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Fat Mike's support for TomGabel: "I am incredibly happyfor her"

NOFX singer and sex dungeon enthusiast Fat Mike (aka Mike Burkett) has told FL that he is “incredibly happy” for Against Me! singer Tom Gabel, and fully supports his ex-labelmate’s decision to start living as a woman called Laura Jane Grace.

While bands such as The Gaslight Anthem were more articulate in their support of Gabel when he went public with his transgender identity in May, Burkett joked about the matter on Twitter:



Many in the punk community were confused by his stance, however Burkett assured FL that while his comments were glib, he is fully supportive of Gabel’s decision: “I actually just texted her last night and I am incredibly happy for her. You know, I live in San Francisco and I know quite a few transgender people, so for me it’s not that shocking. It was just a matter of time before someone I knew in the punk scene did it. I think it s great and I’m just happy about how supportive the whole scene has been to her.”

Speaking to FL as part of our new “In The Firing Line” series of hard-hitting interviews, Burkett also fessed up about his alter-ego Cokey The Clown, revealed just how close NOFX came to selling out and gave a (grossly) detailed description of what he really keeps in his infamous sex dungeon. The full interview will be published this week.

NOFX release their 12th studio album Self Entitled on September 14.

NOFX – ‘Ronnie & Mags’

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berlinchair101

berlinchair101 said on the 10th Sep, 2012

Ronnie & Mags fucking slays.

tokirules

tokirules said on the 10th Sep, 2012

i dunno about what he thinks about laura but that new song is pretty awesome

tyler07

tyler07 said on the 10th Sep, 2012



Should read the article, eh?

Oflick

Oflick said on the 10th Sep, 2012

If you read the article you'll know what he thinks about Laura.

MorningAfterboy

MorningAfterboy said on the 10th Sep, 2012

I think the article title should be changed.

conditionals

conditionals said on the 10th Sep, 2012

this article title is pretty offensive

Cactus_wang

Cactus_wang said on the 10th Sep, 2012

you need to change your heading and first paragraph.

Stefan Beck

Stefan Beck said on the 10th Sep, 2012

Hands up if you thought the lady in the photo was Laura Jane Grace and you went "Damn".

monokhrome_nite

monokhrome_nite said on the 10th Sep, 2012

Potentially about to expose myself as a moron, but what's the offensive part of the title?

MorningAfterboy

MorningAfterboy said on the 10th Sep, 2012

Calling Laura "Tom" when she is no longer Tom.

benjiman1981

benjiman1981 said on the 10th Sep, 2012

Yeah so offensive to say someone who use to be named Tom Gabel is now living as a woman named Laura Jane Grace.
Next FL Exclusive: In Defence of Stating Facts.

MorningAfterboy

MorningAfterboy said on the 10th Sep, 2012

Yeah so offensive to say someone who use to be named Tom Gabel is now living as a woman named Laura Jane Grace.
Next FL Exclusive: In Defence of Stating Facts.

Whoooooooosh.

Braveheart81

Braveheart81 said on the 11th Sep, 2012

Would the same people be as outraged if someone wrote an article referring to Ron Artest instead of Meta World Peace?

She should be correctly referred to as Laura Jane Grace as that is what she changed her name to, however it is hardly offensive to refer to Tom Gabel.

MorningAfterboy

MorningAfterboy said on the 11th Sep, 2012



I mean, this is really it. How fucking hard can it be?

Stugalug

Stugalug said on the 11th Sep, 2012

It's hardly the end of the world.

MorningAfterboy

MorningAfterboy said on the 11th Sep, 2012

Nothing on here is. It's just a matter of showing GLBT people respect.

Stugalug

Stugalug said on the 11th Sep, 2012



Eh, mistakes happen, I fuck up daily. I agree that it should have been Laura, but would an uniformed reader connect the article title to Against Me if it was Laura Gabel?

Braveheart81

Braveheart81 said on the 11th Sep, 2012

She has ditched the Gabel altogether.

Her name is now Laura Jane Grace.

I say you should never trust a person with two first names. I'm not sure what the situation is when they have three.

Stugalug

Stugalug said on the 11th Sep, 2012

As I said. I fuck up daily.

berlinchair101

berlinchair101 said on the 11th Sep, 2012

There will probably have to be a period where she is referred to as 'Against Me's Laura Jane Grace.'

Will fans have to change the name of her solo stuff in their iPods?

More importantly I still can't believe that's the name she chose for herself. I know she's from the south, but still, it's so redneck.

I would pick a rad name for myself, like Jackie Hammer or The Magnificent Dynamo.

Braveheart81

Braveheart81 said on the 11th Sep, 2012

There will probably have to be a period where she is referred to as 'Against Me's Laura Jane Grace.'

Will fans have to change the name of her solo stuff in their iPods?


That would be incorrect though.

Tea for the Tillerman is still a Cat Stevens album.

MorningAfterboy

MorningAfterboy said on the 11th Sep, 2012

Yeah, Heart Burns is still a Tom Gabel release. That's fine by me. Anything she does solo from now on, however, is LJG. Simple.

berlinchair101

berlinchair101 said on the 11th Sep, 2012

Yeah i figured that, I just wanted to see what others thought.

Napoleon Solo

Napoleon Solo said on the 11th Sep, 2012

Fucking hell. I still refer to the guys that made the Matrix and crap movies after that as the Wachowski Bros. I guess I should be saying the Wachowski siblings.
I swear, being offended is the new black.

Braveheart81

Braveheart81 said on the 11th Sep, 2012


I swear, being offended is the new more heavily pigmented skin.

FTFY.

DinkiDIDude

DinkiDIDude said on the 11th Sep, 2012

There will probably have to be a period where she is referred to as 'Against Me's Laura Jane Grace.'

Will fans have to change the name of her solo stuff in their iPods?

More importantly I still can't believe that's the name she chose for herself. I know she's from the south, but still, it's so redneck.

I would pick a rad name for myself, like Jackie Hammer or The Magnificent Dynamo.

.....yeah, I know but like all kickass chick names some BIIIAAATTTCCCHH has already copyrighted......

http://www.qbd.com.au/products/l/2588/9780060012588.jpg

sarahanne

sarahanne said on the 11th Sep, 2012

Laura/Tom recently said she is fine with the media, friends, family etc referring to her as Tom for context for some period of time and takes no offence to it. She said that it is a great way of ensuring people learn more about transgender identity and don't avoid talking about it because they are scarred of using the wrong pronoun or name. She said it will take some time for fans to identify her as Laura Jane and, quite specifically, said that creating hard and fast rules about things just alienates more people than it helps....

This is, of course, paraphrased, but I'll try and find the interview - I believe it was in the MTV one

tyler07

tyler07 said on the 11th Sep, 2012



Lol @ Meta World Peace. Such a clown.

Jose Cuervo

Jose Cuervo said on the 14th Sep, 2012

Thanks for that input guy.