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Laura Jane Grace and Reclaiming Slurs

Against Me! frontwoman Laura Jane Grace recently announced that her memoir will be released in November under the title Tranny: Confessions of Punk Rock’s Most Infamous Anarchist Sellout. As soon as she posted the announcement, Twitter blew up with opinions about this use of a slur that is frequently directed at transgender women. Many fellow transgender folk argue that using such a loaded word in the title of a highly publicized book only creates a situation where cisgender people feel they can use it without consequence. Others support Laura Jane Grace in reclaiming a word that has hurt her. Grace herself has implored her critics to wait until they’ve read the book before judging her usage of the word, saying that it’s a word she hates and the decision to use it in the title of her book was not taken lightly.

Before I continue, I’d like to say that I’ve been lucky enough, so far anyway, that this particular slur has not been directed at me. I came out as genderqueer very very recently, and I present just femme enough that most people I encounter tend to assume I’m just an androgynous looking cis woman. So while it hurts a lot that my gender identity is completely ignored in a mainstream context, at least I don’t have people screaming the T word at me as I walk down the street.
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Live Review: Laura Jane Grace and the Devouring Mothers at the Sinclair in Boston

When I got to the Sinclair on Wednesday night, I wasn’t entirely sure what to expect. I’d never been to the venue before (there’ve been a variety of reasons why I ended up missing every show I’ve wanted to go to there), and I had no idea what Laura Jane Grace’s new project was about. I’ve seen Against Me! a handful of times since I discovered them as a baby punk in 2010, but they’ve all been full band shows. I’d never seen Laura do a solo performance, and any Google searches for her new band, The Devouring Mothers, came up empty. To top it all off, I hadn’t yet checked out the support act, David Dondero. My only real expectation for the show was that Laura would be amazing, and she certainly did not disappoint.  Continue reading Live Review: Laura Jane Grace and the Devouring Mothers at the Sinclair in Boston