A Study of Gothic Subculture

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Updated 3-12-2009
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The Seventh Annual Utah Gang Conference was held in April 1997. I saw a piece on the six o'clock news covering this Conference on April 10, mentioning that there were two new gangs, Straight Edge and Gothic. Concerning Gothic, they flipped through issue #19 of Propaganda magazine and mentioned that Goths were involved in heavy drug use and ritual murder and suicide. This information was so ridiculously and grossly wrong that I decided to attend the open session of the Gang Conference that night to see if they mentioned anything about Goths. Although there was no mention of the "Gothic gang" during the time I was there, I picked up several pamphlets and material on gangs. Originally, the purpose of this web site was to prove that Gothic is not a gang, but obviously, it has evolved into much more.

I was asked in January of 1999 by Michelle Arciaga of the Utah Gang Council to write an article about Goth for the 1999 Gang Conference Manual. I gladly agreed. Much of the material in this article has been taken from, or integrated into, various parts of the site. If you would like to read the article in its current incarnation, you can click here to view the pdf. Remember, this is copyrighted material. I worked very long and hard on this article. Don't steal it.