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Dissatisfied with "bourgeois" aspects of the gay rights movement and machismo in the 1980s punk scene, young Canadians Bruce LaBruce and G.B. Jones introduced the world to the rapidly growing Toronto queer, punk scene through homemade zines and scrappy films. Before the internet, there was no way of knowing that “queercore” consisted of just two people and soon enough, their subversive creation spread beyond their bedrooms to attract actual adherents, spawning a radical underground subculture and social movement. The zines challenged the position of the new wave of punk rock that was embracing homophobic songs and excluded LGBTQ people and instead embraced radical ideas and pornography giving the reader the perception that queer punks were an international phenomenon.

Filmmaker Yony Leyser (WILLIAM S. BURROUGHS: A MAN WITHIN) documents the development of this anarchistic, alternative punk/gay culture through archival footage and extensive interviews.

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