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Tom Gabel to change sex

Tom Gabel, the married lead singer of punk rock band Against Me!, is to become a woman and change his name to Laura.

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Tom Gabel, the married lead singer of punk rock band Against Me!, is to become a woman.

The 31-year-old, whose new name will be Laura Jane Grace, tells Rolling Stone magazine's June issue that as a child he felt disconnected from his body and has a condition called gender dysphoria.

He says he plans to take hormones, undergo electrolysis and is also considering gender reassignment surgery.

Tom Gabel ... considering gender reassignment.

Tom Gabel ... considering gender reassignment. Photo: Getty Images

"Growing up, my experience with transsexualism was nothing but shame," he says.

Gabel says he is not attracted to men and will still be married to his wife Heather. They have a two-year-old daughter.

He told Rolling Stone: "For me, the most terrifying thing about this was how she would accept the news. But she's been super-amazing and understanding."

This is the first time a major rock star has come out as transgender, the singer made a point of speaking openly about it. "I'm going to have embarrassing moments," says Gabel, "and that won't be fun. But that's part of what talking to you is about – is hoping people will understand, and hoping they'll be fairly kind."

Against Me! is best known for the song Thrash Unreal. The group will go on tour with The Cult later this month.

The June issue of Rolling Stone hits US news stands on Friday.

PA