Transgender singer torches birth certificate onstage to protest NC law


Rather than boycott shows in North Carolina, Against Me! singer Laura Jane Grace turned her latest concert into “a form of protest.” To kick off the show, Grace pulled out her birth certificate, sparked her lighter and torched it.

“Goodbye, gender,” she said.

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Born Thomas James Gabel, Grace is one of the targets of North Carolina’s House Bill 2, which “prohibits transgender people from using bathrooms and locker rooms that do not match the ‘biological sex’ listed on their birth certificate” (via Pitchfork).

The room erupted into a fury of cheers as Grace and her band Against Me!, sang out their battle cry, “We’re ready for a revolution,” in protest of North Carolina’s House Bill 2 that requires transgender people to use the bathroom that corresponds with the assigned gender on their birth certificate.

“The way you affect change is by empowering the grassroots movement,” Grace told the crowd, “By empowering the people.”

Against Me!’s founder and lead singer, Grace, came out as transgender in 2012 and two years later the band’s album, “Transgender Dysphoria Blues,” tackled the inherent struggles of coming to terms with one’s gender identity, particularly while in the public eye. The 35-year-old Grace, a prominent figure in the punk rock scene before her transition, has since become a champion of transgender people’s stories. (via The Washington Post)

Grace played her first show as a woman in 2012. “I was worried some people expected me to come out looking like Little Bo Peep or something,” she said at the time.

Check out Grace performing an acoustic version of True Trans Soul Rebel:

One comment to “Transgender singer torches birth certificate onstage to protest NC law”
  1. I really respect Laura Jane Grace for doing this. I’m really glad a lot of people are giving NC hell for doing all this stupid shit.

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