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  • “Everything I do is seen through this lens of being a queer, trans punk girl,” remarks Jayne Henson, vocalist and guitarist of Brooklyn trio GLTR PNCH. I’m sitting with Jayne, along with her bandmates -- bassist Turtle Gaurafis and drummer Vaughn McLaughlin -- over sausages and beer in the East Village following their set at ABC No Rio’s building benefit, and I’ve just asked the question of how being a queer punk intersects with their lives outside the scene. “It influences how I interact with people, and the energy that I put out to the world.”

    Jayne works as a saleswoman selling drums at Guitar Center, along with maintaining her roller derby persona, Gut-Her-Punk. On her day job: “It can be a lot of ‘dudebro’ action.” Despite being able to interact with people on the level of both being musicians, she notes the difficulties of integrating her queerness into workplace conversation: “It can get hard to interact with Joe Douche who can’t wrap his head around anything like that.” Turtle brings up all of the different types of day jobs that friends and acquaintances of the queer punk scene have -- from working at a deli to fixing computers or raising awareness of HIV -- “I love picturing [them all] queering everything that [they] do!”

    The trio unanimously agree that being part of a radical-leaning, outward scene like queer punk also allows them the gleeful privilege of calling people out and educating them outside of queer spaces -- a good opportunity for “sassy comebacks,” as Turtle calls them. “It’s good to be in a community, but it’s also great to fan out,” he mentions, “...and to think about what you’re bringing into the world,” finishes Vaughn. “Like [when I see] the asshole at the deli catcalling a woman -- I’m like, ‘Is that working out for you?’”
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