Growing up, punk rocker Laura Jane Grace always felt conflicted about gender. She tells Fresh Air’s Terry Gross that she felt like two “twin souls” were warring inside of her, fighting for control. “I thought that I was quite possibly schizophrenic,” she says.
It wasn’t until Grace was 19 that she heard the term “transgender” and had a context for what she was feeling. In 2012, at the age of 31, she transitioned from male to female.
Grace, who is the founder of the band Against Me!, writes about the transition and how it affected her wife and daughter, as well as her stage persona, in the new memoir Tranny.
Overall, she says, the transition put her “more in touch” with herself: “It just, like, overall, all-around, made me a more real, more there, present and comfortable-with-myself person. It broke down a wall.”
“True Trans Soul Rebel” by Against Me! as I see it because of synesthesia, a condition that causes me to see music visually.
I painted this today for International Women’s Day, as their lead singer, Laura Jane Grace, is one of the biggest inspirations in my life. One of the most kick-ass ladies punk has ever seen, and an activist for the trans community, she is a strong, amazing human being, and I absolutely adore her!