Tom Gabel in 2010, before the transition.
Many on Twitter responded to the news of Gabel’s transition with respect and praise. A sampling:
Tom Gabel is probably going to be a prettier woman than I’ll ever be. #AgainstMe— Alysia Marciano
Fair play to Tom Gabel, it takes some bollocks to give them away.— Thomas jenkins
having the courage to be who u are is beautiful: Tom Gabel of Against Me! Comes Out as Transgender: http://t.co/Xf0xAprO (via @rollingstone)— Marie Sciangula
Tom Gabel is cooler than North Carolina— Mim Jargle
Best comment about the frontman of Against Me! announcing that he’s trans: “Tom Gabel will be the fucking man, no matter what gender he is”— MacKenzie Fegan
Support a great artist in a journey to herself >>Tom Gabel of Against Me! Comes Out as Transgender http://t.co/TMcGinhr via @rollingstone— Lauren Ann.
So incredibly brave. RT Tom Gabel of Against Me! Comes Out as Transgender http://t.co/sZFhSjJS via @rollingstone— Tegan and Sara
Against Me!’s Tom Gabel is ending his gender dysphoria and officially transitioning. This is a wicked and hopeful day! http://t.co/ZXwvU1YZ— Jennifer Boshan
Tom Gabel has more guts than me, that’s for sure. My mind was blown. #againstme #news http://t.co/oZ3X9BCV— Geoffrey Higgins
Tom Gabel, not sure what to think but in the end it shouldn’t matter what i think.— corey
Tom Gabel is a fucking champion. That is a brave move. I wish him every success and happiness in his new life as Laura. #DoWhatMakesYouHappy— Carly Kawaii
Me: Tom Gabel is trans, eh? Dad: So? Me: Just telling you, I guess people are angry. Dad: They’re cocksuckers.— Ms. Chanandler Bong
Important thing is not that Tom Gabel is trans, but that she feels she can transition and talk about it in such a prominent public position.— Elaine
Shout out to Tom Gabel. Good luck with everything man. You’re gonna be one badass lady.— Breh
Wow, really surprised about the Tom Gabel news this morning. Kudos for having the courage, and I wish you luck! #AgainstMe— Michelle
Tom Gabel of Against Me! has shown inspiring courage to come out as transgender. Best of luck to Laura Jane Grace. http://t.co/6HA3QJPN— Alex Carter
I appreciate Tom Gabel’s willingness to share such a personal journey http://t.co/p8nu8qpB #lgbt #againstme— Teen Halpin
Much love and respect for Tom Gabel. Not an easy thing to do at all. All The best to Against Me! we hope they keep making music!— Bombing Neverland
LOVE that one of my fav bands is trending, and its all support for Tom Gabel. Proud to have made him one of my idols for so long.— Amber
I don’t really care that Tom gabel is now a women. I think it’s cool.— billy
Wow. Tom Gabel from Against Me! coming out as transgender, staying married to her wife. Respect.— Tim Quirk
I support Tom Gabel (or Laura I guess), really unexpected, but Against Me! still rocks.— Emmitch Smith
Anyone in the punk community who shuns Tom Gabel is a poser. We’re about acceptance and being who you are instead of conforming. #GetAClue— Laura Keeney
Tom Gabel, you’re fucking awesome and I love you.— Rick Geerling
Wow, congrats to Tom Gabel of Against Me! for finally coming to terms with his gender, converting to being full woman. Still rocks hard.— Jett Wells
Holy wow. What a brave move for Tom Gabel in the music biz. Especially for the audience Against Me! attracts. I’m so elated about the news!— Parker
Tom Gabel was such a good looking guy, but she’ll be even better looking as a woman now, good on her. Congrats on being so strong #inspiring— Beatrice Martin
So brave: Lead singer in one of my fav bands in high school (Against Me!) has come out as transgender: http://t.co/HtXuzmKC— Kailani K-M
We are so proud of one of our fave #punk rockers coming out as transgender & speaking up http://t.co/e59NxEYz #CanQueer thanks Tom!— AIDS New Brunswick
No pun intended, but it takes a giant pair of nads for Against Me’s Tom Gabel to come out with this news… http://t.co/LMFL6EEZ— Goodman-Channel 93.3
Fantastic news about Tom Gabel. Good on you, lady! It’ll be interesting to see how this affects Against Me’s new material.— Billy Lunn
Tom Gabel of Against Me has come out as a transgender. This is unprecedented in music and it makes me even more proud of my A.M. tattoo.— JC Charles
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