Gay Rights


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."

-Legs McNeil

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.