J.D.s

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J.D.s was a queer punk zine founded in Toronto by G.B. Jones and co-published with Bruce LaBruce.

" J.D.s is seen by many to be the catalyst that pushed the queercore scene into existence", writes Amy Spencer in DIY: The Rise Of Lo-Fi Culture. J.D.s ran from 1985 to 1991, during which time eight issues were released. A cut and paste, photocopied zine, it proved influential.

After the release of the first few issues, the editors wrote a manifesto entitled "Don't Be Gay", which was featured in Maximum Rock 'N' Roll. According to Amy Spencer, "The article appeared in February 1989 and simultaneously attacked both punk and gay subcultures. Following their article, a queer punk culture did begin to emerge."

J.D.s stood for 'Juvenile Delinquents'. The editors originally called their movement "homocore" but later replaced the word 'homo' with 'queer', to disassociate themselves completely from the confines of the gay and lesbian communities' orthodoxy. G.B. Jones, interviewed in DIY: The Rise Of Lo-Fi Culture, says, "...we were just as eager to provoke the gays and lesbians as we were the punks."

The zine featured the photos and the "Tom Girl" drawings of G.B. Jones, fiction by Bruce LaBruce, and the "J.D.s Top Ten Homocore Hits", a list of queer themed songs such as "Off-Duty Sailor" by The Dicks, "Only Loved At Night" by The Raincoats, "The Anal Staircase" by Coil, "I, Bloodbrothers Be" by Shockheaded Peters, ""Homophobia" by Victims Family, "(Gimme Gimme Gimme) My Man After Midnight by The Leather Nun and many others. Groups such as Anti-Scrunti Faction were featured in the zine. Contributors included Donny The Punk, artist and zine editor Carrie McNinch, comic artist and zine editor Anonymous Boy, punk artist Regi Mentle, author Dennis Cooper, performer and zine editor Vaginal Davis and zine editors Klaus and Jena von Brucker.

In 1990, J.D.s released the first compilation of queercore songs, a cassette tape entitled J.D.s Top Ten Tape which featured songs by The Apostles, Academy 23, and No Brain Cells from the UK, Fifth Column from Canada, Bomb and Nicki Parasite (of The Parasites) from the U.S., and Gorse from New Zealand.

Also in 1990, G.B. Jones and Bruce LaBruce began presenting J.D.s movie nights in London, San Francisco, Montreal and Toronto, with the editors and various contributors showing their low budget films made on Super 8.

In 1991, G.B. Jones and associates began a new fanzine called Double Bill.

J.D.s archive on the Queer Zine Archive Project website

==- Cute story, I told Alan FallOfMan and he suggested adding here:

Slightly funny ancient punk history, and gossip….

In 1990 Bruce LaBruce put the song “Be A Fag” from my band Bomb on his JD’s zine cassette comp “J.D.s Top Ten Homocore Hit Parade Tape”, with permission. (Tom Jennings had written Bomb up in his “Homocore” zine, and Bruce found us from that.)

However, Bruce later used the song without permission, during the end credits of his film “No skin off my ass.” When I found out I asked him if we were gonna get any money (The film made a good bit of scratch in home VHS rental and theater showings). He said, “Michael, money in film is like sex with a gay man. If you don’t get anything in the front, you don’t get anything in the rear.”

I stole that line, changed “film” to “music” and used it in my first novel “Starving in the Company of Beautiful Women”, without attribution.

It’s the only time I’ve ever out and out stolen a line from anyone, but I figured I was due.


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–MWD

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