Queercore – Queer Punk Media Subculture – a look back at queer Toronto in the 1980s
Queercore is a queer and punk trans media movement that was instigated in 1980s Toronto via the pages of the underground fanzine (“zine”) J.D.s. Authored by G.B. Jones and Bruce LaBruce, J.D.s. declared “civil war” on the punk and gay and lesbian mainstreams, consolidating a subculture of like-minded filmmakers, zinesters, musicians and performers situated in pointed opposition to the homophobia of mainline punk and the lifeless sexual politics and exclusionary tendencies of dominant gay and lesbian society. More than thirty years later, queercore and its trouble-making productions remain under the radar, but still culturally and politically resonant.
Queercore – Queer Punk Media Subculture brings renewed attention to queercore, exploring the homology between queer theory/practice and punk theory/practice at the heart of queercore mediamaking. Through analysis of key queercore texts, this book also elucidates the tropes central to queercore’s subcultural distinction: unashamed sexual representation, confrontational politics and “shocking” embodiments, including those related to size, ability and gender variance. An exploration of a specific transmedia subculture grounded in archival research, ethnographic interviews, theoretical argumentation and close analysis, ultimately, Queercore proffers a provocative, and tangible, new answer to the long-debated question, “What does it mean to be queer?”
Author Curran Nault is a joint lecturer in Women’s and Gender Studies and Asian American Studies at the University of Texas at Austin, USA. Read his blog for more info on Queercore culture
About the Author
Bryen Dunn is a freelance journalist based in Toronto with a focus on tourism, lifestyle, entertainment and community issues. He has written several travel articles and has an extensive portfolio of celebrity interviews with musicians, actors and other public personalities. He’s willing to take on any assignments of interest, attend parties with free booze, listen to rants, and travel the world in search of the great unknown. He’s eager to discover the new, remember the past, and look into the future.