The Christian right has long warned of a “homosexual agenda,” maybe even as long as Jon Ginoli has been actively pursuing one. His pop-punk band, Pansy Division, was one of the most prominent and audacious “queercore” groups to spring up in the early ’90s, back when rock, Ginoli writes in his memoir Deflowered: My Life in Pansy Division, was “heterosexual by default.” Through incessant touring and a fortuitous friendship with fellow Bay Area punk act Green Day, for which Pansy Division opened on tours large and small, Ginoli drove a pink wedge into alt-rock, where it’s remained (mostly) comfortably ever since. Yes, to escape gay culture, Pansy Division had to sing about little else, but the fact that being gay no longer means a lifetime of Bronski Beat and Hello, Dolly! is a feat for which Ginoli (as well as fellow travelers like Team Dresch) can take a lot of credit.
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