Kurt Cobain was a self-identifying feminist and publicly stood by his beliefs. In an Interview with Metal Express in 1994 Cobain said he grew out of liking heavy metal music because of his feminist beliefs.
“I was a big heavy mental fan for years in junior high school, and I have nothing against heavy metal fans at all, except for the most part most heavy metal is pretty sexist.”
His liberal beliefs even put him at odds with other musicians. Cobain allegedly tuned down the opportunity to tour with Guns and Roses because he thought the band’s frontman Axl Rose was racist and homophobic. It has been reported at the No On 9 benefit concert that supported the defeat of measure 9 (a statewide ordinance in Oregon that aimed to prohibit protections for LGBTQ citizens) a fan suggested the bands make up and Cobain said: “No, kid, you’re really wrong. Those people are total sexist jerks, and the reason we’re playing this show is to fight homophobia in a real small way. The guy is a fucking sexist and a racist and a homophobe, and you can’t be on his side and be on our side. I’m sorry that I have to divide this up like this, but it’s something you can’t ignore.”
His words still ring true today.