Published in the May 24 issue of Creative Loafing

My chest felt tight. My arms tingled. I just sat at my desk and cried. I felt overwhelmed. I was having an anxiety attack. I emailed my editor. “I don’t feel well,” I wrote. “Going home.”

My breakdown began the evening before, right after a friend emailed me a link to a Rolling Stone blog post about the lead singer of the punk band Against Me!, one of my favorite bands, whose angsty, political, socially conscious lyrics and raucous sound still make me feel like a rebellious teenager.

I clicked the link.

The headline read: “Tom Gabel of Against Me! Comes Out as Transgender.”

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