Gavin Russom, the synth wizard and percussionist of LCD Soundsystem, has come out as transgender. This comes just ahead of the band’s new album, American Dream, and tour. In an intimate interview with Grindr, Russom details her experience. “This is my fifth decade being alive,” she says, “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.”
As a member of a beloved group about to release a comeback album, Russom recognizes and embraces the opportunity to inspire other trans women. “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 said.
And, as anyone who’s ever seen LCD Soundsystem perform can attest, her performance is mesmerizing.