The Good: Gavin Russom of LCD Soundsystem comes out as transgender
The music industry may be lagging behind film and television in terms of transgender representation – but that's like comparing the pace of a snail to the speed of a turtle. And that only makes it more important to recognize the major strides that have been made in music over the past few years: Against Me! frontwoman Laura Jane Grace, for example, changed the game for transgender rockers when she came out in a Rolling Stone profile back in 2012. This year saw arguably the most high-profile "coming out" moment in music since, namely Gavin Russom's July announcement that she is a trans woman. (She also said she'd be keeping her name.) The LCD Soundsystem synth player told Pitchfork, "I don't like coming out so much as a term, but sometimes it's the only way to say it." Say it she did and more transgender musicians should feel safe enough to echo her choice.