Stream Laura Jane Grace’s radio documentary “My Transgender Punk Rock Story”

Yesterday, we posted that Against Me! frontwoman Laura Jane Grace was participating in a radio documentary about living as a trans* person (if you’re wondering about the asterisk, go here).

The program is now available on BBC1 here. It’s streaming for the next six days (or listen to it below).

Against Me’s new album “Transgender Dysphoria Blues” is due out January 21st through Total Treble Music in the States and Xtra Mile Recordings abroad. Click here for pre-order info.


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  1. pears009
    Pears0091/15/2014 4:48 AM | Permalink

    Not to be disingenuous to Tom’s/Laura’s Transgender/Transformation, and come off as a bigot, because in ALL honesty, I AM NOT! I understand as well as I feel/think I can for being a person who does not have an issue with my own personal gender… i have done my research, talked to different people, (from both sexes) who are either in the process of transition, or contemplating coming out as Transgender… I’m initially stating this, because I feel that my “Comment” most likely will induce the response of, “You are a Bigot!”, “You are not educated about Transgender issues”, “How can you be so closed-minded”, “You must be some sort of Religious-Zealot”, etc, etc… So, AGAIN! I am prefacing this “post” with the FACT, that I have/Do have contact with Transgender individuals… i Do have contact/Friends within the Homosexual community… I AM NOT basing my “Take”/”Opinion” on some preconceived notion of, “it is, WRONG… It is NOT the persons/individuals CHOICE when it comes to gender identity and/or Sexual-Attraction, there is some sort of “Moral-Code” that is being “broken” when a person comes out as Transgender and/or Homosexual, etc, etc… I WILL admit, that I HAVE been, in the past somewhat ambivalent to the idea/lifestyle of The Transgender individual… I honestly, think/feel, that I personally have come to an educated conclusion as to the reality of those who struggle with Gender-Identification, and the relatively NEW Scientific discoveries and information that has, and continues to lend/lean towards the conclusion, that those within the Transgender/Homosexual community(s) have various differences in their “Brain-Chemistry” (Different form your Straight Male/Straight Female) which lead those individuals to either be attracted to the same sex, feel as though they have been, “Born in the wrong body/been born the wrong sex”, as well as individuals who may incorporate both feelings… Science is showing us, that their respective Brain-Chemistry is DIFFERENT than say, the Straight Male/Straight Female…

    Taking out the “Moral-Component”… Taking it out COMPLETELY, and analyzing these “feelings” from a merely (again) Scientific Approach/Component, a couple of things must be looked at and taken into account… I don’t know the exact article/Journal that I read, regarding Sexual Identity within the Animal Kingdom/Within the Human Race, but there have been documented cases of Homosexuality within various species… One in particular that stands out, is our closest relative the Hominidae… (gorillas, humans, and orangutans) I’m sure if they could talk/had audible language, that there would also be cases in which there were Hominidae thought/felt as though they had been “born in the wrong body”/”Were Transgender”…

    Again, thinking PURELY Scientifically, there are a couple of points, that I think are very valid to address… The first being that being Homosexual, is “NOT NATURAL” (OKAY, OKAY!!! So, before you become FURIOUS, and make up in your mind, that I am an asshole/bigot, let me explain my reasoning… I AM NOT in ANYWAY, SHAPE or FORM, saying that a person who is Homosexual is less-than, is inferior, is mentally-disturbed, etc, etc… I am NOT saying that there is anything WRONG with these individuals, that their sexual attraction is NOT REAL, WARRANTED, WRONG-MORALLY, that they are INFERIOR, etc, etc… Thinking and approaching Scientifically, there is a NATURAL ORDER of SEXUALITY, REPRODUCTION, The Circle of life, etc… A person who is Homosexual, is JUST as VALID in their respective Sexuality, as the Heterosexual Man/Woman… BUT, there is an “Error” when it comes to the “Brain-Chemistry” … It is not the Natural Order… Just as the Manic-Depressive, The Bipolar, The Down-Syndrome, The person with Diabetes, etc, etc… (AND, AGAIN! I am NOT COMPARING Homosexuality to these various syndromes/issues! I am NOT! I am simply using them for the sake of solidifying/proving, that in Nature, there IS a Natural-Order of Species… A Natural-Order to the way in which Nature works… The “Life-Cycle” WORKS! Again, this lifestyle has/is valid for that individual… They are NOT WRONG say, “Morally”… They are not less of a person, etc, etc… Just as a person with Diabetes, etc… Is NOT less of a person, as well as, has ANY control over whether or not they have Diabetes… BUT, I think we all can agree that Diabetes, is not part of the Natural-Order… It, as well as other abnormalities, are NOT the way in which God/Evolution/A Life Cycle was INTENDED to live… It is an “Abnormality”… (Abnormality, used a purely a description… NOT used in any way, shape or form as derogatory… In FACT, there is NOTHING derogatory. about the term… it is human-beings, who lend/give the term a derogatory “meaning”…

    So, applying the Scientific method/approach/reasoning to Homosexuality, it is NOT normal Human/Animal behavior… Again, removing/taking away the Emotion/Moral/Religious/Feelings/Etc/Etc… AWAY from the approach, it simply IS NOT Scientifically “Correct”… (These individuals are NO less Human than the Heterosexual… They DO NOT need/most likely WILL-NOT respond to forms of “Sexual-Reorientation”/Have most likely NOT “CONSCIOUSLY” made a “choice” to go against the grain”, become Apostate (as many religious circles would possibly deem them), CHOOSE to live in but again, there is a strong argument, that the sexual desire, to be attracted to your own gender is an erroneous “attraction”… Just as other Bio-Chemical, and/or Physical Anomalies/Abnormalities, “flow” against the “Natural-Order” of “Normal” Species development and “Life-Cycle”…

    Transitioning to my/as well as others thoughts on Transgender individuals, one more “point” that I’ll make/state is this… (It is somewhat “Outlandish” and of course would never happen/take place), BUT we can also see/interpret the Homosexual Attraction/Lifestyle as an Erroneous/Abnormality, in that, WHAT if ALL humans suddenly had the change in Brain-Chemistry, where they were all of a sudden Attracted to the SAME-SEX??? What if physical Abnormalities suddenly became, “The Norm”??? IF, 100% of the population was chemically altered so that Bipolar/Manic-Depressive, “Illness” was a part of the “Normal” human Brain-Chemistry??? All of these, (as well as MANY other, “Abnormalities”) would lend-hand to the secession of the Human-Race… Homosexuality is NOT part of the Natural-Order of our Species… It is NOT a step in the Evolutionary Progression/Development of our species, or any species for that matter…

    Transgender… The Transgender Man/Woman has defiantly been dealt a, “Raw-Deal”… I CAN-NOT for the life of me, IMAGINE what it must be like to FEEL/KNOW that ‘YOU’ have been born as the WRONG SEX/Are basically in the “WRONG-BODY”… Everything in YOUR/ONES mind, is telling them that they are Male/Female… A persons thought-process is that of the opposite sex… Ones mind is saying, “I’m male/I’m female! BUT, when they look in the mirror/look down at their naked body, a person (In their mind/their Bio-Chemistry) is saying, “Why do I NOT have a Penis???” / “Why DO I have a Penis??? Why is this PART missing??? Everything in my mind/soul matches up with someone who HAS a Penis, YET I am MISSING this piece of anatomy, that STRONGLY defines/physically defines my SEXUALITY…”

    So, here is my argument… Tom/Laura states in this interview, THAT is DOES-NOT matter what is between his legs/if he has had an operation yet… From a Scientific standpoint, I am stating that this is an erroneous rebuttal to these/this question… The fact of the matter, is that it DOES MATTER whether he/she still has a penis, if he is TRULY intent on becoming a woman… The conclusion/argument, again, is coming form a Scientific-Standpoint… Taking the emotion/”BUT, this is how I FEEL”/”You are NOT accepting me for who I want/choose to be…”/etc/etc… ARGUMENT, SIMPLY DOES NOT stand-up when a person truly takes the emotion out of the Transgender Individual, and looks at it from a purely Biological stand-point… YES! Tom/Laura does/is having “Hormone-Replacement” treatment, in order to “Transition” his body, (chemically Speaking) form a Man to a Woman… BUT! this SIMPLY does not “magically” ale him a “Woman”… (Again, I am not writing/stating this in order to be “bigoted” and/or lessen his/her struggle with living 30+ years in, “the WRONG body/As the WRONG sex”! I get that!!! Honestly, I DO!!! And, in order to NOT take ANYTHING away from Tom/Laura, I feel/think that this MUST be looked at from a scientific standpoint, without the “Emotion/Feelings/Angst/Fear/Possible-Misconceptions/etc/etc”. Basically, EVERYTHING that NATURALLY WOULD and SHOULD go along with someone who is in the Transition process… It most certainly is a time of INTENSE Emotion, Introspection, Stress, Feelings of possible Explanation, etc, etc… BUT, THAT BEING SAID/STATED,… IF! IF! THE purpose of “Transitioning”, is TRULY to become the opposite sex, then the BIOLOGICAL/SCIENTIFIC component, MUST be addressed! It simply CAN NOT be, “Pushed by the wayside/Ignored/etc/etc…”

    I am NOT Transgender. Fortunately, I have KNOWN from a very early age, that my mind/soul, matched up perfectly with my physical MALE body… AGAIN, I CAN-NOT imagine what these individuals go through on a day to day basis… KNOWING that their MINDS/SOULS, do not MATCH their Physical-Bodies… It has to be extremely daunting/frustrating…

    Webster’s Dictionary, CLEARLY defines the definition of a “MALE” as, “One who processes a Penis, and fertilizes the Female egg…” In Opposition, Webster’s Dictionary defines the definition of a “FEMALE” as, “One who processes a Vagina (Female Sexual Organs), and is able to carry young…”

    Just going and looking up the terminology surrounding the “Male/Female” Human-Being, We/One can see that in order to be classified as a “Male”, and vice-vera a “Female” the individual Human-Being processes these VERY distinct individual SEXUAL Organs/Traits…

    Again, I ma Not trying to take ANYTHING AWAY form Tom/Laura. BUT, it is pretty clear… The Male ANATOMY differs quote a bit, form the FAMLE ANATOMY. The DISTINCT CHARACTERIZATION/CLASSIFICATION/DISTINCTION, between WHAT Constitutes/Separates the Male-Homo-Sapiens, from the Female Homo-Sapiens, REALLY puts MUCH weight on those two distinct “SEXUAL-ORGANS”.

    I could ,as well as other Male Human-Beings VERY easily grown my hair long, put on make-up, dress in Women’s clothing, etc, etc… AND then call myself “FEMALE” BUT, is this accurate??? Is this TRUE??? Biologically/Scientifically, it is being disingenuous!

    I’m not trying to take anything away form Tom/Laura! HONEST! I am merely approaching his as well as others, Transgender “Process/Transformation”, form a more Biological/Scientific view-point/approach… I DO honestly believe that He/She is/was a Male, that unfortunately was/is trapped as the WRONG gender! Tom/Laura IS being TURE to themselves, and taking the proper steps in order to Transition into what He/She was meant to be/what their TRUE sexual Identity WAS/IS!!! BUT, in doing so, I think there is a VALID Point/VALID Argument AGAINST Tom’s/Laura’s SAID Statement(s) concerning the fact that, “What lies beneath their legs, is of NO concern/NO business of ANYONE… While, for “PRIVACY” reasons/implications, this might be TRUE, I think in order to be HONEST to ONE”S-SELF, and be considered a TRUE Female ON/IN ALL accounts, that ONES SEXUAL-REPRODUCTIVE-ORGAN(S) MUST be addressed, in order to HONESTLY/REALISTICALLY solidify the individual as either a TURE MALE/FEMALE that HAS TRULY TRANSITIONED…

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