Punk band Against Me! perform live from their critically acclaimed album, Transgender Dysphoria Blues, throughout the show and join Jian for a feature conversation.
Front woman Laura Jane Grace talks to Jian about her coming out as transgender, her excitement to be a part of Toronto's World Pride celebrations, and about her thoughts on whether there has been a cultural shift when it comes to attitudes toward the trans* community.
"I feel like trans people are just becoming more and more visible in a really positive way," Grace says.
Laura Jane Grace in Studio Q. (Korey Schaefer/CBC)
However, there's still much work to be done, especially in regards to the legal rights of trans* folks.
"I think the next step is... laws protecting transgender people with health care, in the prison system, and just making sure that rights are protected, really. Because when it comes down to it, unfortunately, the reality for most transgender people is they face extreme threats of violence in their daily life."
Be sure to catch Against Me! tonight at Yonge-Dundas Square. They are headlining a three-band line-up as part of World Pride celebrations. Click here for more details.
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