“You know, sexism in the punk scene — or just in rock and roll in general — is so easily demonstrated by the amount of women or queer people that you see on stage versus the amount of cis males that you see on stage. And if you have a female drummer or guitar player or whatever, and they get onstage and they shred, the response you’ll see them get is, ‘Oh wow, you can play pretty good for a girl.’ Or even the classic cliché of the dude handing off his leather jacket to his girlfriend so he can go kick ass in the mosh pit.”
- Laura Jane Grace
Laura Jane Grace is the frontwoman of the Florida punk rock band Against Me! In 2012, after the band had released five studio albums, Laura came out publically as a transgender woman via The Rolling Stone Magazine, and begun her transition, taking her maternal grandmother’s name, the name her mother would have given her had she been assigned female at birth.
Since then Laura has been very vocal about transgender rights, in 2014 her band released their sixth album, titled Transgender Dysphoria Blues which dealt almost explicitly with themes of gender, trans issues, and transition. The same year she also had a short docu-series with AOL titled True Trans with Laura Jane Grace where she talks with other transgender people while on tour with her band.
In 2016 when many artists and bands cancelled shows in North Carolina to protest the state’s transphobic bathroom bill HB2, Against Me! was one of the bands who opted to instead donate their shows proceeds to LGBTQ+ organizations. While on stage in NC, Laura took a stand against the bill by burning her birth certificate and saying goodbye to gender.
Laura Jane Grace is loud and proud of who she is and has no time for anyone’s transphobia or misogyny. She also makes some damn good music.