Queercore, a genre that began as one of many branches of punk, began in the mid-1980s and has been slowly growing since.
It’s a cultural and social movement that ties arts (specifically music, in this case) with the concept that yes, queer people exist. It amplifies the notion that not everything is cisgendered and heterosexual.
Bands in the ’80s wrote songs with a general queer theme and/or a message that queer people are, in fact, here to stay. The Dicks, Big Boys, and Rough Trade sparked a revolution of queer music.
As we now embark on the mid-to-late 2010’s, the LGBT community is growing ever-prominent. In mainstream music, people of all walks of sexual and gender orientation are becoming increasingly outspoken. This outspoken nature bleeds into their artistry, specifically their music, and pushes the ever-so frightening gay agenda on those who disagree.
Queercore is the genre of the future. It’s the middle finger to politics and discrimination that the queer community has been trying to give for decades. With queercore and the influx of queer themes in mainstream music (see: Halsey, Troye Sivan) and in underground, lesser-known musicians, such as Limp Wrist and Butch Vs Femme, it’s simple to think that queercore is rising to prominence. Finally.