Women in Music 2016
Against Me!'s Laura Jane Grace to Release Memoir 'Tranny' Later This Year
Against Me! leader, star of a web series, inspiration to many -- Laura Jane Grace can now add published author to her resumé. She’s been journaling and writing song lyrics for ages, but today (March 21) she announced her autobiography will hit shelves later this year.
It’s called Tranny: Confessions of Punk Rock’s Most Infamous Anarchist Sellout, and it’s due Nov. 15 via Hachette. It was written alongside Noisey editor Dan Ozzi and features artwork from Christopher Norris.
Laura Jane shared the cover art over Twitter:
Now when I'm walking down the street with my kid and someone yells "Tranny!" I'll just tell her "They read my book!" pic.twitter.com/UXAc0ifUpN— Laura Jane Grace (@LauraJaneGrace) March 21, 2016
Hours later, she followed up by tweeting, “Remember, never judge a book by its cover” and then, “I just want to make it 100% clear that my book is in no way what-so-ever about self glorification or hero-worship... Any trans person who has written a book in effort to elevate themselves onto a pedestal, well I want my book to be the anti-that."
Laura Jane has been working on the memoir for some time. Check out this old tweet from May 2014 (hey, it’s Twitter’s 10th birthday after all):
I just finished typing out a 220,260 word long manuscript that will eventually become my book. Time for editing.— Laura Jane Grace (@LauraJaneGrace) May 11, 2014
Laura Jane Grace came out as transgender in a May 2012 interview with Rolling Stone. Since then, Against Me! released the critically-acclaimed 2014 album Transgender Dysphoria Blues and Grace became an indispensable voice in the trans community. The book figures to share much of the life journey that was previously only known to Laura Jane herself.
It's up for pre-order here. In the meantime, here's to hoping for new Against Me! music...