Against Me! Singer's First Year as a Woman

(Radio.com) In May of 2012, Tom Gabel, lead singer of punk band Against Me!, shocked the music world by announcing that he was transgender and had started the process of becoming a woman, taking the name Laura Jane Grace.

One year later, and Grace has now opened up to woman's magazine Cosmopolitan for a first-person account of the experience aptly titled, "My First Year as a Woman."

What follows is a revealing and intimate profile, opening with the story of how Gabel first saw Madonna on TV at age 5 and wanted to be just like her when he grew up, even though he was a boy.

"I was always attracted to women. It was never a sexuality issue," Grace said of her high school experience as a guy. "I just knew that if I could make a wish to change into a woman myself, I would have made it 100 times every day. It became so stressful that I'd reach these points where I'd throw all my women's clothes in a dumpster and swear, 'Never again will I do this!'"

The piece goes on to detail how the singer first came out to his wife Heather, hormone therapy and the difficulty of explaining it all to his toddler-aged daughter, Evelyn, who still refers to him as "daddy." Grace even details her first experience wearing a skirt in public, and how empowering it was. more on this story

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