Chase covers Against Me! for LGBT History Month
Chase Garrett celebrates her trans hero for LGBT History Month in a cover of Black Me Out recorded exclusively for Polari Magazine.
Heroes: That word means something different to every individual you meet. Everybody wants someone to look up to, someone to call a role model; but for girls like me those are far and few between. At least, until Laura.
In 2012, when Against Me!’s lead singer started transitioning to become Laura Jane Grace, I was in awe; such strength and such courage exhibited by someone whose male presentation played such a pivotal role in her career. Yet there she stood, unphased by the expectations of a bitter and judging world. It was her fearlessness and her courage that challenged me to look in my own mirror and ask myself the tough questions.
Coming to terms with my gender dysphoria was not easy, but with Laura as my role model, I flourished. I made my transition in August of last year, and while I am still inspired by many other strong transwomen, such as Laverne Cox and Carmen Carerra, it was Laura who I related with the most. So when I was asked to pick a cover song, it was an effortless choice. As I walk through the world everyday, I hold my head up high. So what if I play rock ‘n’ roll and wear high heels? It may not be okay with everyone else, but it’s okay with me. If Laura taught me anything, that’s all that matters.