LCD Soundsystem鈥檚 Gavin Russom has publicly come out as transgender. Speaking with Grindr鈥檚 INTO, Russom opened up about her gender identity and the decision to come out. (For now, she is still going by Gavin.)

鈥淭his is my fifth decade being alive,鈥 the synth player began, 鈥渁nd in each of those decades, there鈥檚 been a time where I鈥檝e tried to say, 鈥楬ey, I think I鈥檓 transgender!鈥 This was even before that word existed.鈥

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Music, and particularly the punk scene, offered her the 鈥渇reedom and liberation鈥 other queer artists had benefited from in the 鈥80s, and her 2004 move to Berlin allowed her to further understand her identity. Following her move back to New York in 2009, her success with LCD Soundsystem took center stage until the group鈥檚 split in 2011.

As the reunited band prepares to promote their upcoming album, American Dream, Russom realized that she 鈥渃ould not imagine鈥 going on tour as anyone other than herself. 鈥淢y body rejected it in the same way that it now utterly rejects going into a men鈥檚 bathroom or when somebody calls me 鈥榮ir,鈥欌 she explained to INTO, noting that her bandmates have been supportive.

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鈥淚鈥檓 the happiest I鈥檝e ever been,鈥 she added, 鈥渂ut I have my good days and my bad days. On my bad days, it really sucks and I wait until I get home to go to the bathroom 鈥 which is such a basic thing.鈥

One of Russom鈥檚 worries for the band鈥檚 upcoming tour is visiting states whose politics challenge the rights of the transgender community, while internally, she struggles with understanding her own identity. 鈥淚 am someone who has spoken out on both women鈥檚 rights and trans rights for a long time,鈥 she explained, 鈥渂ut when I started to transition myself, that was one of the most shocking things. I鈥檓 carrying so many of these things around with me. That鈥檚 been challenging to work through 鈥 having those preconditioned societal ideas of what transgender women can do.鈥

Russom hopes her transition will help others to understand themselves in the way that her cultural experiences helped her. 鈥淔or anybody who is struggling with their gender identity or who wants to come out and is afraid to,鈥 she told INTO, 鈥渨hat would be better than giving someone permission to do that through my performance? That鈥檚 the ultimate. It鈥檚 what other people gave to me, so I鈥檇 love to pass that along to other people too.鈥

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(h/t Grindr鈥檚 INTO; photo via Gavin Russom/Instagram and courtesy of Gavin Rayna Russom)