Trans musician Laura Jane Grace got boost during transition from idol Joan Jett

JoanJettlaurajanegrace300xTHE GUERRILLA ANGEL REPORT — During the difficult days of rock group Against Me!’s lead singer’s transition, Laura Jane Grace received a strong boost from rocker Joan Jett.

Laura Jane Grace writes for Cosmopolitan: “One of the first people I received a letter of support from after coming out was Joan Jett, who I knew a little from doing the Warped Tour together in 2006. Joan is a hero of mine and a rock-and-roll pioneer. When she started out, the rock scene was predominantly male. She defied gender stereotypes all on her own. My daughter, Evelyn, is also a huge Joan Jett fan. She asks for Joan’s records to be played and adores her Joan Jett Barbie doll. Against Me! went through New York City on tour with The Cult in June, and I asked Joan if she’d sing a song with us. She and her band had covered The Replacements’ “Androgynous” onstage, and The Replacements are one of my all-time favorite bands. Joan was into the idea! Singing together onstage, I felt so confident and grateful for her support. Back on the tour bus after the show, I watched, astonished, as Joan Jett leaned down and tucked an excited Evelyn, who was supposed to be asleep, into bed.”

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For those of you who were wondering, Joan Jett is an ally of trans people and an idol of mine.

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6 replies

  1. joan jett is awesome. she plays to her audiencs. my wife and daighter got noticed at a fairground performance and she sang to them, eye contact and reached out and touched hands. she plays big venues and plays the small ones to be closer to the fans.
    helping laura jane grace just proves she is a goddess.

  2. I’ve been a fan of Joan since she started playing with the Blackhearts in 1981. My first public appearance as a woman ever was at one of her shows, mainly because I knew her shows were trans-friendly safe spaces. This just underscores what I’ve known for a long time, that she’s not only an amazing musician, but an amazing person as well.

  3. Joan Jett has once again proven that she Rocks big time!

  4. Every single dollar of my queer & trans money spent on a Joan Jett album apparently went to the right place. So much love for JJ and Laura Jane Grace alike…

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