Grace's memoir is titled 'Tranny: Confessions Of Punk Rock’s Most Infamous Anarchist Sellout'

Against Me!‘s Laura Jane Grace has revealed why she hates the word ‘tranny’ whilst promoting her memoir ‘Tranny: Confessions Of Punk Rock’s Most Infamous Anarchist Sellout’.

Grace is widely regarded as the first established rock star to come out as transgender. NME described Against Me!’s 2014 record ‘Transgender Dysphoria Blues,’ as “Grace’s own personal journey with gender dysphoria.”

Speaking on Late Night with Seth Myers, Grace said; “I hate that word. I definitely don’t identify with that word. I don’t like hearing it used for other people. It’s almost mentally taxing to look at my book in ways but [tranny] captures a lot of what the book is about.”

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She continued; “A lot of what the book is about is internalised transphobia and self-hate and that’s an experience that I had and that I went through so it’s apt title for the book. There’s a certain amount of reclamation with that.”

Released on November 15th via Hatchette Books, the memoir was written with the help of music writer Dan Ozzi with cover art created by New York graphic artist Christopher Norris / Steak Mtn.

Last year, Against Me! won the ‘Outstanding Music Artist’ award at the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation Awards.

Writing on Instagram after receiving the award, Grace commented: My band won an award tonight at the @glaad awards show and I’ve never won an award for anything. I didn’t get a chance to speak when accepting the award but if I did I would have said that I feel strange accepting an award for art because that’s not what art is about.

She continued, “While I understand the sentiment and am appreciative of it that really I WANT to thank YOU, YOU out there whoever YOU are being visible and living your life and not taking shit from anyone, letting it roll off your shoulders and carrying on day after day after day and that no voice is more important than another but that maybe together if we all speak loud enough we can create something that is truly important, change. Thank YOU!”