Against Me! singer Laura Jane Grace’s transgender journey resonates with Grand Rapids community

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.

Read more at MLive.

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About brianjbowe

Brian J. Bowe is a veteran journalist, author, and educator whose work examines the interplay of journalism and culture in multiple settings. Bowe earned his Ph.D. in Michigan State University’s Media and Information Studies program, where he was named the 2013 Outstanding Ph.D. student. His research interests include media framing, the media’s agenda setting function, and news coverage of Muslims. His research has appeared in top-tier journals such as Public Understanding of Science, International Communication Gazette and American Behavioral Scientist. In 2010, he co-produced the award-winning short documentary The Death of an Imam. He also co-authored and served as assistant coordinator of the Social Science Research Council-funded project Migrations of Islam: Muslim-American Culture in the 21st Century. Bowe has written extensively about music. He is the author of Judas Priest: Metal Gods, The Ramones: American Punk Rock Band and The Clash: Punk Rock Band. All three books are part of Enslow Publishers’ Rebels of Rock series of young adult biographies. He is the co-editor of CREEM: America’s Only Rock ’n’ Roll Magazine (Harper/Collins), and has written liner notes for releases by Iggy & the Stooges, the MC5 and Was (Not Was). He served as editor of the online resurrection of CREEM Magazine and has published in regional and national publications such as Harp, Blurt, MLive and the Metro Times.
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