In May 2012, Tommy Gabel made a very important announcement. After living for 31 years as a man, half of that as singer/guitarist for Florida punk band Against Me!, he would be transitioning to life as a woman named Laura Jane Grace.

The story of Grace's lifelong struggle with gender dysphoria was revealed in an intimate Rolling Stone profile, which also explained that Heather Gabel, Grace's wife of five years with whom she had a young daughter, was staying. The immediate public reaction was largely surprised but overwhelmingly supportive.

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