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I just went on the hunt for the photo I took of him on the night I saw him at The Echo in July 2009. I was half surprised to see that I had captioned the photo by saying he was “kind of an asshole” that night. Looking back, I remember not particularly enjoying the show because Jason was rude and dismissive on stage. It was an intimate gig with a certain amount of crowd participation, but Jason would spit venom when people would request songs. I clearly remember how we didn’t hear “I’ve Been Riding With The Ghost” – feel free to chide my choice of favourite track – and how disappointed I felt. After seeing the photo I took and reading the caption, I feel a little bit funny about calling him an asshole, particularly now I know we saw one of his final performances before he quit playing live to deal with his alcoholism. Everyone’s got a cross to bear, I guess.
I am really impressed with your treatment of this story, Stereogum. Too often non-LGBT media struggles with how to present gender transition stories (pronouns in particular) and I think you’ve done really well here.
What does it matter what she looks like?