For the past 15 years, the band Against Me! has cranked out an energetic and socially conscious brand of punk, continuing a grand tradition handed down from Detroit’s MC5 through bands like the Clash and Fugazi.
But in the May 24 issue of Rolling Stone, bandleader Tommy Gabel stepped from the realm of the political into the deeply personal, revealing that she is transgender and is transitioning from male to female.
When Against Me! hits Grand Rapids for a performance at the Orbit Room on June 2, it will be among Grace’s first shows where she presents herself as a woman onstage (dressed “full femme” in transgender parlance). “However fierce our band was in the past, imagine me, six foot two, in heels, [expletive] screaming in someone’s face,” she told Rolling Stone.