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Laura Jane Grace - Bob Dylan Dream (Live)

I dreamed Bob Dylan was a friend of mine…

tbh to have a trans women like laura jane grace in the mainstream like she is. a trans woman who’s angry and annoyed and fucking loud. someone who shows its okay for trans women to take up space and that our anger is valid. thats just so fucking important. i hope she knows what shes doing for trans kids everywhere. 

OUT100: Laura Jane Grace
Singer-songwriter

In a year when transgender visibility came into sharp focus, Laura Jane Grace emerged as a brazen, incendiary messiah. After coming out as a trans woman in a 2012 interview with Rolling Stone, the Against Me! singer channeled the fear and fury of her tumultuous journey on the Florida punk band’s latest album, Transgender Dysphoria Blues.

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Photography by JUCO

To celebrate Trans Day of Visibility I’m sharing one of the best moments of my entire life. Laura Jane Grace was doing a signing in my hometown and taking pictures with people. I THOUGHT I WAS GOING TO PISS MYSELF AND DIE I was so excited. I almost didn’t get out of the car, I was so nervous about seeing her. I’d gotten on stage with her at a concert before but this was going to be so up-close and personal! Finally, after a nerve wracking wait in line, I got up there. My dad and I got our albums signed and I took a picture with the whole band…then when I asked for a picture with just Laura she asked me if I wanted to hardstyle. I said I didn’t know what that was (terrified I was disappointing the goddess of punk) and she said “You don’t know about hardstyling? We have to do it!” SHE JUST SMILED AND TOOK A PICTURE WITH EVERYONE ELSE. But for me she went to the other side of the table and had people clear a space for us. She told me “No smiling, when you hardstyle you have to look tough.” Just after the picture was taken she looked over at me and said “Woah, you really do look tough.” (I WAS DYING THE WHOLE TIME.) This picture captures a moment of absolute perfection in my life. And on top of getting to have a unique and incredible interaction with my hero, that day was a guy day, and as you can see from the picture I WAS ROCKING IT. How is my chest so flat in this picture? How? Did the transgender angels come down from the heavens on that day and bless me with trans perfection? I think so!

Happy Trans Visibility everyone!