Against Me!’s Laura Jane Grace Sets Birth Certificate On Fire During A Gig
Alright, we’re just gonna go ahead and say it: Laura Jane Grace is the fucking best. She’s a strong and inspiring role model for women and LGBTQ+ people in alternative music, an icon in the political punk scene, and just a damn great musician – also, she doesn’t take shit from deluded political fuckwits.
Back in March, the meth-minded politicians of North Carolina signed the controversial HB2 law, or Public Facilities Privacy and Security Act. For those yet to cringe at its sheer stupidity, the HB2 law prevents transgender people from using the restrooms that correspond with their gender, instead forcing them to use the one matching their biological sex.
Most of the braindead slugs that supported the bill did so out of misguided outrage, usually making some unfounded comment along the lines of, “We don’t want men in public bathrooms with our daughters!” – failing to realise that transgender women are not men, and are, in fact, women… And that the law essentially forces transgender men to use the women’s restroom with their daughters. 404, transphobe logic not found.
Nevertheless, most artists with proper blood flow to their brains have made their disagreement clear – Bruce Springsteen, Ringo Starr, and Pearl Jam are among some of those that have cancelled shows in NC out of protest, while others, such as Father John Misty and Against Me!, went ahead with their shows and donated profits to LGBTQ+ charities.
Grace – who fronts the lattermost of which – used her time onstage to give one particularly beautiful “fuck you” to the lawmakers in question, excitedly setting a copy of her birth certificate on fire while proclaiming, “Goodbye, gender!”
Earlier in the year, Grace was encouraged by fans to cancel Against Me!’s performance at the Motorco Music Hall in Durham. In true Laura Jane Grace style, though, she refused, tweeting: “Hell no! … I’m even more eager to play North Carolina ’cause of the bill! Let me know if there’s any activist groups that can come table the show.”
“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,” Grace told Buzzfeed back in April. “They are not going to go away.”
Check out a short clip of Laura Jane Grace setting fire to gender below!
— Kathryn Wymer (@kwymer6) May 16, 2016