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50 Years in 50 Weeks: Shirley F-in' Manson in 2016

by Jim Provenzano

Bay Area Reporter

Thursday February 17, 2022

While probably not the most historic article of 2016's arts and nightlife sections, for this writer, it was a red-letter day to interview Shirley Manson, lead singer for the band Garbage.

In advance of their Masonic Hall concert that year, instead of the usual pop music questions, Manson talked extensively about politics, feminism, and the a gay fan was invited to propose to his boyfriend onstage.

"I can't really explain why we have always felt an affiliation with our LGBT fans, but we have had a longstanding relationship and a sincere investment in their happiness, as we continue to fight for that civil rights battle," said Manson. "Whenever we see small steps taken in advancing the rights of the community, we feel joyful and happy that we took a little part in it. We took a step with that community, and we'll always have their backs."

Asked if part of their gay fandom has as much to do with the band's music, and its use of the term "queer," as with Manson being a strong woman and a rock icon, she said, "Quite recently I read an article that made total sense, sort of an epiphany. It said that LGBT people are a strong female's best friend. They want to see strong female figures do well. They're not threatened by women in a way that perhaps heterosexual communities can be."

Garbage performs June 1, 2022 at the Concord Pavilion.


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