Post submitted by Eric Cameron, HRC Digital Media Specialist
In a new feature, transgender punk rocker Laura Jane Grace – lead singer and guitarist of Against Me! – discusses the fears that kept her from expressing her true gender identity and the joys and support that have come with her first year living openly as a woman.
On coming out to her wife Heather:
I buried my head into her chest and explained that this was something I'd been struggling with all my life. I wasn't sure how Heather would take it. She said something like ‘That's all you were going to tell me?’ … She told me at that moment—and kept telling me—that she wasn't going anywhere.
On her first performance in a skirt:
Accomplishing small goals when transitioning has a cumulative effect. The confidence you gain from reaching one carries you to the next. Face your fears, I say, but choose the right skirt to do it in.
On worrying about how others perceive you:
That's the lesson that I want to impart to my daughter: It doesn't matter what people think of you—you have to be true to yourself.
Image via Wikimedia Commons / Lestat