[trigger warning: homophobic slurs] The thing about Calgary was that boys didn’t really need to be gay to get called “faggot.” You only had to do something a little out of the ordinary, like grow your hair long or play the acoustic guitar. And if you were a girl, all you had to do was cut your hair short or stand up to boys and you would be called a dyke. There was one punk boy at school who had green hair; in grade ten he got beaten up so much that he transferred to the downtown school after a few months. There was danger in being different and there was safety in numbers. That’s why the straight kids who were grunge were treated the same as the gay kids. We were all fags in the eyes of our school.
— "With a Little Help from Grunge" in First Spring Grass Fire by Rae Spoon.