I wasn’t very familiar with the band Against Me!, but they’re making news right now, as the lead singer of the punk band, Tom Gabel, has come out as transgender:

Against Me! singer Tom Gabel reveals plans to begin living as a woman in the new issue of Rolling Stone. Gabel, who has dealt privately with gender dysphoria for years, will soon begin the process of transition, by taking hormones and undergoing electrolysis treatments.

Gabel will eventually take the name Laura Jane Grace, and will remain married to her wife Heather. “For me, the most terrifying thing about this was how she would accept the news,” says Gabel. “But she’s been super-amazing and understanding.”

That’s awesome to hear, and it’s also pretty awesome of her to tell her story so boldly. For people who think that transgender folks are some mysterious “other,” and for people privately dealing with gender dysphoria, Gabel’s story could prove to be inspirational.

[photo by Cass Bird]