LOS ANGELES, CA - SEPTEMBER 02: Laura Jane Grace (L) and Jay Weinberg of Against Me! perform at FYF Fest 2012 day 2 at Los Angeles State Historic Park on September 2, 2012 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Noel Vasquez/Getty Images) Laura Jane Grace performing in Los Angeles, California. (Noel Vasquez/Getty Images)


“Face your fears, I say, but choose the right skirt to do it in.”


Laura Jane Grace, formerly known as Tom Gabel, in a Cosmopolitan essay about transitioning from a man to a woman last year while performing as lead singer of punk-rock band Against Me! Grace writes about that crucial milestone: First concert in a skirt. “It was black and leather and fit me great. I was worried about playing in it, unsure if it would affect the way I moved. . . but it didn’t matter. I was breaking new ground.”

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