LCD Soundsystem's Gavin Russom has announced her decision to come out as a transgender woman.
The band's synthesizer expert told her news in two revealing interviews to Pitchfork and Grindr magazines and revealed she announced her move before the band embarked on its recent world tour. Speaking about her previous identity as a man she told Grindr: “my body rejected it in the same way that it now utterly rejects going into a men’s bathroom or when somebody calls me ‘sir.’”
Russom said that her bandmates have been “really supportive” about her transition: “the general feeling in the group is that it will make the band better.”
Russom will DJ publicly for the first time as a trans woman for Femme’s Room, a monthly queer party at Chicago’s Berlin nightclub but hadn't told the promoters of her decision. “Having not said anything about my gender identity or transition, it felt like this amazing synchronicity,” she told Pitchfork, “one of those moments where the universe is tapping you on the shoulder, [saying], ‘it's OK, it's real.’”