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June 5, 2017

Was Kurt Cobain once arrested for spray painting “God Is Gay” on trucks when he was 19 years old? Not exactly


It’s hard to believe but it’s been 23 years since the death of Kurt Cobain, and the photo of his arrest has made the rounds with the incorrect wording at the bottom of the photo.

As a teenager, Kurt Cobain befriended a homosexual student at school, and suffered bullying from heterosexual students who concluded that Cobain was gay. In an interview he said that he liked having the identity of being gay because he did not like people and when they thought he was gay they left him alone. He stated, “I started being really proud of the fact that I was gay even though I wasn’t”. His friend tried to kiss him and Cobain backed away and told his friend he was not gay but would still be friends with him.

8th grader Kurt Cobain playing drums at an assembly at Montesano High School, 1981.

In a 1993 interview with The Advocate, Cobain claimed that he was “gay in spirit” and “probably could be bisexual.” He also stated that he used to spray paint “God Is Gay” on pickup trucks in the Aberdeen area. Police records show that Cobain was arrested for spray painting the phrase “ain’t got no how watchamacallit” on other vehicles. One of his personal journals states, “I am not gay, although I wish I were, just to piss off homophobes.”



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