Gay liberation had really exploded. Homosexual culture had really taken over Ė Donna
Summer, disco, it was so boring. Suddenly in New York, it was cool to be gay, but it
just seemed to be about suburbanites who sucked cock and went to discos. I mean, come
on, "Disco, Disco Duck"? I donít think so.
So we said, "No, being gay doesnít make
you cool. Being cool makes you cool, whether youíre gay or straight." People didnít
like that too much. So they called us homophobic. And of course, being the obnoxious
people we were, we said, "Fuck you, you faggots."
The gay rights movement was born out of the riots that occurred outside the Stonewall
Inn at 57 Christopher St., Saturday June 28 through Tuesday July 1st, 1969. A group of
plainclothes police officers arrived to raid the club and arrest the management for
selling liquor without a license, but to a greater degree they were just there to
create trouble for the gay crowd. They did not expect people to fight back.
With a movement like this in full swing, musicians like Jayne County and the New York
Dolls could perform without as much fear of a homophobic attack on them (although
the Dolls were not in fact gay). Homosexual culture had quickly become mainstream and
it was no longer politically correct to discriminate against it. Once something had
become mainstream it was often even more ripe for the punk scene to pick on (and punk
did develop a very homophobic image) but so many already among them were gay that it
was far easier to actually accept them.