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Against Me! lead singer buoyed by trans fans' support

Laura Jane Grace says more transgender fans come to her gigs since she came out earlier this year
Laura Jane Grace says more transgender fans come to her gigs since she came out earlier this year

The lead singer of US punk band Against Me! says she is 'encouraged' by her fans' support after she came out as transgender earlier this year.

The singer was greeted with cheers from fans in San Diego in May 2012 when she performed as Laura Jane Grace for the first time since telling the world she was transgender.

In an interview with MTV's House of Style, she said: 'After you come out and after you start talking about it, you feel stupid for how long you haven't dealt with the issue, because people have been so overwhelmingly supportive.

'The amount of trans girls or trans guys that come out to our shows now and always stick around to say like hi afterward. It's encouraging.'

Grace has previously said she will remain married to her wife Heather and remain a parent to their two-year-old daughter.

She added that she has identified with Madonna since childhood, both as a performer and a woman.


'I guess I kind of made the decision to transition starting like two or three years ago but it was something that really look a lot of building up to put into motion,' she explained.


'There's so many moments in life where you feel guilt and you feel shame and all that but you get to the point where you realize things aren't going to change. So I just thought the best thing to do as a parent, also as an artist, is to try and embrace the truth that you feel inside of yourself.'

While Grace is the first rock musician to come out as transgender, other artists have had gender reassignment surgery and gone on to success.

In 1968, Wendy Carlos hit platinum sales status and won three Grammy Awards with Switched-On Bach. More recently, Israeli singer Dana International won the Eurovision Song Contest in 1995.

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