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Queercore

Queercore is gay-themed underground Punk that began in the mid-1980s.  It is a cultural and social movement that began due to a discontent with society in general and a disapproval of the gay and lesbian community and its "oppressive agenda". Queercore bands explored issues of sexual identity, gender identity, and individual rights in their lyrics. The zine J.D.s is credited with launching the movement or giving it its name. At first the movement was described as "homocore" but was then changed to "queercore". The zines and movement is characterized by promoting sexual and gender diversity in opposition to the segregation practiced by the mainstream gay community; a dissatisfaction with a consumerist culture, proposing a DIY ethos in its place in order to create a culture of its own; and opposition to oppressive religious tenets and political repression.

Some Queercore bands:

Limp Wrist - Queercore band fronted by Martin Sorrondeguy from Los Crudos. Martin Sorrondeguy is openly gay. Limp Wrist songs deal with issues in the LGBT community. Their song I Love Hardcore Boys is below.
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Pansy Division - Formed in San Francisco, CA in 1991. The band members are gay males and their songs focus on gay-related themes. Songs below: I'm Gonna Be a Slut, Horny in the Morning, and I Really Wanted You.
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God is My Co-Pilot - Queercore band formed in NYC in 1991. Their lyrics address issues of sexuality and gender. Below are the songs I'm Gonna Steal Yr Girlfriend and Straight Not.
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Team Dresch - Queercore band formed in Olympia, WA in 1993 by Donna Dresch. The band disbanded in 1998 and got back together in 2004. Songs below: Uncle Phranc, I'm Illegal, Fagetarian and Dyke, and She's Crushing my Mind.
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Tribe 8 - Considered one of the first Queercore groups. They were an all-women dyke Punk band from San Francisco, CA. In concert, the lead singer Lynn Breedlove would often perform shirtless and with a strap-on dildo, which she would encourage the audience to interact with. Songs below: Butch in the Streets, Manipulate, Queen of the Scene, and Wrong Bathroom.
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The Butchies - Lesbian Queercore band from Durham, NC. They existed from 1998 to 2005. The frontwoman and guitartist was Kaia Wilson, who played in the band Team Dresch. She now plays for Team Dresch again. Songs below: The Galaxy is Gay, Send Me You, and She's So Lovely.
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Anti Scrunti Faction - Female punk trio from Boulder, CO that first appeared in 1985. The artist's names were intentionally obscured in the credits for their album Damsels in Distress. For example, bassist and singer Leslie Mah was credited and L. Mah. Leslie Mah later joined the band Tribe 8. Songs below: War War War, One Crashed Over the Cuckoo's Nest, and Slave to my Estrogen.
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Excuse 17 - Queercore Punk band from Olympia, WA that formed in 1993.  Carrie Brownstein and Becca Albee sang and played guitar while CJ Phillips played drums. Their song Despise is available to listen to below.
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Fifth Column - Female Post Punk band from Toronto that formed in the early 1980s. Their performances often included a "go-go" dancing boy.
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Cypher in the Snow - Female Queercore band from San Francisco, CA. Fun fact: Original line-up consisted of guitar player Daniela Sea, who played transgender character Max in the television show, The L Word. Below is their song Femme-Kata.
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For more information on Queercore and bands, check out the Queercore Wikipedia. Also, there is a Queer Zine Archive that you can check out by clicking here: QZAP.


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