She’s doing a lot with her platform, reaching out to trans people of all ages and giving them a chance to speak in her web-series, answering questions, doing interviews, she’s such a positive figure. Hands down one of my favorite people on the planet, not only because her band is spectacular or that she’s trans or anything like that; it’s because of the hope she emits, much like sunshine breaking through a hurricane. Someone very important to me (who is trans) showed me this band. And they were so incredibly excited that someone like them was doing all these wonderful things. Watching that person transform with the band made my heart so full, it was truly incredible. Laura Jane Grace has done so much good for them, I’m really glad she found the courage to be authentic to herself, because she not only opened that door for herself, but many other young trans kids. I can never thank her enough for that. I can’t wait until the day that my true trans soul rebel can be exactly who they want to be, and it will be thanks to Laura Jane Grace for showing them that it is possible.
(Sorry about the super long mushy-emotional post)