Heather Gabel attacks magazine for their handling of transgender issues
The former wife of Against Me! frontwoman Laura Jane Grace has hit out at Rolling Stone Magazine for mishandling and ‘misgendering’ her in an article, as well as publishing an uncensored photo of the singer topless.
Artist Heather Hannoura split from Grace in 2013, but not for reasons relating to the singer identifying as transgender and becoming known as a woman.
Hannoura has now taken to Facebook to criticise Rolling Stone for a recent interview about their relationship, and publishing a topless photo of the star in a bath.
Hannoura claims that Rolling Stone ‘botched’ the interview, and that her ‘biggest problem with this piece is the gross misrepresentation of LJ’s gender identity’.
“Rolling Stone has never published a photograph of a non trans women’s nipples uncensored before, which, to me, reads as them making arbitrary distinctions between trans and non trans women, which is fucked up,” she wrote. “Everyone’s tits should be legal. In my opinion, this is not a subversive decision aimed at giving censorship the middle finger, it’s a blatant example of misgendering, of gender inequality, and a general slap in the face to anyone who expects to have their gender identity respected.”
She continued: “ANYWAYS, I wrote to Rolling Stone after the piece came out but (surprise) they haven’t replied so I’m posting the letter I sent them here in the hopes that it opens a couple of eyes to the tired, biased, conservative, one sided “journalism” they are perpetuating. Oh, and I fixed the photo too. Believe me, I want everyone’s tits out, I am in no way supporting the idea that censorship of women’s nipples is ok at all, but since Rolling Stone censors women’s nipples the photo should have looked a little more like this.”
See Hannoura’s censored version of the photo below:
Laura Jane Grace publicly came out as a transgender woman in 2012, after dealing with gender dysphoria her entire life.
She is yet to respond to the Rolling Stone article.
Grace made headlines earlier this year for slamming North Carolina’s LGBT laws as ‘total, bigoted discrimination’. She also burned her birth certificate while playing a gig there yelling “goodbye gender.”