OW MY FINGERTIPS.
And how she’s now going to go by Laura Jane Grace and stay married to her wife Heather. This makes me happy.
I was actually thinking a few weeks ago about how there aren’t really that many LGBT musicians in the punk scene (admittedly, there is the queercore scene, but that is undeniably tiny). There are a bunch of bands that are “pro-gay”, but nothing really goes much further than that (which is why Rise Against’s song Make It Stop was basically going into uncharted territory).
Depending on which sun-genre of punk you’re going into, you’ll find very different situations in terms of both the artists and the audience - ranging from open homophobia in some punk scenes to some rather androgynous band members in others. But overall, the punk scene isn’t exactly the gayest place you could be in. I mean, there’s the stereotype of girls into punk being “butch” or gay, but people tend to assume that most males in the punk scene are just manly as fuck and could never be gay and of course they could never be feminine in any way and definitely aren’t transgender.
And that’s why I’m glad that Laura finally came out after years of dysphoria and confusion. Unlike me, most people who listen to punk don’t find themselves pondering the concepts of LGBT people and punk people in the same context. And now, if they’re in any way interested in the band Against Me!, then they’ll have to.