Lynn Breedlove

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Lynn Breedlove (also known as Lynnee Breedlove) (born in Oakland, California) is an American musician, writer, and performer.

Breedlove was a founding member and lead singer of the San Francisco queercore punk band Tribe 8. One of the band's first singles was released by the queercore record label Outpunk and later releases were on the independent record label Alternative Tentacles. The band appeared on film in A Gun For Jennifer and also performed in She's Real, Worse Than Queer, and Rise Above: A Tribe 8 Documentary by Tracy Flannigan.

Breedlove has performed spoken word on Sister Spit tours, at the Michigan Womyn's Music Festival doing outreach on subjects considered controversial by most feminists, such as BDSM, femme butch culture, and trans inclusion. Tribe 8 also played at the San Francisco Transgender March, multiple Ladyfests and LGBT Pride Festivals, including Europride 2000 in Rome, Italy.

From 2000 to 2006, Breedlove co-hosted a monthly queer open mike in San Francisco called K'vetch along with Tara Jepsen.

In 2002, Breedlove's first novel, Godspeed was published by St. Martin's Press. The main character of the book was a methamphetamine-using bicycle messenger named Jim.

Godspeed is now a short film in post production[1], starring Breedlove as Jim, the antihero, Ad-Rock of the Beastie Boys as the dispatcher, and Jillian Lauren, aka Sparkle Diamonds of the LA burlesque troupe Velvet Hammer, as the hot stripper babe love interest. It features music by Lunachicks, The Gossip, KAtastrophe, D.O.A., MDC, All The Pretty Horses, Bikini Kill, Le Tigre, Blatz, and Dirtbox. Breedlove co-directs with Jen Gilomen and co-produces with Kami Chisholm, who wrote the script and is currently writing the screenplay for Godspeed the feature film.

Starting in 2004, Breedlove created the comedy solo show Lynnee Breedlove’s One Freak Show which has been touring the US, Canada, and Europe in 5 languages.

Since 2004, Breedlove often hosts Gender Pirates, a monthly benefit for the group United Genders of the Universe in San Francisco, and has hosted the Unka Lynnee Show on Pirate Cat Radio (formerly the Unka Lynnee & Aunty Cindy Show with Cindy Emch), as well as taught Unka Lynnee's Skool 4 Boyz at The Harvey Milk Insistute. The column, Unka Lynnee's Skool 4 Boyz ran for two years at On Our Backs magazine.

Breedlove's band Tribe 8 is slated for a reunion at the 3rd Annual SF Trans March in '07.


  • A Gun For Jennifer, 1996
  • She's Real, Worse Than Queer by Lucy Thane, 1997
  • Step up and be vocal: Interviews zu Queer Punk und Feminismus in San Francisco by Uta Busch und Sandra Ortmann, 2001
  • Rise Above: A Tribe 8 Documentary by Tracy Flannigan, 2003
  • Godspeed by Lynn Breedlove and Jen Gilomen, 2007 (Godspeed film website)


  • Godspeed, St. Martin's Press, 2002 ISBN 0-312-28680-5
  • Tribe 8 Official Website
  • Godspeed Film Official Website
  • Interview with Lynn Breedlove on KDVS, March 22 2006
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