Against Me! Frontwoman Laura Jane Grace burned her birth certificate onstage at the band’s show in Durham, North Carolina, declaring, “Goodbye gender!”
Against Me!’s decision to perform in North Carolina was controversial due to the recent state bill (House Bill 2) that forces transgender people to use restrooms that match the gender on their birth certificates. Grace announced that she was transgender in 2012.
“I think the real danger with HB2 is that it creates a target on transgender people specifically,” Grace told Buzzfeed in April. “When you feel targeted as a trans person, the natural inclination is to go into hiding. But visibility is more important than ever; to go there and have the platform of a stage to stand on and speak your mind and represent yourself.”