Pansy Division: Life In A Gay Rock Band

Sat, May 30, 2009, 9pm
Band Founder Jon Ginoli in attendance

Out, proud, and in-your-face rockers Pansy Division pioneered the “queercore” genre long before other musicians had the confidence to come out of the closet. Frontman Jon Ginoli launched the band along with bassist Chris Freeman in the early ‘90s to challenge the notion that rock was exclusively heterosexual territory, and that gays only enjoyed disco and showtunes. With frequently humorous and always explicit lyrics, the band quickly carved a niche for itself with songs like, “Smells Like Queer Spirit”, “Fem in a Black Leather Jacket”, and “The C*cks*cker Club.”

Filmmaker Michael Carmona has created a fast-paced account that follows the band from their first celebratory days playing small gigs around San Francisco to its exciting tour opening for soon-to-be-huge labelmates Green Day. Whether it was tiny underground clubs with mosh pits of four, or stadiums full of frat boys waiting for Green Day to come out, Pansy Division always remained true to itself and unapologetic in its music.

Featuring interviews with some major figures of punk and pop-punk history, including Jello Biafra (Dead Kennedys), Rob Halford (Judas Priest), and Billie Joe Armstrong (Green Day), PANSY DIVISION: LIFE IN A GAY ROCK BAND shares the unique story of one of the most influential gay music acts of the past 20 years. Fans and the uninitiated alike will enjoy this film about the “b*ttf*ckers of rock ‘n’ roll.”

PANSY DIVISION dir Michael Carmona 2008 USA 83 min.