“I’m the happiest I’ve ever been.”
While participating in a profile piece by Grindr about her upcoming solo album American Dream, Gavin Russom has come out as transgender. She detailed her struggles of being in her 40’s and trying determine her identity. She said, “and in each of those decades, there’s been a time where I’ve tried to say, ‘Hey, I think I’m transgender!’ This was even before that word existed.”
Russom has identified “along the feminine spectrum,” and her band mates are in full support. “The general feeling in the group is that will make the band better.”
Russom also told Grindr that she has struggled with her gender identity all her life but although she didn’t identify as trans before, she has always been an advocate for transgender rights. “I am someone who has spoken out on both women’s rights and trans rights for a long time,” Russom said, “but when I started to transition myself, that was one of the most shocking things.
She also had some aid for to those struggling with gender identity issues. “For anybody who is struggling with their gender identity or who wants to come out and is afraid to, what would be better than giving someone permission to do that through my performance? That’s the ultimate. It’s what other people gave to me, so I’d love to pass that along to other people, too.”
She is best known for her part in the electro-rock band, LCD Soundsystem, based out of Brooklyn, NY. She has been in the band since 2010.
She spoke highly of the punk rock club scene in New York. Being able to view the city’s clubs as a place where transgender people could be open and free.
“It gives me hope for the future to see the courage and creativity of a much younger generation of trans women,” Russom told Grindr. “Clubs are where I’ve encountered a lot of that.”