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PostSubject: LGBT Fans?   Wed Apr 27, 2016 12:14 pm

Wondering if there are other LGBT fans here.  I find that most of my queer friends have no idea who TGA are, don't like punk rock, etc. This may be an age thing, but not sure.  I know a lot of the themes are about "cars and girls" but there is plenty that resonates with me.

Also it makes me kind of wary to just start talking to ppl at shows although I have done and generally it's been a good experience and people seem cool.

I was really stoked when Brian spoke out about HB2, North Carolina's draconian new "bathroom law" in an interview (starts at about 7:45). He normally seems averse to talking about politics in interviews (or personal stuff in general) so this was a nice surprise.

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PostSubject: Re: LGBT Fans?   Wed Apr 27, 2016 12:40 pm

The thing is, even if Brian's lyrics are about cars and girls, they are above all about feelings and about coping with those feelings. And those feelings are universal, no matter what your sexual orientation or gender identification.

Also, music should never be orientation specific, even if some acts are often associated (not least by the music press) with the 'gay scene' (that sounds so dumb; like there ia a straight scene drunken). People should just be left to get on with whatever.

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PostSubject: Re: LGBT Fans?   Wed Apr 27, 2016 3:23 pm

Wow. Best Fallon interview I've ever seen.
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PostSubject: Re: LGBT Fans?   Wed Apr 27, 2016 3:28 pm

Harbortown wrote:
Wow. Best Fallon interview I've ever seen.

That's part 2 of 2  Part 1 is here.
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PostSubject: Re: LGBT Fans?   Wed Apr 27, 2016 4:33 pm

Yeah I saw that, I thought I'd watch it later!

I'm really surprised that he took the time to actually speak out on some issues because, from what I can recall, he's not really big on talking politics. It's fantastic that he's defending transgendered people and taking a stand for generous immigration policies.
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PostSubject: Re: LGBT Fans?   Wed Apr 27, 2016 6:11 pm

I like that interview...I think it is really great to see that he supports these people...tbh I was not aware of that law until I have heard that Bruce canceled his show in North Carolina...



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PostSubject: Re: LGBT Fans?   Thu Apr 28, 2016 6:34 am

He already stood out for Laura Jane Grace when she "came out" as a transgender back then during the handwritten days.
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PostSubject: Re: LGBT Fans?   Thu Apr 28, 2016 9:37 am

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He already stood out for Laura Jane Grace when she "came out" as a transgender back then during the handwritten days.

Cool I did not know that. According to this article Brian was the first to do so. I even saw them on the same bill two years later.
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PostSubject: Re: LGBT Fans?   Thu Apr 28, 2016 3:55 pm

steady now steady now wrote:
The thing is, even if Brian's lyrics are about cars and girls, they are above all about feelings and about coping with those feelings. And those feelings are universal, no matter what your sexual orientation or gender identification.

Also, music should never be orientation specific, even if some acts are often associated (not least by the music press) with the 'gay scene' (that sounds so dumb; like there ia a straight scene drunken). People should just be left to get on with whatever.

This. All this. And I loved to hear Brian talk about what his stance on all this is, even if I did know his opinion on Laura Jane Grace and the LGBT community in general. I love the fact that my music heroes support people in the same way I do Smile
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PostSubject: Re: LGBT Fans?   Thu Apr 28, 2016 6:06 pm

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steady now steady now wrote:
The thing is, even if Brian's lyrics are about cars and girls, they are above all about feelings and about coping with those feelings. And those feelings are universal, no matter what your sexual orientation or gender identification.

Also, music should never be orientation specific, even if some acts are often associated (not least by the music press) with the 'gay scene' (that sounds so dumb; like there ia a straight scene drunken). People should just be left to get on with whatever.

This. All this. And I loved to hear Brian talk about what his stance on all this is, even if I did know his opinion on Laura Jane Grace and the LGBT community in general. I love the fact that my music heroes support people in the same way I do Smile

oh yeah me too!
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PostSubject: Re: LGBT Fans?   Fri Apr 29, 2016 4:43 am

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The_River wrote:
He already stood out for Laura Jane Grace when she "came out" as a transgender back then during the handwritten days.

Cool I did not know that. According to this article Brian was the first to do so.  I even saw them on the same bill two years later.

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PostSubject: Re: LGBT Fans?   Fri Apr 29, 2016 3:21 pm

I'm not LGBT, but I have the same thing where none of my friends are into Gaslight (although I keep trying!).  That's why I like this community so much -it's nice to know people with a common interest, and everyone here is really friendly! High Five
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PostSubject: Re: LGBT Fans?   Fri Apr 29, 2016 3:48 pm

Even in NJ I am amazed how many people I meet who are like "Who?" Shocked I know if they heard "'59 Sound" or "Old White Lincoln" they would be like "Oh, them!"

cowgirlwiththeblues wrote:
I'm not LGBT, but I have the same thing where none of my friends are into Gaslight (although I keep trying!).  That's why I like this community so much -it's nice to know people with a common interest, and everyone here is really friendly! High Five

I am very grateful for this group, too... I hope to find some fans in NJ/NYC area to put faces to names when Brian/the band play here again.
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PostSubject: Re: LGBT Fans?   Sun May 01, 2016 12:43 am

cowgirlwiththeblues wrote:
I'm not LGBT, but I have the same thing where none of my friends are into Gaslight (although I keep trying!).  That's why I like this community so much -it's nice to know people with a common interest, and everyone here is really friendly! High Five

Hahah don't worry, I don't have any friends that like TGA either, and I'm not LGBT either but you don't have to be anything but human to understand and support another person's struggles Smile
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PostSubject: Re: LGBT Fans?   Fri May 06, 2016 3:09 am



I hesitate to respond here, as I am not LGBT & do not want to trample on a sacred, inclusive space; that interview w Brian is probly the best thing I have seen in ages. I just could not agree more w everything he said, and I am so heartened by his remarks
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PostSubject: Re: LGBT Fans?   Fri May 13, 2016 12:08 am

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PostSubject: Re: LGBT Fans?   Fri May 13, 2016 11:19 am

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Hi yourself! We totally should meet up at a Jared Hart show this summer. sunny
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PostSubject: Re: LGBT Fans?   Tue Jun 14, 2016 1:53 am

Hope everyone is okay. If anybody sees Brian comment about Orlando please share it here.

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PostSubject: Re: LGBT Fans?   Thu Jul 07, 2016 2:35 pm

I was cracking up this weekend because Brian was tweeting about his man-crushes. He talked about this a little bit at the Burlington show, too.
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