Tom Gabel, lead singer of the punk rock group Against Me!, has decided to accept her gender identity and begin living life as a woman named Laura Jane Grace.
"For me, the most terrifying thing about this was how she [her wife Heather] would accept the news," Gabel told the publication. "But she's been super-amazing and understanding." The two plan to stay married.
To longtime followers of the band, the news might come as less of a surprise, having memorized the lyrics to 2007's "The Ocean," in which the singer belts "If I could have chosen, I would have been born a woman / My mother once told me she would have named me Laura / I would grow up to be strong and beautiful like her."
Though Rolling Stone asserts that "this is the first time a major rock star has come out as transgender," industrial music fans will undoubtedly be familiar with Genesis P-Orridge, front woman of the legendary Throbbing Gristle, who was born Neil Andrew Megson.
Gabel's full interview hits stands this Friday.
[photo via AP]