Texas Punk Music Is Gay

The smartest people in rock and roll are queer.

As a young man, Dictor briefly experimented sexually, but he's straight. Preferences aside, though, the song persona explores marginalized queer culture and asks tough questions about America's cultural restraints.

"MDC were very connected to the 1970's punk rock scene, which was more like a freak revolution than, say, what started happening in the early 1980s, [which was] more like young guys in the crew lacking links to the Dead Boys or New York Dolls," Dictor argues. "We began to notice that people had different backgrounds.

"Original pioneers like [Minor Threat/Fugazi's] Ian MacKaye and [7 Seconds'] Kevin Seconds were not homophobic because they were leaders," Dictor says. "But as it got bigger and bigger, it involved more random, lost and less-focused young people."

Dicks singer Gary Floyd: "Gay in a kinda redneck way."
Dixon Coulbourn (R.I.P.)
Dicks singer Gary Floyd: "Gay in a kinda redneck way."

This marked the end of an era shaped by urban queer culture, and the beginning of the next — punk's expansion into the suburbs.

"A lot of those people didn't have the empathy or connection to the stuff that was pre-1980, which was definitely a lot more open-minded about sexuality than what came out of '82-'84," Dictor says. "The hardcore scene was rather homophobic. Let's get that out in the air.

"There were very few out singers who were gay," he continues. "The ones who were — like Gary Floyd — got a lot of shit. Though they were popular, they'd go and perform at places, and people were rough and crazy."

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