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Against Me!'s Trans Frontwoman Laura Jane Grace Explains Why She Went Through With Her North Carolina Concert

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This is Laura Jane Great!

Against Me! is one of the most popular bands in punk rock, and they just so happen to have a transgender woman as their lead singer.

While that fact doesn't usually factor in when they're deciding on tour dates, the current anti-transgender attitude in North Carolina forced Laura Jane Grace to actively think about performing in the state.

Video: Cyndi Lauper Explains Her Decision To Not Cancel NC Concerts

Most LGBT-friendly musicians have cancelled their NC concerts due to Gov. Pat McCrory's bigoted bathroom bill, but Laura actually went the opposite route when deciding what was best for her trans fans.

The 35-year-old singer has been an out transwoman for four years now, so instead of backing out of her show, Against Me! took to the stage in Durham on May 15 where Laura burned her birth certificate onstage!

Now, two weeks later, the trans activist spoke to Vulture about her controversial decision, saying:

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Pearl Jam Cancels North Carolina Show Due To 'Despicable Piece Of Legislation'! Read Their Statement!

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It's been about 4 weeks since North Carolina's Governor Pat McCrory signed the bigoted House Bill 2 into law, taking away LGBT employment discrimination protection and keeping transgender students from using the bathroom associated with the gender they identify as.

Since then, entertainers have been raising their voices to stand up for what's right; Bruce Springsteen, Ringo Starr, and even Cirque du Soleil have all canceled shows in the state to protest the bill.

Related: These Pics Of Two Gay Lions Give You All The Feels!

Now another act is following in their footsteps — Pearl Jam have decided to cancel their Wednesday night concert in Raleigh, NC.

The band wrote a lengthy, thoughtful statement on the matter, saying:

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EXCLUSIVE! Watch As Laura Jane Grace & More Explain Life With Gender Dysphoria On AOL's Newest Original Series True Trans!

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Wow. This truly is an incredibly powerful clip.

AOL has a new Original Series called True Trans With Laura Jane Grace that follows the Against Me! singer's life after she came out as transgender at the height of her music career, along with telling the stories of many others!

In this EXCLUSIVE clip, Laura and others who have made the transition discuss what their lives were like before they made the decision to go from a man to woman and woman to man.

Prior to making the decision, they were suffering from gender dysphoria, which made their lives very difficult to live and they turned to harmful methods to keep themselves numb from the pain.

Ch-ch-check out the sobering and important clip (above)!

P.S. Don't forget to watch the premiere of the AOL Original Series True Trans With Laura Jane Grace on October 10th by CLICKING HERE!

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Against Me! Singer Gives First On-Camera Interview As Laura Jane Grace

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So inspiring!

Laura Jane Grace, the Against Me! frontwoman formerly known as Tom Gabel, is undergoing the biggest transformation of her LIFE and she's finally talking about it on camera!

The out and proud transexual is in the process of becoming the woman she's always known she would grow up to be, so we could not be more impressed by her courage.

In the first interview since coming out to the world through Rolling Stone, Laura talks about the overwhelmingly positive support from friends, fans and family, as well as explaining how Madonna made her realize that she was a woman trapped in a man's body.

On a sad note, Laura's father hasn't been as

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Tom Gabel Performs First Show With Against Me! As A Woman

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Tom Gabel Preforms First Show With Against Me! As A Woman

Against Me! frontman, Tom Gabel, is officially a frontwoman!

Over the weekend, the singer / songwriter appeared with his band San Diego, performing for the very first time as

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