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If the definition of ‘punk’ is, by its very essence, a rejection of societal norms and expectations to create the truest expression of yourself, the emergence of Queercore in the mid-80s pushed these boundaries even further when it came to the so-called gender and sexual norms of the times. The offshoot of punk became more punk than the original strand could ever be; punk without the homophobia, transphobia and rigid adhesion to gender roles that plagues the rest of society really is sticking it to the man in the best way possible.

Yony Leyser’s documentary on the LGBT community’s contributions to the punk scene, Queercore: How To Punk A Revolution, explores how punk became that little bit more inclusive, thanks to the movement heralded by queer folk biting back at a world which discriminated, and does indeed still discriminate, against them. The film features interviews with the likes of John Waters, Peaches, Beth Ditto, Kathleen Hanna, Kim Gordon, Team Dresch and many more, with discussion topics which run the gamut of homophobia, gender, feminism, AIDS, assimilation, sex and art.

The film will be screened at the Star & Shadow Cinema on Friday 28th September, and will be followed by live music from Newcastle’s own punk outfits Blóm and Cecilia, for a truly revolutionary experience.

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