Alt In Our Stars Podcast: Against Me!'s Laura Jane Grace Explores Love as Openly Trans on New Album & Memoir
When Against Me! rolled out its last album, leader Laura Jane Grace was just introducing herself as a trans person. Now, two years after Transgender Dysphoria Blues, Grace is starting to settle into her newfound role as an inspirational public figure -- even as her own reality evolves.
“I wanna be a shape shifter,” she tells Billboard. “I don’t feel like I have the same form physically I had years ago.” Shape Shift With Me is, in fact, the name of Against Me’s latest album, out Friday (Sept. 16). Change is inevitable; with that aside, Laura Jane wanted to impart her own experiences onto the new record.
“I was freshly out of a marriage and approaching dating for the first time as an [openly] trans person,” she explains on the latest episode of Billboard’s Alt In Our Stars Podcast. “You turn on the radio and most pop music is a guy or a girl singing about falling in love with someone, having their heart broken by somebody or wanting to fuck somebody. That should be valid from a trans perspective as well.”
The new album isn’t the only big project she's sharing with the world this fall. On Nov. 15, Laura Jane Grace's autobiography (written with Dan Ozzi) Tranny: Confessions of Punk Rock's Most Infamous Anarchist Sellout will hit shelves. She also gives a preview of the book; this means a lifelong story of what it means to be trans, in addition to what it means to be called a -- gasp -- sellout. This includes the meaning of Against Me!'s “Thrash Unreal,” the first person she came out to and why angry punks have been slashing the tires of the band's touring vehicles over the years.
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