May 9th, 2012
04:54 PM ET
In an interview with Rolling Stone, Against Me! singer Tom Gabel speaks out on being transgender, and shares her plans to transition from a man to a woman.
The punk rocker has been privately struggling with gender dysphoria, and will soon start taking hormones and receiving electrolysis treatments, Rolling Stone reports.
Gabel is the highest profile musician to ever come out as transgender, although not the first overall, as MTV notes, and she tells Rolling Stone that's precisely the reason she's publicly sharing her story.
Prior to talking to Rolling Stone, Gabel had only revealed her plans to transition to "a handful" of family members and friends.
"I'm going to have embarrassing moments," Gabel tells Rolling Stone in an issue that arrives on newsstands Friday. "And that won't be fun. But that's part of what talking to you is about - is hoping people will understand, and hoping they'll be fairly kind."
The scariest part of the process, Gabel says, was anticipating how her wife Heather would react. "But she's been super-amazing and understanding," the musician, who plans to eventually take the name Laura Jane Grace, tells the mag.
The couple, who have a young daughter, intend to stay married.
A rep for the band tells CNN that Gabel isn't issuing a statement at this time.
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