Punk rocker Tom Gabel to become a woman
Tom Gabel, the lead singer of punk rock band Against Me!, says he's becoming a woman.
The 31-year-old tells Rolling Stone that as a kid he felt disconnected from his body and has a condition called gender dysphoria.
He plans to take hormones and undergo electrolysis. He also is considering gender reassignment surgery.
"Growing up, my experience with transsexualism was nothing but shame," he shares.
Gabel says his new name will be Laura Jane Grace.
He says he's not attracted to men and will still be married to his wife, Heather. The couple have a 2-year-old daughter.
"For me, the most terrifying thing about this was how she (Heather) would accept the news," Gabel said of his wife. "But she's been super-amazing and understanding."
Against Me! is best known for the song Thrash Unreal. The group will hit the road for its tour with The Cult later this month.
"I'm going to have embarrassing moments and that won't be fun," Gabel said. "But that's part of what talking to you is about - is hoping people will understand, and hoping they'll be fairly kind."
The June issue of Rolling Stone hits newsstands Friday.
Published May 9, 2012