Since her transgender coming out in 2012, Against Me! Singer Laura Jane Grace has become one of punk rock’s most visible and inspiring trans figures. She has also worked tirelessly as a leading trans rights activist and educator. Now Grace is releasing her latest project, Black me out, an audio memory only on his life and his identity journey.
Result also shares an exclusive clip of Black Me Out, out today (September 2) as the last opus of Audible’s vast program Words + Music series. In the clip, Grace talks about her experience as a locked up trans woman and the imperfect release she found in private self-reflection.
Over the years, Grace has worked through a number of different mediums outside of music to educate audiences about trans existences and to recount her own experiences as a trans woman. In 2014, she released the docuseries in 10 parts True Trans with Laura Jane Grace, and the following year, began a column of advice for Vice‘s Noisy.
In 2016 Grace published her acclaimed autobiography Tranny: Confessions of Punk Rock’s Most Infamous Anarchist Sale, based on the diaries she had kept since the third year.
Black me out represents another entry in his multimedia journey to capture, define and tell his personal truths. As its name suggests, the Words + Music format gives artists the opportunity to tell their stories through a mixture of storytelling and music.
Black me out intends to capture Grace’s struggles with gender dysphoria and mental illness through sound and conversation. Although the subject matter is so personal, the underlying tendency for self-knowledge is universal.
Listen to it Black me out clip, and check out an exclusive Q&A with Grace, below.