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Pansy Division is Luis Illades (from left), Jon Ginoli, Joel Reader and Chris Freeman. (File)

We loved "Pansy Division: Life in a Gay Rock Band," the documentary about America's first openly gay punk band that screened last fall at the 27th annual Reeling Lesbian and Gay International Film Festival. (The film just hit DVD.) "As much as things have changed with human rights, there is still much yet to evolve," singer Jon Ginoli told the Sun-Times in November. "There's still plenty of issues that burn us up and plenty of hypocrisy to keep singing about."

And writing about, apparently — and reading about! Chicagoist reports that Ginoli, a native of Peoria, will be reading from his new memoir, Deflowered: My Life in Pansy Division at 7 p.m. Wednesday at Quimby's Bookstore, 1854 W. North Ave.

Chicagoist says: "Deflowered begins with the band's formation and soars to heights of touring with Green Day, and dips to lows of homophobic fans and the challenges of pursuing success and acceptance in the predominantly hetero world of rock. Ginoli's memoir doesn’t miss a beat when it comes to tales of groupies, label battles, and band brawls either, so this reading is sure to be a fun one."

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