To the wonderful readers and supporters of Punk Out,
I’m going to start this off by telling you a little bit about myself. My name’s Marie and I’m a young twenty-something from New York City trying to make some sort of life for myself. I’m the Editor-in-Chief here at Punk Out, and I’m really excited to be a part of something so incredible and to connect with so many different people throughout the scene in various capacities. Aside from being the Editor-in-Chief here, I’m straight, white, and female.
Say whaaat?! I’m aware that I probably seem a little out of place taking charge of the Punk Out journalistic direction given this new context, and honestly, you are completely and totally right. In fact, it has made this a really hard post for me to write for that exact reason. Though I will be upfront in saying that I’ve been an active part in the music scene for most of my life, and I’ve never faced the discrimination that many of you reading this have encountered based on your identity. I’m aware that I will never fully understand what members of the LGBTQ community go through, and I would never want to pretend that I do. I’ll just never experience that struggle. However, I AM here to state that I, as well as many other members of the Scene who identify as straight, stand in solidarity with you throughout that struggle, forever and always.
I’ve seen with my own eyes that members of our musical community can be cruel. While the most I’ve personally received shit for is simply being a woman, I’ve seen people dissed, harassed, and downright abused based on their identity, and I think that’s straight up bullshit. It happens at shows, on the internet, in normal daily situations, and it happens to fans and musicians alike. I guess you can say discrimination doesn’t discriminate, which is weird, in a way… But we here at Punk Out are here to say enough is enough.
It shouldn’t matter whether you identify as gay, straight, transgender, or bisexual. As members of the scene, and as members of the human race, we are all in this together, and it’s about time the straight community within our scene starts taking a stand for that. And for that reason, I write this open letter. I am writing to encourage you, regardless of your sexuality, to stand up for each other. We are all here because we share the same passion for music, so what sense does it make to promote hate when we all have something so massive in common? Let’s stop the hate, learn to love ourselves, and learn to love each other.
With love, gratitude, and undying support,