Henry Rollins Again Proves Himself An Awesome Gay Ally


In a post called "Gay Marriage is Punk Rock" at LA Weekly, former Black Flag frontman and perennial ally Henry Rollins celebrates marriage equality in Washington State and wonders when we'll finally be able to just call same-sex nuptials what they are: "marriage," no prefix, no suffix, no "othering."

From his piece:

Marriage equality is a term so ridiculous on its face that when you hear
it mentioned, you would think you were in Riyadh. Years from now,
perhaps we can lose the equality part, the same-sex part and call it
what it is — marriage. As much as the homophobes, an ever-thinning
herd, whines and screeches, the earth is shifting underneath their feet
and things are getting better all the time. This is going to be an
incredible century. Didn't get off to a very good start but we are
making some bold and exciting strides forward.

Rollins even predicts that there will come a day when there are no gay pride marches, writing, "One day, there will be no gay-pride parades because there simply won't
be a need for them. Years from now, those who marched will be seen as


  1. marcos says

    I’m a gay punk and I’m married to a gay punk but there is absolutely nothing at all punk rock about marriage except for making your way through a gaggle of fundies protesting. After that fleeting moment, marriage in and of itself is muzak.

  2. Yeah Right says

    I agree with Yupp, he seems like another closet case a la James Franco who constantly talks about everything gay as a way to be part of gay culture without having to admit they’re gay.

  3. Yupp says

    UFFDA : But Rollins’ schtick has always been “I’m the big bruiser straight man who is so secure in myself that I praise the gays and that makes my straight self even MORE manly” and gays are supposed to go all ga-ga over that.

  4. UFFDA says

    YUPP. Huh? What’s the matter with being a secure straight guy and supporting gay guys? Nothing. You’re inventing the kind of nonsense that makes everything suspicious.

  5. Yupp says

    No, UFFDA, I don’t feel that way about every straight (from Bruce Springsteen to Brad Pitt) who repeatedly supports gay rights. But Rollins has been doing it so heavily in such a coy way and for so long. And in such a seemingly patronizing way (like “me big straight man who protect you little sissies!”). So, I just do believe that about Rollins. Also, look at his personal life, and…how can you not think so?

  6. PG says

    @AJ – I completely agree with you. I remember being in middle school and seeing him perform on SNL and being scared and confused by my attraction to him. Love him now!

  7. UFFDA says

    YUPP – fine…but “look at his personal life” ? No way, I’ve got too much to do as it is. Celebreties bore me unless they are truly exceptional people, most rare.

  8. Darren says

    Why do gay men have to be so bitter.?
    Why does his defense immediately make him a closet case?
    Why is it sooooo important to out him.?
    How about accepting his praise and his GOOD wishes exactly for what they are and not turning it into something different.
    At least for today which has been labeled “the end”
    let’s try really hard not to have any derogatory b*t#c*y remarks.
    And if ya gotta make them “phone a friend”
    I get so tired of the obviously unhappy people leaving their unhappy remarks on here.

  9. says

    In an exclusive porn clip in my head, it’s Henry Rollins who finally subjugated the young Sonny Markham, who to this day I couldn’t find a clip of bottoming for anybody. In this private clip of mine (which only plays if I close my eyes), Henry is a rock star and Sonny is a stalker used to topping his victims.

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