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Pansy Division's Jon Ginoli at Seattle event endorses Ref. 71
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Pansy Division's Jon Ginoli at Seattle event endorses Ref. 71

by James Whitely - SGN Contributing Writer

The founding member of Pansy Division, Jon Ginoli, is in Seattle for his new book about his experiences as a Gay rock icon and to kick off his West Coast tour.

On September 10, Ginoli read from his new book, Deflowered: My Life in Pansy Division, at Bailey/Coy Books, did a book signing for fans, and played an acoustic set. He also had something to tell SGN and its readers about the Referendum 71 campaign.

"The book is about my adventures having an out Gay rock band. I began piecing it together about 10 years ago & it took a while to remember all the good stories," Ginoli told SGN. "We started in the early '90s, so it covers a lot of ground."

Ginoli is very excited about his new book and is happy to be an author now, in addition to a songwriter.

On Referendum 71, Ginoli had one simple message for the young people of Washington State: "Get registered to vote, and vote. Not just this time, but always."

Ginoli, who was in some of the Proposition 8 demonstrations in San Francisco where he resides, doesn't want to see more rights taken away elsewhere.

Ginoli also spoke on the debate in California about campaigning for Gay marriage in 2010 versus 2012. As much as he doesn't want to wait any longer, he pointed out that, at least statistically, more voters - especially young voters - tend to make their voices heard during general elections.

"I think we should wait until 2012, during the presidential election," Ginoli told SGN.

Aside from the current movement issues, Ginoli is excited to be in Seattle. "Chris, our bass player, is from Seattle, so I'm always shown where to go," said Ginoli. "I remember the first show we played here. It was at the now long-defunct Gay bar, Tugs."

Pansy Division will be playing their kickoff show September 11 at The Fun House, 206 5th Ave. N., along with The Avengers. Doors are at 8:30 p.m., Pansy Division goes on at 10 p.m. Tickets are $14 at the door.

For more information on Pansy Division, Deflowered: My Life in Pansy Division, and the show, check out www.pansydivision.com and www.thefunhouseseattle.com.

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