Louisville Magazine

SEP 2018

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LOUISVILLE MAGAZINE 9.18 83 over, that glass broke. ey didn't finish the song, but they were glad to be done with a strange, strange night. Only it wasn't over. Ledford was eating a quesadilla when a big guy with a blond buzz cut, white shirt and cargo shorts despite the late-October chill came up to her and called her a dyke. He started asking people in the crowd, which included a lot of queers, whether they were men or women. He yelled White power! and I'm a Nazi! and Trump! Trump! Trump! (e owner of the Comet confirms that this guy turned up looking for a fight.) GRLwood says he pushed people around and threatened to kill women. So Ledford flicked a cigarette directly into his eye — "I felt like I had defeated a boss in a video game," she says — and the man decked a bartender hard enough to give him a concussion. After that, the Cincinnati and Louisville chapters of Anti-Racist Action, which is a lot like Antifa, offered GRLwood protection. Forester says she was "honored," but declined. "I don't want to welcome or create a war out of this," she says. "I just want to play music." A woman who'd been there that night reached out to Forester to say that GRLwood shouldn't have given the man the violence he came looking for. "In a world of ideology, you're right: Violence is bad," Forester says. "But until words can physically protect us, it's never going to work. If you do not meet violence with violence, you're going to get very fucking hurt." b Whatever the physical setting of a GRLwood show — a dive, a stage, a basement full of moshing young women and queers — the two "Kentucky Fried Queerdos," as they sometimes call themselves, are creating space for people to be themselves, to channel all their anger through their flailing limbs — though, let's be honest, you might get hurt in a mosh pit. One big guy told Forester after a show that, because of GRLwood, he felt strong enough to defend himself when people asked why he painted his nails. Another started screaming back the lyrics of a song

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