Laura Jane Grace made a poignant punk rock protest at a show in North Carolina. She came out as transgender in 2012 and it did not stop her from being the voice of ‘Against me’ band and the voice of the whole trans community.
The band played a show in North Carolina this week despite the state’s anti-trans ‘bathroom’ law, with Grace explaining the concert would be a “form of protest” against the new bill. She had said in advance: “I’m going to create an event around the show as a form of protest to say that despite whatever stupid laws they enact, trans people are not going to be scared. When you feel targeted as a trans person, the natural inclination is to go into hiding. But visibility is more important than ever; to go there and have the platform of a stage to stand on and speak your mind and represent yourself.”
She didn’t disappoint at her show in Durham, North Carolina – burning her own ‘male’ birth certificate live on stage in front of the crowd as a protest. The singer explained: “The way you affect change is by empowering the grassroots movement, by empowering the people.”