Tommy Gabel had been anticipating this moment for a long time. Friday night, the formerly male singer/guitarist made her debut as Laura Jane Grace at Humphreys By The Bay, an outdoor concert venue in San Diego. This marks the singer’s first performance since declaring herself transgender. The topic of transgenders became hotly debated in the days following Gabel’s announcement two weeks ago.
The show was the first stop on their tour opening for alt-rock legends, The Cult. The band’s 40 minute set included “Transgender Dysphoria Blues,” the title track of their upcoming album.
In an interview with Rolling Stone, Grace joked “I was worried that some people expected me to come out looking like Little Bo Peep or something.” The singer is two weeks into hormone replacement which is designed to slowly move body mass, thus changing Grace’s physical appearance over time.
Clothed in loosely fitted tank and standard punk-issued tight black jeans, Grace Grace led the band with hits like “I Was A Teenage Anarchist” as well as new tracks like “Osama bin Laden as the Crucified Christ,” “Dead Friend,” “True Trans Soul Rebel,” “Drinking with the Jocks” and “Black Me Out.”
During their performance of “The Ocean,” a song penned about the singer’s inner desire to be a woman, “If I could have chosen, I would have been born a woman,” fans applauded and sang along, showing their support for Grace.
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-Jay Tilles, CBS Local