I Still Love Against Me! Always Will.

This post is a little different than normal, it has nothing to do with living in The Netherlands, but does have something to do with my life and loves. 

Today, I found out that the lead singer's of one of my favorite bands has gender dysphoria. Even though the news broke in March, I have been living a separate life from cultural news since moving to The Netherlands. For those of you who don't know, gender dysphoria means that a person does not feel like they belong in the body/gender they were born into. 

I have been a fan of Against Me! Since I was 18, I can accurately remember the first time I heard one of their songs, Caviler Eternal, it was on a University camping trip/ protest for off shore drilling. It was also my first time ever streaking. I have fond memories. I have seen the band 7 times and I really enjoyed Tom Gabel's solo album. Yes, I do like their earlier stuff better than Trash Unreal, but it is not as bad as everyone who has been a fan for a long time claims. 

Last night, the band had their first show with their new front women, Laura Jane Grace. She is currently undergoing hormone treatments. Tom was married to a women and Heather her wife has been very supportive and is sticking by. As a fan, it makes me so incredibly proud that the band is sticking by their lead singer during what has to be a difficult process. 

It will be interesting to see where the band goes musically. I can't wait to see them live again. Come to Europe!