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Posted at 11:42 AM ET, 05/29/2012

Against Me! singer formerly known as Tom Gabel plays first show as Laura Jane Grace


Laura Jane Grace in 2008. (Mark Humphrey - AP)
Laura Jane Grace, the lead singer of Against Me! formerly known as Tom Gabel, played her first show since coming out as transgender in a Rolling Stone interview this May.

Grace and her bandmates played Friday in San Diego at the first stop on their month-long tour with British band the Cult, Rolling Stone reported. Among the new songs performed by the punk group was “Transgender Dysphoria Blues,” Rolling Stone noted, the title track of the group’s upcoming album.

The song includes the lyrics, “You want them to see you like they see every other girl.”

Since announcing plans to live as a woman, Grace has received an outpouring of support from fans and members of the punk community. The singer expressed her gratitude on Twitter: “Thank you all so much for the support and love. It's honestly humbling, inspiring and life changing for me.”

According to Rolling Stone, Grace, who is currently taking hormone replacement therapy, was warmly received by the San Diego crowd when she sang the song lyric, “If I could have chosen / I would have been born a woman.”

Watch video from the show, which contains NSFW language, here.

By  |  11:42 AM ET, 05/29/2012

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