Laura Jane Grace, the lead singer of American punk band Against Me! has been very open about talking about her gender transition. She was Sheila Cole's guest on The Morning Edition on March 27.

Grace, 33, publicly came out as transgender in 2012. She was born Tom Gabel and performed with the Florida-based band since 1997.

"Of course, it's not to say that suddenly everything is perfect in your life, but not having to compartmentalize that part of myself or hide that part of myself has made me a much happier person," Grace told Coles.

Coles also asked Grace what she would say to a teenager who may questioning their gender.

"You are not alone and that there is nothing wrong with you," Grace responded. "I wish I would have had someone to tell me that when I was younger."

Seeking advice and counselling is another good idea, whether it's from a friend or from a professional, like a psychotherapist, she said. 

"Oftentimes it's not the advice that the person will give you that is important, but it's just actually hearing yourself verbalize what you're saying that is very empowering and an important step you need to take."

The group's latest album, Transgender Dysphoria Blues, a concept record about a transgender prostitute, marked a chart high for the band when it reached No. 23 on the Billboard 200 albums chart in late January.

Against Me! plays at The Exchange in Regina Sunday night and in Saskatoon on Monday.