Definition of queercore in US English:



  • A type of rock music derived from punk and characterized by lyrics that focus on homosexual themes or issues.

    as modifier ‘a loud queercore indie and thrash night’
    • ‘Although he's best known as the axman for enduring queercore innovators Pansy Division, Goodwin's finding that his latest side venture, fronting the metallic Dirty Power, is keeping him far busier.’
    • ‘‘You want to have the most people hear about you, but operating on the queercore circuit alone keeps you from that,’ says Ernesto Foronda, who runs Heartcore Records, a label for the buzzed-about gay bands Crowns on 45 and Running Ragged.’
    • ‘Precursors to today's riot grrl and queercore bands, they broke through and gave women in the liberation movements their own rock and roll anthems.’
    • ‘Throughout the '80s and '90s queercore bands like Team Dresch, Pansy Division and the Philly-based F80 and Size Queen offered a seething critique of mainstream and punk rock culture as they fought for visibility and queer expression.’


1990s: from queer (sense 2 of the adjective) + -core.