San Francisco: Maximumrocknroll, 1992. Large 4to. 144 pp., profusely illustrated, printed on newsprint. Staple-bound self-wrappers (215 by 274 mm). Covers are detached and have light creases; the newsprint is lightly yellowed, otherwise good. Item #3036
The first ever “Absolutely Queer" of Maximum Rocknroll, and likely the first substantial Queer Punk magazine ever published. Includes extensive guest commentaries, articles about openly queer bands like Fifth Column, Pansy Division, Tribe 8, Bruce LaBruce, Vaginal Creme Davis, Donna Dresch, “Punk Identity/Queer Identity,” “Coming Out: A How-To Guide,” Queer Skinheads, “Racist America Explodes,” “Political Fantasy Manipulation,” "Welcome to the Scumpit: Texas" (with details on Dallas Area, Notable Houston Discs, and Notable Austin Disks).
This first "Absolutely Queer" issue is significant: Maximum Rocknroll is a widely distribued monthly fanzine which since 1982 has supported the underground punk scene in its broadest sense. The importance of Lily Braindrop's "Coming Out of Hiding" is attested by the fact that it was reprinted in full in HOMOCORE (Toronto) #2. In Queedifenews (online), Braindrop's article is described as: "Deftly offered advice to young queer folks who were newly out. These bits of wisdom are timeless and still have relevance evennow because they are humanistic in their approach and aren't preachy or idealistic."
Also includes the monthly record, fanzine, and movie reviews, scene reports, and fan-mail and hate-mail. An extraordinary document which signals a true coming of age of nascent Queer Punk culture.