Laura Jane Grace Does A Lot More Than Burn Her Birth Certificate
  • MONDAY, MAY 16, 2016

  • Posted by: Evan Jake Goldstein

While many artists like Bruce Springsteen and Ringo Starr have decided to protest North Carolina's *cough*BULLSHIT*cough* House Bill 2 by cancelling North Carolina performances, Against Me! singer Laura Jane Grace (transgender woman and possessor of three first names) took a different approach. Against Me! went out of their way to play a show in North Carolina as a form of protest, stating that "visibility is more important than ever." Their idea is simple, as opposed to running and hiding as trans individuals have been forced to do for years, it's better to "go there and have the platform of a stage to stand on and speak your mind and represent yourself."



House Bill 2 (a.k.a. the "Public Facilities Privacy & Security Act") prohibits transgender people from using bathrooms that do not match the "biological sex" listed on their birth certificate. Naturally, Laura came up with the perfect response. If Against Me!'s decision to not cancel their North Carolina show wasn't already a massive sign of strength and resistance, Laura boldly burned her birth certificate onstage, waving and smiling while proclaiming, "Goodbye gender!" I think it goes without saying that nobody can question Laura's punk credibility ever again. If you are interested in joining Laura on her mission to fight the harm that traditional gender ideology often inflicts, visit Genderisover.com (which, by the way, was started by former Baeble Intern Nina Mashurova), where they sell apparel and raise funds for organizations that work to help the trans and non-binary community. We commend you Laura, as a inspirational and powerful voice in the trans community and a purveyor of kick ass jams.
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