Against Me!‘s Laura Jane Grace is pretty personally invested in North Carolina’s controversial HB2. The bill forces trans people into the wrong bathroom and stops a city from being able to protect LGBTQ employees.
But it’s that first part of the law that matters so much to Grace.
“Goodbye gender” the singer says as she lets the flaming document float into the air:
Grace has been the voice of Against Me!, the Gainsville, FL based punk band since 1997. They gained prominence after the 2003 releases of Against Me! as the Eternal Cowboy on Fat Cat Wreckers along side other Warped Tour stars like NOFX and Strike Anywhere. The band often used their lyrics to call out religious and conservative extremism.
Grace, born Thomas James Gabel, transitioned in 2012 after dealing with gender dysphoria for years. She became an advocate for transgender rights shortly after and, with the release of Against Me!’s Transgender Dysphoria Blues in 2014, used raw lyrics to expose the issues faced by a trans person.
About two months from a Richmond Federal Court hearing, a new Associated Press report shows North Carolina’s HB2, which forces trans people into the wrong bathroom and a limits city’s ability to add LGBTQ protections, could cost the Tar-heel State almost $4 billion over the next 12 years. The report, published in the Charlotte Observer, [...]