Pansy Division Co-Founder Tells All

By GLAAD |
April 22, 2009

Jon Ginoli, the openly gay guitarist and co-founder of the queercore punk band Pansy Division, is currently on a nationwide book tour, promoting his autobiography. Deflowered: My Life in Pansy Division delves into the reasons why Ginoli felt compelled to live authentically in the punk rock scene of the early '90s.

Though the band was upfront and open about their queercore sensibilities, they were still met with resistance and flat-out homophobia from many of their contemporaries. Yes, they toured with Green Day, but they also struggled with being fully accepted by the more mainstream punk rock genre.

We weren't lying when we told you he was going on a nationwide book tour. In just a few months, Ginoli will hit over 60 venues in 45 cities. That means he should be coming to your town soon!

Most events are completely free, and if you're lucky, you'll hear Ginoli give an acoustic set and see clips from the 2008 documentary Pansy Division: Life in a Gay Rock Band, directed by Michael Carmona.

Personal appearances:

April 22, 2009 @ 7:30 PM
Outwrite Books
991 Piedmont Ave., Atlanta, GA

April 23, 2009 @ 7:00 PM
Criminal Records
1154-A Euclid Ave NE, Atlanta, GA

April 24, 2009 @ 12:00 PM
Borders/Waldenbooks
190 Marietta St NW # 265 (One CNN Center), Atlanta, GA

April 25, 2009 @ 6:00 PM
Borders/Waldenbooks
2760 N Germantown Pkwy, Memphis, TN

April 27, 2009 @ 8:00 PM
The Replay Lounge
946 Massachusetts Street, Lawrence, KS

April 29, 2009 @ 7:30 PM
Tattered Cover
1628 16th Street (the LoDo store), Denver, CO

The man of the hour

April 30, 2009 @ 7:00 PM
Barnes & Noble
2915 Pearl St., Boulder, CO

May 1, 2009 @ 6:30 PM
Sam Weller's Zion Bookstore
254 South Main Street, Salt Lake City, UT

May 2, 2009 @ 7:00 PM
R5 Records
2500 16th St, Sacramento, CA

May 4, 2009 @ 7:30 AM
A Different Light
489 Castro St, San Francisco, CA

May 7, 2009 @ 7PM
Under One Roof
549 Castro St, San Francisco, CA

May 8, 2009 @ 7:30 PM
Skylight Books
1818 N Vermont Ave, Los Angeles, CA

May 9, 2009 @ 7:00 PM
The Loft Cinema
3233 E. Speedway Blvd., Tucson, AZ

Pansy Division's new CD

May 10, 2009 @ 10:00 PM
Borders
2402 East Camelback Road,  Phoenix, AZ

May 11, 2009 @ 7:00PM
University of New Mexico

May 13, 2009 @ 7:00 PM
Borders
3600 McKinney Ave, Dallas, TX

May 14, 2009 @ 6:00 PM
Borders
570 Meyerland Plaza, Houston, TX

May 15, 2009 @ 7:00 PM
Bookpeople
603 N. Lamar Blvd., Austin, TX

2008 Documentary

May 16, 2009 @ 2:00 PM
Full Circle Books
1900 Northwest Expy, Oklahoma City, OK

May 17, 2009 @ 6:00 PM
Kirby's Beer Store
3227 E 17th St N, Wichita, KS

May 18, 2009 @ 6:00 PM
Barnes & Noble
420 W 47th Street, Kansas City, MO

May 19, 2009 @ 5:30 PM
Euclid Records
601 East Lockwood, St. Louis, MO

May 19, 2009 @ 7:00 PM
Left Bank Books
399 N. Euclid, St. Louis, MO

May 20, 2009  @ 7:00 PM
Carmichaels Bookstore
2720 Frankfort Ave., Louisville, KY

May 21, 2009 @ 6:30 PM
Barnes & Noble
500 S. Main Street, Detroit/Royal Oak, MI

May 22, 2009 @ 6:30 PM
Aroma Cafe
118 N. Neil, Champaign, IL

May 26, 2009 @ 7:00 PM
Tool Shed
2427 N Murray Ave., Milwaukee, WI

May 28, 2009 @ 7:00 PM
Barnes & Noble
3333 Oakview Dr, Omaha, NE

May 30, 2009 @ 8:00 PM
Queer Documentary Film Festival
Portland, OR

June 5
Rebel Reading Series Event at The Knockout
3223 Mission St, San Francisco, CA

June 6
Pansy Division + Deflowered performance
Yerba Buena
701 Mission Street, San Francisco, CA

If you can't make it to any of these appearances in person, Deflowered is in stores now, retailing at $16.95. Cleis Press is the publisher. For more of their titles, click here.

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