MENTAL HEALTH IS NOT A MEME

Mental illness is not exactly uncommon. According to the Mental Health Foundation, one in four people will experience a mental health problem in their lifetime and mental illness makes up 28% of all diseases in the world ­– the biggest by far. Going by this, several people you know will have suffered with a mental illness. It could be your mother, your brother, your cousin or your best friend. It could even be you. So why are we so insensitive when it comes to celebrities and mental health?

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Shape Shift With Me – Against Me!

“Is there a record that is about relationships from a trans perspective?” Against Me! frontwoman Laura Jane Grace asks. “I wanted to write the transgender response to the Rolling Stones’ ‘Exile On Main St.’, Liz Phair’s ‘Exile In Guyville’ and the Streets’ ‘A Grand Don’t Come For Free’. All those records are relationship records… I wanted to present the trans perspective on sex, love and heartbreak.”

And that’s what ‘Shape Shift With Me’ represents. Grace’s struggle with her own gender has been well documented, specifically starting in 2012 when she came out as transgender in a Rolling Stone interview, continuing with her divorce in 2014 from artist Heather Hannoura – who insisted the couple would stay together – and expressing the issues on to a group of albums, of which ‘Shape Shift With Me’ is the latest.

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