Record Heat: Why the Hell Are You So Sad? by Brad Dwyer
In an election year, it's normal for the national conversation to get heated. "War on Women," "War on Marriage," "War on Healthcare" -- you get the idea.
Last week, Tom Gabel of Against Me! announced plans to begin living as a woman. Fans dug into his lyrics looking for clues, and comment sections on sites like Punknews.org became a fevered ground for back-and-forth dialogue, with some decrying his decision and even more vocalizing their support.
The move -- coupled with President Obama's historic and controversial endorsement of gay marriage -- sparked a whole bunch of conversations.
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