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issue #164 of "The Advocate: Touching Your Lifestyle" - formerly "The Los Angeles Advocate" (May 21, 1975) published by David B. Goodstein and Liberation Publications out of San Mateo, California. A large, left-folded newspaper containing 64 pages including the 20-page insert "Trader Dick."

Containing news, articles, interviews, columns, vintage advertisements, classified ads (many with beefcake photos), and photographs. Features include:

"California Senate Votes Yes" by George Mendenhall ("In a dramatic tie-breaking vote, the Lieutenant Governor voted for the consenting sex bill causing it to pass the Senate")

"Shapp Takes the Lead" by Sasha Gregory-Lewis ("The governor of Pennsylvania has issued an executive order banning job discrimination; it's the first such order by a governor and the highest level of rights protection yet")

"Grasso Gets Nervous" by Shelley Singer ("Connecticut's Governor Grasso expressed 'serious reservations' and the rights bill died on the floor of the House")

"Photo Essay: Working the Lobby" by Crawford Barton ("The ADVOCATE's staff photographer spent three days with lobbyist George Raya, recording the efforts that helped to create a Senate victory for the California bill")

"Protest Photojournalism" ("Bettye Lane covers social issues for Time, Newsweek, Ms., People and the ADVOCATE")

 

 

issue #166 of "The Advocate: Touching Your Lifestyle" - (June 18, 1975) published by David B. Goodstein and Liberation Publications out of San Mateo, California. Features

include:

"It Looks Like a Fight on AB 489" by George Mendenhall ("California's recently-passed consensual sex bill may be put to a referendum if a coalition of Christian conservatives has its way");

"NBC Affiliate Chooses Gay Woman" ("Ellen B. Davis has become a gay news resource person in a victory for media activism in Boston");

"Gay Studies: Into History's Mainstream" by Randy Shilts ("College courses lift gay perspectives from veiled footnotes to valued contributions in all disciplines");

"Brown Babies Boogie On" by Christopher Stone ("Ruth sings low, June sings high, Bonnie sings over Ruth and Anita sings under June. The Pointer Sisters tell about it");

"Cruisers Covered in TIMES" by Cliff Jahr ("Freelancer describes behind-the-scenes navigating in print-media breakthrough");

"Pulling the Covers" by George Whitmore ("Prisoners' rights advocate David Rothenberg talks about his activism, sexuality, and a vanished albatross").

 

 

issue #168 of "The Advocate: Touching Your Lifestyle" - (July 16, 1975). The stated "Southern California Edition" (containing the same contents as the national edition, but with a redesigned front cover), a large, left-folded newspaper containing 76 pages including the 28-page insert "Trader Dick."

Features include:

"Special Report: Summer Travel" including the following articles:

"Provincetown - As Far As You Can Go" by George DeWoody

"The Playwright's Theatre" by Donnell Stoneman

"Montreal: Two Views"

"Outdoor Eating" by James Armstrong

"Summer In New York" by Cliff Jahr

"Fire Island's No Fantasy" by Robert Buttry

"Gay Ranching in Big Sky Country" by Aristide Laurent

"Doing the Saugatuck Dunes" by Joe Baker

"Shakespeare in Oregon" by James Armstrong

"Guide to California Sun-Worshiping"

"Sausalito - Playtown With A View" by Shelley Singer

"Renaissance Pleasure Faire: Photo Essay"

"Gearing Up for the California Battle" ("Californians are raising money and support for a political fight against the referendum effort - a battle that may have national ramifications")

"Maine Passes Sodomy Repeal" ("It was part of a revised criminal code and it was an easy pass, 123 to 18 in the House, voice vote in the Senate")

"A Suggestion from Chief Davis" ("L.A.'s police chief declined a polite invitation to celebrate Gay Pride Week, saying he would only celebrate 'Gay Conversion Week'")

"Exclusive: Explosive Church Report" ("A Committee of Roman Catholic Theologians is quietly circulating a report that challenges the church's stand on gay people")

 

 

Issue #172 of "The Advocate: Touching Your Lifestyle" - (September 10, 1975). A large, left-folded newspaper containing 72 pages including the 24-page insert "Trader Dick."

Features include:

"Special Report: Work" including the following articles:

"Introduction" by Arnie Kantrowitz

"Gay Artist: Erotic Work in the Redwoods" by George DeWoody (artist Sharon Pearson interviewed)

"Professional Caucuses" by Randy Shilts

"Working in the Closet" by Joe Parisi

"Feminist Perspective: Woman's Work" by Shelley Singer

"Service Work"

"Tandem Hypnotists" by Christopher Stone

"Gay Cops" by David Rothenberg

"Muther Truckers!" by John Zeh

"Government Work" by Pam Strandberg

"Burning Hair" by Christopher Stone

"Hotlanta Atlanta" by Charles Morel

"Doing Atlanta" by Steve Warren

"Integrity's 'Great Moment'" by Worley and Margaret Rodehaver ("The gay Episcopalian group held its first national meeting in Chicago, keynoted by an internationally known theologian")

"2,500 Attend MCC Co nvention" by Rob Shivers ("It was the biggest meeting ever, with delegates from eight countries and every part of the U.S.")

"Seattle Passes Housing Rights" ("The new ordinance was proposed by the Seattle Women's Commission and the Human Rights Commission and passed by a vote of 5 to 4")

"IRS: Double-Whammy for Pride" ("The Internal Revenue Service has granted the Pride Foundation a tax exemption - if it doesn't do what it was organized to do")

 

 

Issue #174 of "The Advocate: Touching Your Lifestyle" - (October 8, 1975). A large, left-folded newspaper containing 72 pages including the 24-page insert "Trader Dick."

Features include:

"Special Report: Building a Gay Politic - The San Francisco Model" including the following articles:

"Introduction" by Sasha Gregory-Lewis

"Interviews With Three Candidates" by George Mendenhall (Richard Hongisto, Joe Freitas, John Molinari)

"The King-Makers" by David Goodstein

"Office-by-Office Election Roundup" by George Mendenhall

"Season Preview: New York Stage" including the following articles:

"The Broadway Season" by Donnell Stoneman

"TOSOS - The Other Side of Silence" by Vito Russo

"The Boys on the Boards" by Donnell Stoneman

"NYC Rights Bill Killed" by George Whitmore ("Intro 554 didn't make it out of committee this year, and the opposition was identical to last year's")

"California Job Rights Defeated" by George Mendenhall ("It's one out of two for the state this year; the Foran job rights bill lost 48-22, despite hopes that it would be carried along by the earlier passage of a consensual sex bill")

"Advocate Interview: Mae West" by Christopher Stone ("The 'sexiest woman in the world' is still young, she says, because all she thinks about is 'sex and health, in that order'; she's also an ADVOCATE fan and has been doing her bit for gay rights for 50 years")

 

 

Issue #175 of "The Advocate: Touching Your Lifestyle" - (October 22, 1975). A large, left-folded newspaper containing 88 pages including the 32-page insert "Trader Dick."

Features include:

"Special Report: Gay Parents" including the following articles:

"Sandy & Madeline" by Randy Shilts

"Whatever Makes Him Happy" by Christopher Stone

"Lesbian Mother: A Photo Album" by Karen Becker

"Planned Parenthood"

"Gay Fathers Unlimited" by Dean Gengle

"Justice for Gay Parents" by Don Knutson

"Help Us Out" by Karl Maves

"Lesbian Mothers Defense Fund"

"Do I Want A Child?" by Arnie Kantrowitz

"Alternative Parenthood"

"Parent Research"

"New York" including the following articles:

"East Side" by Donnell Stoneman

"West Side" by George Whitmore

"And The Village" by Vito Russo

"I'll Take New York" by Arnie Kantrowitz

"You Can Have It" by Joe Parisi

"Toronto: A British City"

"Sipple: Hero Sues the Press" by George Mendenhall ("He saved the President's life, and now he's suing the San Francisco Chronicle, the Chicago Sun-Times and the Denver Post for invasion of privacy")

"Organizing the Gay Middle Class" by Randy Shilts ("Seattle's Dorian Group is a case in point, a harbinger of what could be the biggest trend to hit the gay movement since Stonewall")

"13 Governors on Gay Rights" by Keith Clark ("The Philadelphia Gay Raiders have undertaken a survey of U.S. Governors' attitudes on rights - here are the results so far")

 

issue #177 of "The Advocate: Touching Your Lifestyle" - (November 19, 1975) . A large, left-folded newspaper containing 76 pages including the 28-page insert "Trader Dick."

Features include:

"Special Report: Skiing" including the following articles:

"Utah" by Robert I. McQueen

"Colorado" by Steve Badeau

"New England"

"The Northwest"

"Europe" by Michael Leech

"The Sierras" by Jim O'Brien

"Ski Equipment for Beginners"

"Cross-Country Skiing" by Randy Shilts

"Dallas Football Weekend" by George DeWoody

"Jockwatching" by Arnie Kantrowitz

"Shapp Vetoes Anti-Gay Bill" by Keith Clark ("The Pennsylvania governor has exercised his veto power against a repressive employment bill, but a strong veto override is taking shape in the state legislature")

"Federal Conference: A Show of Unity" by David L. Aiken ("Nearly 400 politically-diverse gay women and men attended the recent Conference on the Federal Government and Gays, and they had no trouble agreeing on goals for 1976")

"Intrigue and Danger in Franco's Spain" by Mark Thompson ("ADVOCATE reporter Thompson followed a well-covered trail to meet with Spain's underground activists - all six of them")

"Interview: Sidney Lumet" ("The director of Dog Day Afternoon says it's the 'toughest picture' he's ever made")

 

 

Issue #181 of "The Advocate: Touching Your Lifestyle" - (January 14, 1976). A large, left-folded newspaper containing 68 pages including the 20-page insert "Trader Dick."

Features include:

"A special interview by Vito Russo, starring Lily Tomlin, with Edith Ann and Ernestine, co-starring Boogie Woman, The Fame Fairy, a 1956 Corvette, and 14 tourists from Fairfield, Connecticut"

"Special Report: Winter Vacations" including the following articles:

"South of the Border" by George DeWoody

"Down Mexico (City) Way" by Bill Rushton

"New Orleans Mardi Gras" by Etienne Somme

"Or Maybe Mobile" by Bill Rushton

"And Briefly, Under the Sun" (two-page male beefcake photospread)

"Inside Europe When It's Cold Outside" by Michael Leech

"Tour Guide"

"Interview: Poet Emilio Cubeiro" by Donnell Stoneman ("The words flow without punctuated interruption in this interview/poetry reading")

"The Rocky Horror Picture Show" ("A review with pictures of yet another film version of Frank N. Furter's monster; this one's a 'transvestite-gay-bisexual' musical comedy")

"GAU: Gay Teachers/Gay Books" by David Aiken ("The Gay Academic Union's conference this year covered topics ranging from the problems of coming out to the success of feminist publishers")

"BAGL" by Randy Shilts ("It's not delicatessen, it's Bay Area Gay Liberation - an organization of militant activists seeking 'to unite gay women and men of all races in common stru ggle'")

 

 

issue #182 of "The Advocate: Touching Your Lifestyle" - (January 28, 1976). A large, left-folded newspaper containing 68 pages including the 20-page insert "Trader Dick."

Features include:

"Mr. America" by Randy Shilts ("The saga of Peter Caputo: 1971 All-Around Mr. America, now unemployed in San Francisco, but still dreaming of the Mr. Universe Title")

Special Feature "It's Been 200 Years: A Bicentennial look at our history" with the following articles:

"Gay Americans" by Len Evans

"Women" by Shelley Singer

"Native Americans" by Dean Gengle

Special Feature "Involvement '76: Kicking off the ADVOCATE's election year political coverage" with the following articles:

"Making It in the System" by Sasha Gregory-Lewis

"On the Way to the Convention"

"What Gay People Can Do"

"Interview: Artist David Hockney" by Mark Thompson ("Enfant terrible or nice guy? This pop artist experiences what pleases him, then moves on"

"New Twist on Discharge" by George Mendenhall ("The Navy is trying to enforce a news blackout on its discharge proceedings against bike club president Dennis Beller")

"Opera Review" by John Schauer ("San Francisco's 1975 season had its fair share of theatrically effective moments, but something was missing")

 

issue #183 of "The Advocate: Touching Your Lifestyle" -(February 11, 1976). A large, left-folded newspaper containing 72 pages including the 24-page insert "Trader Dick."

Features include:

"Special Section: Gay in the Country - The ADVOCATE takes a look at gay men and women living in rural America" with the following articles:

"Away from the World's Clank" ("'No matter how prepared you are, you're still not ready.' Tony Newburgh and Richard Norath talk about the things they learned while settling in on their 20 acres")

"Portfolio" ("Lynda Koolish is a country woman who photographs people - mostly at work, mostly in the country")

"Keep the Fires Going" ("Or you don't get warm. Elwa's activist communards find sanctuary from the city treadmill")

"Snoop Not..." ("In Cut And Shoot, Texas. It isn't a joke, it's home for 300 people; but why would a gay person want to live there?")

"Where Roosters Crow All Night" ("An ADVOCATE staff member recalls the culture-shock of moving from Chicago to a small ranch, where she made some interesting discoveries")

"Can't Keep Anything Quiet..." ("Gib Preston, former Young Americans for Freedom leader, went public in America's pea and lentil capital and lived to tell the story")

"Outrageous" ("Country costumes for the well-equipped rustic")

"Interview: Valerie Harper" by Vito Russo ("Living proof that the world is changing for the better, Valerie Harper cuts through the rhetoric")

"Senate Bill 1" ("A proposal for a new federal crime code, which has been dubbed an 'unparalleled disaster for the system of individual rights in the United States'")

 

Issue #184 of "The Advocate: Touching Your Lifestyle" - (February 25, 1976). A large, left-folded newspaper containing 68 pages including the 28-page insert "Trader Dick."

Containing news, articles, interviews, columns, vintage advertisements, classified ads (many with beefcake photos), and photographs. Features include:

"Special Report: Alcoholism" ("Alcohol is a national pastime and a national menace. A new, controversial study says one out of every three gay bar patrons is an alcoholic or a 'high risk,' and indicates the gay subculture is an alcoholism breeding-ground. What are some of the signs of alcoholism? What are the identifiable stages in its development? What does it do to your mind, your body and your sex life? How can it be treated? This report may give you or someone close to you the answers you need")

"L.A. Vice Squad on Trial" ("Deputy Mayor Weiner is on trial for groping a vice cop. The question is, how did it just 'happen' that both the deputy mayor and the entire Hollywood vice squad showed up at the same porno theater on the same night that the Police Commission approved the hiring of gay police?")

"Publisher Announces ADVOCATE Invitational Conference" ("The conference is scheduled for Chicago, Mar. 27. Its objective, says publisher David B. Goodstein, is 'to create the fund-raising capability to support an office in Washington, D.C. to lobby for federal civil rights for gay people' and to discuss the purposes, policies and organization of the lobbying office")

"Gay Was Okay Until She Made Drill Sergeant" ("Miriam Ben Shalom did everything but wear an 'I am a dyke' T-shirt, but for more than a year, the Army Reserves didn't seem to care. Then she became the first woman drill sergeant in the 84th Division. Her success - and publicity - gave the Army second thoughts about her openness. Discharge proceedings are underway, and her newly-established Foundation for Minority Rights is preparing for a battle")

"Boston: 'Our Persons Are Handsomer'" ("Cotton Mather called it an 'Emblem of Hell' possessed by Satan. That was three centuries ago - and Beantown is still a great place for a gay good time, whether it's cruising the Charles River Esplanade, dancing in a disco, barhopping, ethnic dining, or just checking out the tourist attractions in one of the nation's oldest cities")

"Interview: Johnny Mathis" ("After 20 years in show business, he's beginning to relax and enjoy life. He finds golf 'all-consuming' and spends as much time cooking as he does singing. Everything he does, he does quietly, in a private way - including his large contributions to the L.A. Gay Community Services Center")

 

 

issue #185 of "The Advocate: Touching Your Lifestyle" - (March 10, 1976). A large, left-folded newspaper containing 68 pages including the 28-page insert "Trader Dick."

Containing news, articles, interviews, columns, vintage advertisements, classified ads (many with beefcake photos), and photographs. Features include:

"Are Gay Rights Laws Paper Tigers?" ("About one million gay Americans now live in areas where gay rights laws are in effect. But so far, few have taken advantage of their legal protections; and in those cities where people do file discrimination complaints, the laws sometimes prove ineffective. Some of them are confusing. Some cannot be enforced. Sometimes it's hard to prove discrimination. And then, of course, filing a complaint means coming out publicly")

"Involvement '76: Presidential Trial Balloons" ("Just about everyone seems to be running for President Ford's job at the White House, but they're not offering nitty-gritty commentary on issues. Instead of issues, they're peddling what amounts to a lot of hot air. The ADVOCATE was, however, able to pin seven of them down on gay rights, and a handful are offering damned good promises to women and gay people")

"The Pope's New Clothes" ("But the robes are a hoax, the Pope is naked, and the crowd knows it. The Pope's recent Declaration on Certain Questions Concerning Sexual Ethics, and the responses to it, are a variation on the Hans Christian Anderson story of the emperor who bought a nonexistent set of miraculous robes that were said to remain invisible to the unworthy. Everyone went along with the hoax, until a little child shouted from the crowd, 'But the emperor has nothing on at all!'")

"Interview: Dave Kopay" ("'I was successful. I was tough. And all the time, I knew I loved men.' So when the Washington Star wanted his story to lend credibility to a series about gay athletes, the former pro-football player decided to come out in print. Why? 'I realize there are other people like me, younger people especially, who need to know the truth...It would have helped me to know there were others.' And although he isn't being offered any coaching jobs, his coming out 'has opened a lot of new opportunities'")

"Washington, D.C." ("The nation's capital is a city owned by no one but decorated by all. Where in this vast stage set can we find our own 'monuments'? Where are all the gay people? In the government agencies and 'especially up on Capitol Hill,' you 'won't have any trouble finding them' or finding things to do - whether it's visiting your congressperson to lobby for gay rights or spending a night on the town")

"Susan Brownmiller on All Kinds of Rape" ("The author of the best-seller Against Our Will tells The ADVOCATE why she wrote the definitive book on rape - 'I felt it was worth spending a good part of my life trying to correct the historical record.' She also shares some personal thoughts on lesbians, gay men, aggression, pornography, bondage, sado

masochism, Freud, and 'sleeping with the enemy.' Included: a review of the book")

 

issue #187 of "The Advocate: Touching Your Lifestyle"(April 7, 1976). A large, left-folded newspaper containing 80 pages including the 32-page insert "Trader Dick."

Containing news, articles, interviews, columns, vintage advertisements, classified ads (many with beefcake photos), and photographs. Features include:

"Texas Paradox: Tower 'Yes,' Jordan 'Maybe'" ("He is a conservative Republican known for right-wing oratory and opposition to civil rights legislation. She is a liberal Democrat and a supporter of civil rights. Guess which one is expressing support of the federal gay rights bill - wrong. Senator John Tower is leaning toward cosponsorship of the bill in the Senate. Barbara Jordan, on the other hand, has so far refused to be a cosponsor in the House. Still, she does seem to be moving from a flat 'no' to a more open position")

"In San Francisco: Milk Gets Canned But Keeps on Running" (an article on, and interview of, Harvey Milk: "It's time we had a gay person in office")

"Vassar - Whatever Happened to The Group?" ("For a number of years, Vassar has been widely known as a supposedly gay school. The reputation got started with Mary McCarthy's The Group, and picked up in 1969, when Vassar went coed. The predominately female college, with its lack of oppressively macho atmosphere, has appealed to large numbers of gay men. But publicity has brought reaction, and the gay future of Vassar is somewhat uncertain now")

"April Fool!: You Pay More Taxes for Fewer Benefits" ("All legally single people pay more to the IRS every year, but Uncle Sam plays a special joke on gay Americans, a two-part joke the government perpetrates against us with our own money. First, our incomes are taxed at rates up to 20 per cent higher than those for married Americans. And second, of the government services and benefits financed by those taxes, gay people get 30 per cent less than heterosexuals")

"Another 'Eden' Epic from Roy Dean" ("Review with Pictures")

"Special Report: Pop Music" containing the following articles:

"What's Gay About It?"

"Strictly Between the Lines"

"An Interview with Bob Crewe"

"Rock Women: Heading Where?"

"The Rise and Fall of Valentino"

"Ted Nugent: He's Nauseated"

"Disco Update"

 

 

issue #188 of "The Advocate: Touching Your Lifestyle" - (April 21, 1976). A large, left-folded newspaper containing 72 pages including the 32-page insert "Trader Dick."

Containing news, articles, interviews, columns, vintage advertisements, classified ads (many with beefcake photos), and photographs. Features include:

"Low Blow from the High Court" ("It was an effort to establish a landmark Supreme Court ruling - and it backfired. The court has now upheld the rights of states to pass laws against private homosexual acts between consenting adults, a ruling that is likely to make it difficult to challenge such laws through the courts, but which may have less effect on legislative repeal efforts. In its decision, the court took no arguments and issued no explanation. It merely affirmed, in a one-sentence statement, the negative decision of a lower court")

"Conference Lays Groundwork for Federal Lobby" ("Representatives of nearly two dozen gay rights organizations met in Chicago and created a new organization to lobby Congress for full gay civil rights. Despite attempts by some conferees to scrap the planned agenda and reconvene another meeting free from ADVOCATE sponsorship, the conference stayed with the original agenda, achieved consensus on most of the goals and many of the structural elements of the new federal lobby office, and pledged $66,000 toward the first year's budget")

"Crimes Against Women" ("The recent International Tribunal on Crimes Against Women, unlike the U.N.-sponsored women's conference in Mexico City last summer, was officially ignored but kept afloat by volunteer energy, loans and donations. The tribunal, meeting in Brussels, considered issues untouched in Mexico City - lesbian oppression, gynecological abuses, abortion and femicide. Among the concrete proposals: an international feminist network, an international feminist newsletter and a lesbian communications network")

"Special Report: V.D." ("Half the male syphilis victims in the U.S. are gay, and every 30 seconds throughout this year, a gay man will contract gonorrhea. But even though V.D. is a serious threat to the gay male community - the incidence of V.D. among gay women being almost nonexistent - the health professions are ignoring the problem, refusing to recognize the hazards of V.D. in the throat and rectum, and continuing to harass and intimidate those who admit homosexual contacts")

"Roller Derby - A Photo Essay" ("Andrew Epstein's 'affair with ball bearings' started at a tender age, so when he grew up he decided to write the story on Roller Derby - 'one of those overpriced photo books that looks great on your chrome-and-glass coffee table.' He lived with, traveled with and photographed the skaters for several months, and along with his striking action and repose photos, he makes some striking observations about this 'soap opera on wheels' and some of its stars")

"Interview: Marjoe" ("Marjoe Gortner found a unique way to break into show business - he made a full-length, Academy Award-winning documentary admitting that his life as an evangelist was a hoax. 'Doing the film was like an exorcism. It was a very heavy thing for me to do - to admit that I didn't believe in what I was doing.' Soon he was off the pulpit and before the cameras, playing murderers, junkies and gun-toters on television")

 

 

ALTERNATE

 

The premiere issue of the very short-lived but splendidly produced "Alternate: What's Happening In Your World" (Vol. 1 #1, November 1977) published by John Embry and Alternate Publishing Company out of San Francisco and West Hollywood, California. A quality, glossy stapled Newsweek-size magazine containing 68 pages including front and rear covers. The publication was devoted to gay and lesbian news, articles, photospreads, community resources, and reviews, well-illustrated with drawings, artwork and photographs.

 

Highlights of this issue include:

*article "The Fireworks Behind The Bowl Benefit" (on the ill-fated Star-Spangled Night to benefit the Save Our Human Rights Foundation at which Bette Midler, Richard Pryor, Lily Tomlin, and others, performed);

*article "The Celebration That Almost Was" (focusing on Richard Pryor's performance and vitriolic comments on-stage at the above Bowl benefit; his statements on stage are reprinted verbatim);

*article "Tracking Down Anita's Source" (on Anita Bryant);

*article "A Pansy Is A Flower, Not A Fruit...";

*news update "Troy [Perry's] $100,000 Fast";

*photospread of the Second Annual Gay Rodeo in Reno, Nevada;

*article "Gay Collaborators" by John Rechy;

*lengthy article, well-illustrated with photos, entitled "Stonewall: Was It Really Eight Years Ago?";

*article "It Started With Stonewall" by Jim Kepner (from ONE, Inc.);

*anonymous article "I Was a Gay Vice Cop";

*photospread "Ye 1977 Renaissance Faire";

*article on the Nazi extermination of homosexuals; *much more.

 

 

The second issue of the very short-lived but splendidly produced "Alternate: What's Happening In Your World" (Vol. 1 #2, December 1977) published by John Embry and Alternate Publishing Company out of San Francisco and West Hollywood, California. A quality, glossy stapled Newsweek-size magazine containing 76 pages including front and rear covers.

 

Highlights of this issue include:

*lengthy news update "Anita: Back on the Stump" (with a half-page photograph of poor Anita after receiving a cream-pie in the face);

*news article "A Tough Campaign, a Sweet Victory in S.F." (on Harvey Milk's election victory as San Francisco Supervisor in the newly-created 5th District);

*article "Blue Collar Gays";

*article "Jock: The Newest Religion" (on gay men working out, with four photos);

*photospread "Play Ball!" (on the Gay World Series, with photos);

*news article "The Great Slave Auction" (an innocent fundraiser busted by the LAPD; with five photos);

*article simply called "Politics" (on Harvey Milk's election victory);

*article "Polk: A Celebration Lost" (gay Halloween on Polk Street in San Francisco, with six photos);

*article on and interview of gay filmmakers Sam and Joe Gage (with three photos);

*article and photospread "'Encore' Benefit, D.C." (with five photographs of the stars: Tom Gauger, Gloria Steinem, Dave Kopay, Gotham, Barbara Cook, and Cassie Culver);*much more.

 

 

The third issue of the very short-lived but splendidly produced "Alternate: What's Happening In Our [note subtitle change from "Your" to "Our"] World" (Vol. 1 #3, February 1978)

 

Highlights of this issue include:

*article and photospread "The Year That Was";

*cover story "Woman of the Year: Anita Jane Bryant";

*short article "Thank God For Anita" by Fred Halsted ("She's terrific and has been the biggest boon for homosexuals since Crisco");

*article on the black gay community entitled "Nigger Queers" (with artpiece by Bill Schmeling);

*lengthy film and stage reviews (with photos);

*article, with photos, on the huge "Night Flight" party held at the Gay Community Center in San Francisco;

*Quentin Crisp interviewed ("All you need for happiness is a toothbrush");*much, much more.

 

 

The fourth issue of the very short-lived but splendidly produced "Alternate: What's Happening In Our World" (Vol. 1 #4, 1978) published by John Embry and Alternate Publishing Company out of San Francisco and West Hollywood, California.

 

Highlights of this issue include:

*article on and interview of Josette Mondanaro entitled "Going To The Wall: Josette Mondanaro Takes on the Capitol and Wins";

*article "Constitutional Convention: A Call from the Right" (on the right-wing "Americans for a Constitutional Convention" whose main impetus was to outlaw abortion entirely);

*article "Attack on the 'Body Politic'" (on the much-harassed and now defunct Canadian gay publication);

*photospread featuring the magnificent photography of Efren Convento Ramirez (with seven photos);

*article "Banned From Air Play" (on the FCC decision to shut down the only gay "pirate" radio station KDHS in San Francisco);

*news report on the murder of Sal Mineo;

*article "The Boy Who Would Be Pharoh" (on Tutankhamun);

*article on gender roles entitled "Of Queens, Coronations, and Abdications!" ("Being a 'Queen' is a privilege and rare gift...like Divine Right!")

*article and photospread on white water rafting along the Colorado River;

*article "The Sodom Syndrome" (on the dangerous religious view that gays play a pivotal role in ushering in the End Times);*much, much more.

 

 

The fifth issue of the very short-lived but splendidly produced "Alternate: What's Happening In Our World" (Vol. 1 #5, 1978) published by John Embry and Alternate Publishing Company out of San Francisco and West Hollywood, California. A quality stapled Newsweek-size magazine with glossy covers containing 68 pages including front and rear covers.

 

Highlights of this issue include:

*lengthy article, with photos, entitled "Exiles in Paradise" (on gay and lesbian runaway street youth);

*Special Gay Sports feature with two articles, with photos, the first entitled "Physical Education: A Survey of College Athletes" and the second "[The] International Union of Gay Athletes";

*lengthy ballet review entitled "Buck Nijinsky Rides Again!" (with three photos);

*article "New York's Gay Anarchists" (with photo);

*lengthy interview of Dusty Springfield (with two lovely photographs, one full-page);

*article "The Politics of Punk Rock" (with two photos);*much, much more.

 

 

Sixth issue of the very short-lived but splendidly produced "Alternate" (Vol. 1 #6, 1978) published by John Embry and Alternate Publishing Company out of San Francisco and West Hollywood, California. Edited by John Rowberry, a quality stapled Newsweek-size magazine with glossy covers and pages containing 68 pages including front and rear covers.

 

The publication was devoted to gay and lesbian news, articles, photospreads, community resources, and reviews, well-illustrated with drawings, artwork and photographs. Highlights of this issue include:

 

*article "[The] Kinsey Report: Stereotypes Shattered" ;

*article "Briggs' Billion Dollar B-" (on California State Senator John Briggs, whose Proposition 6 - the infamous "Briggs Initiative" - would have denied homosexuals teaching positions);

*article "Sexploiting the Dallas Cowboys" (with photos);

*article "The Prison Gangs! Who Really Runs American Prisons?" ;

*three-page cartoon layout entitled "Beau" by artist Bill Ward ;

*lengthy article, well illustrated with photos, entitled "Women on Record" (on Olivia Records);

*article "Looking for a Class Murder" (on Arthur Bell and his investigation into the John Knight hustler murder case);

*three-page photospread "Roundup in Reno: 3rd Annual Gay Rodeo" ;

*tasteful four-page male nude layout from photographer Charles Collum .

 

 

Seventh issue of "Alternate: The American Magazine of Sexual Politics" (Vol. 1 #7, December 1978) published by John Embry and Alternate Publishing Company out of San Francisco and West Hollywood, California. Edited by John Rowberry, a quality stapled Newsweek-size magazine with glossy covers and a mixture of glossy and non-glossy internal pages containing 68 pages including front and rear covers.

 

*article "The Milk Train Won't Stop Here Anymore" (on the assassination of Harvey Milk: "You could say there were three deaths that tragic morning: liberal pro-gay San Francisco Mayor George Moscone, upfront gay supervisor Harvey Milk, and right-wing, homophobic, pro-death penalty ex-Supervisor Dan White");

*article "Getting Violent: Gays on the Defensive" ;

*article "Hear Comes the Band!" (with photos, on San Francisco's "Gay Freedom Day Marching Band & Twirling Corps");

*article "Fanta Sex: Liberating the American Sexual Dream" ;

*conclusion of article "The Prison Gangs! Sex Behind Bars" ;

*three-page cartoon strip "The Adventures of Beau" by artist Bill Ward ;

*exercise article "New Bodies for Old" (with photos);

*four-page male fashion layout ;

*article on and interview of puppeteer, actor, singer, designer, and craftsman Winston Tong (with photos);

*article on Billy Hayes and "Midnight Express" (with photos);

*article "Holier Than Thou" by Daniel Curzon (he writes sarcastically, "Gay atheists are always hunchbacked and given to shoplifting. They are atheists because they were raised in strict religious environments and are trying to get revenge. They commonly drink the blood of newborn lizards and break wind every time they hear the name of the Pope...").

 

 

Eighth issue of "Alternate: The American Magazine of Sexual Politics" (#8, January 1979) published by John Embry and Alternate Publishing Company out of San Francisco and West Hollywood, California. Edited by John Rowberry, a quality stapled Newsweek-size magazine with glossy covers and a mixture of glossy and non-glossy internal pages containing 68 pages including front and rear covers.

 

*exclusive article "With Intent to Kill: The Arrest of David Likens" ;

*article "Investigating the Police: The Threat Against Gays" by activist Jean O'Leary ;

*article on gays wearing police drag on the streets and in bars, and LAPD's angry reaction entitled "Unlawful Impressions" ("Los Angeles' para-military police happily give vent to all their pent-up homophobe emotions when coming upon gay uniform enthusiasts done up in high-police drag");

*delightful two-page "It's Award Time!" (including the "Poetic Justice Award - To confessed assassin Dan White..." and "Let 'Em Eat Unleavened Bread Award - To ultra-rightwing homophobe Jerry Falwell...");

*three-page cartoon strip "Beau" by artist Bill Ward ;

*book excerpt "The Boston Sex Scandal" by John Mitzel (with photos);

*article "Exuming Pasolini" (on the films, life, and death of Pier Paolo Pasolini, with photos);

*splendid article and photospread "Gay Photography" featuring representative works of photographers Efren Ramirez, Crawford Barton, Jeff Clark, Roberta Dill, Hal Fischer, Sandra Graham, Ginny Lloyd, Robert Opel, Blair Paltridge, Greg Reeder, and Fisher Ross .

 

 

Ninth issue of "Alternate: The American Magazine of Sexual Politics" (#9, May/June 1979) published by John Embry and Alternate Publishing Company out of San Francisco and West Hollywood, California. Edited by John Rowberry, a quality stapled Newsweek-size magazine with glossy covers and pages containing 68 pages including front and rear covers.

 

 

*article "The Rise of The Third Wrong: David Duke and the New Klan" by Penni Kimmel (on the Ku Klux Klan, with six photographs);

*article "Sin & Redemption In Austin" by Steven Saylor (on the arrest, trial, and conviction of Billy Ray Green);

*article "Bare Bottom Boys" by John Bauhaus (on male erotic dancers, with illustration by Harry Bush);

*article "The Thing That Ate the Advocate" by Dean Gengle (a "Discordian critique" of "The Advocate Experience");

*short story "Fallen Idylls" by Martin Wong ;

*short story "Heathcliff in Italy" by E.A. Sklepowich ;

*cartoon series "Beau" by artist Bill Ward ;

*article "4 Faeries 4" by James Armstrong (on the performance of "Nutcracker" by the San Francisco Ballet Company, with five photos);

*lengthy review of the recently published book "Lovers" by Michael Denneny (with two photos);

*article "Providence in Provincetown: The Lifestyle" by John Preston (with seven photos);

*inset to previous article "The Great Debate: Provincetown vs. Fire Island" ;

*short article on and interview of photographer Charlie Airwaves (with four photos);

*music and book reviews; classifieds advertisements.

 

 

The tenth issue of the very short-lived but splendidly produced "Alternate: The American Magazine of Sexual Politics" (#10, August/September 1979) published by John Embry and Alternate Publishing Company out of San Francisco and West Hollywood, California. Edited by John Rowberry, a quality stapled Newsweek-size magazine with glossy covers and pages containing 72 pages including front and rear covers.

 

Of special note: This issue features separate interviews of four gay filmmakers (Tom DeSimone; Jack Devoe; Arthur J. Bressan; and Rosa von Praunheim) .Also appearing in this issue are the lyrics of "The Ballad of Dan White" by Lenny Anderson and "Twinkle Insanity" by Art Peterson, written in response to Dan White's light sentence and "twinkie defense" for the assassination of Harvey Milk and George Moscone.

 

*article "New York New York" (with 15 photos: "The Alternate's special look at the Big Apple includes the rebuilding of 8th Avenue from a demi-slum into the newest gay enclave; Loft Living, New York's answer to the West Coast rancho delux; along with a variety of notable briefs");

*article on and interview of fashion designer John Stavros (with four photos);

*short story "Stone, The Stranger" by Charles Hufford (with splendid illustration by Kagane);

*short story "Leaving" by Jim Marko ;

*interview of male fashion model Scott MacKenzie (with five photos);

*splendid five-page photospread entitled "Days of Alexandria: The Erotic Images of Constantin Cavafy" by photographer Lawrence A. Reh (accompanied by select poetry from Cavafy);

*two-page illustrated spread entitled "Attitude: Paper Doll Book Preview" with gay and lesbian paper dolls by artist Tom Tierney ;

*article "Provincetown: The Resort" by John Preston (Part Two of series, with three photos);

*article on and interview of gay filmmaker Tom DeSimone entitled "Tom De Simone & the Idol" by Harold Fairbanks (with four photos);

*article on and interview of gay filmmaker Jack Devoe by Spike Wood (with five photos);

*article on and interview of gay filmmaker Arthur J. Bressan by Edward Guthmann (with four photos);

*article on and interview of Rosa Von Praunheim by Harold Fairbanks (with three photos);

*theatre, book, and music reviews; classified advertisements.

 

 

The eleventh issue of "Alternate" now subtitled "The American Magazine for Grown Up Gays" (#11, January/February 1980) published by John Embry and Alternate Publishing Company out of San Francisco and West Hollywood, California. Edited by John Rowberry, a quality stapled Newsweek-size magazine with glossy covers and pages containing 72 pages including front and rear covers.

 

With special memorial photospread on the life and times of Harvey Milk entitled "This Gentle Lion...Long Remembered" (with nine photographs).

 

*absolutely delightful, insightful correspondence between Alice in Wonderland and Daniel Curzon entitled "Alice in Realityland: The State of Literary Politics" by Daniel Curzon (with eight illustrations by John Tenniel: "'Dear Daniel, I have written this wonderful novel about Gay Life - or at least one part of it - and I think it's pretty good. At least my agent, my creative writing teacher, and Barbara Gittings tell me it is. How can I get it published? Sincerely, Alice'...'Dear Alice, You can't. Yours truly, Daniel Curzon'");

*interview of Robert Patrick entitled "Robert Patrick: The Playwright as Moving Object" by Harry Hart-Browne (with four photos);

*Alternate's Annual "The '79 Awards" (for the J. Edgar Hoover Memorial Wiretap Award [to] "The Mormon organization, for developing ultra-effective spying techniques to check on wet dreams, sex drives, and potential disruptive homosexual impulses among its school of young, fair-haired blue-eye male converts");

*article on and interview of Allen Young entitled "Allen Young: Gays Hold Up Half the Sky" by William Russo (with two photos);

*an excerpt from his new novel entitled "Boys Don't Jump Rope" by Daniel Curzon (with illustration by Olaf);

*article entitled "Words That Maim and Kill" (on sexual assault in male prisons);

*short story "Crystal" by Mark R. Lewerenz ;

*five-page photospread on Harvey Milk entitled "This Gentle Lion...Long Remembered" (with nine photos);

*music, book and theatre reviews;

*poetry by gay Finnish poet Rauli Vettenranta entitled "Tristesse Nordica" (in both Finnish and English);

*lengthy translated poem entitled "Chant D'Amour" by Jean Genet (with commentary by translator Walter Mosley);

*article "Reintroducing John Horne Burns" by John Mitzel (with a photograph of each author);

*review of Nancy Reynolds' "The Dance Catalog" (with seven photos).

 

 

Special Gay Art Issue with fabulous front cover, the twelfth issue of the very short-lived but splendidly produced "Alternate" now subtitled "The American Magazine for Grown Up Gays" (#12, March/April 1980) published by John Embry and Alternate Publishing Company out of San Francisco and West Hollywood, California. Edited by John Rowberry, a quality stapled Newsweek-size magazine with glossy covers and pages containing 72 pages including front and rear covers.

 

*article "Gay Art In America" by Michael Endicott-Ross (with two artworks: "Embrace" by Robert Quigley, and "Big Wave" by David Martin);

*article "The New York Galleries" by John Preston (with five artworks: Robert Mapplethorpe's "Bull's Eye"; "Leather Hood and White Sheets" by Hilton Brown; "Before Time Changes Them" by Andrew Sychel; "Man to Man" by Robert Gable; and Untitled Drawing by Gary Finkel);

*article "David Hockney: A Philistine Portrait" by Daniel Curzon (with four of Mr. Hockney's works: "Artist and Model"; "Portrait of an Artist: Pool with Two Figures"; "Two Boys Aged 23 and 24"; and "The Room");

*portrait of Bernard Kagane (with four works: "Cain"; "L'Epidemie"; "Le Trapeziste"; and "Crucifixion");

*article "The Gallery Owners: Three Profiles" by John Preston (with five photos, list of galleries, and other non-gallery art sources);

*profile of Robert Opel (with three photos, including his famous nude appearance at the Los Angeles City Council hearing on the issue of nude beaches; "Of white-haired Police Chief Ed Davis, Opel asked: 'Am I obscene?'");

*profile of George Platt Lyons (with untitled photograph from 1938);

*profile of Olaf (with three untitled art pieces);

*lengthy "West Coast Portfolio: A Selection of Seven Contemporary Artists who Reside and Create on the West Coast" featuring artists - each with a representative work - Frank Bettencourt, Mark Mulleian, Ron Dwyer, Charles R. Musgrave, Lou Rudolph, Anthony - Tony - De Frange, and Chuck Arnett ;

*a lengthy excerpt from "Port of Saints" by William S. Burroughs ;

*theatre, film, and book reviews;

*article "George Whitmore: The Political is Personal" by John Preston .

 

Au Contraire

 

Premiere issue of the very short-lived gay magazine "Au Contraire" (January 1979) edited by Jamie Johnson and published by Tony Locman and Randal Publishing Inc. out of Oak Forest, Illinois. A quality, glossy stapled Newsweek-size magazine containing 104 pages including front and rear covers. From Au Contraire's opening editorial, "Man is now free to express his feelings toward other men. The creation of 'Au Contraire' Magazine is a product of this new consciousness. It succeeds in entertaining and informing the gay man in the joys of his lifestyle."

According to my records, only two issues were ever published. Containing articles, reviews, columns, fashion, travel, personalities, art, photographs, and upper-scale gay advertisements, highlights include:

 

*three-page health and body-building column by gay erotic superstar Jack Wrangler entitled "Wrangler's Weights and Measures" (with a splendid full-color photograph of him, as well as three interior gym shots);

*article on the European male entitled "Continental Divide: When East Meets West" (beginning with a quote from Mae West: "I like two kindsa men: domestic and foreign");

*travel article on Hawaii (with thirteen photos, including one at Tomato Disco, and one of Queen's Surf, a gay beach at the Diamond Head);

*winter fashion photospread entitled "Mettre a la Mode!" (with seven photos);

*short article on Lou Ferrigno (with two color photos, one full-page);

*interior design photospread (with eight photos);

*article on, and interview of, Gene Burkard, owner of the male fashion outlet International Male (with four photos); *much, much more.

 

 

AWARE

 

The premiere issue of a long-defunct, splendidly produced but long-forgotten gay magazine entitled "AWARE" (Vol. 1 #1, 1974) published by Tony Leon and Gemini Publications out of North Miami, Florida. A high-quality, glossy stapled digest sized magazine measuring 5-1/2" by 8-1/2" and containing 64 pages including front and rear covers.

 

Artistically laid out, the issue contains articles, personality profiles, events, fashion, and a few tasteful male nude photographs. Highlights include:

 

*One-page photospread from the Mr. & Miss David Pageant (with 22 photos);

*article on Jack Campbell, owner of the Club Baths, then in 34 cities (with four photos);

*article "Gay Justice: Is There Sexual Freedom in Florida?" by Rick Tynell;

*article on composer and pianist Michel LeGrand (with five photos);

*male fashion photospread from "Taurus: Men's World of Fashions" out of Miami, Florida (with six photos);

*article on, and interview with, Charo (with two photos);

*article on comedian Charles Booth - Tubby Boots (when young, chosen as the caricature for Tubby in the "Little Lulu" comic strip, with two photos);

*much more.

 

 

The second issue of a long-defunct, splendidly produced but long-forgotten gay magazine entitled "AWARE" (Vol. 1 #2, 1975) published by Tony Leon and Gemini Publications out of North Miami, Florida. A high-quality, glossy stapled digest sized magazine measuring 5-1/2" by 8-1/2" and containing 64 pages including front and rear covers.

 

Artistically laid out, the issue contains articles, personality profiles, events, fashion, and a few tasteful male nude photographs. Highlights include:

 

*front cover photo by David Vance;

*one-page photospread showing the Mr. Club Bath winners at recent contests (with seven photos);

*article on female impersonator Tiffany Jones, "The Texas Tornado" (Kenneth Whitehead, with two photos);

*article "Gay Justice: Gays Denied Constitutional Rights" by Rick Tynell;

*article "Machismo!" by Jesse Monteagudo;

*splendid seven-page photospread by Tom from Taurus Studios of various drag, beefcake, and male nude contests and events (with over 75 photos);

*short profile of Billy Silverstein (with two photos: "That beautiful blond who hands you a towel and a smile at Club Miami");

*much, much more.

 

 

 

 

 

 

BLUE BOY

 

 

The premiere issue of "Blue Boy," later "Blueboy" (Issue #1, 1974) edited by Don Westbrook and then published by "blue boy inc." out of Washington, D.C. (after a brief hiatus, the publishing offices were moved to Miami, Florida). A quality Newsweek-size magazine with glossy covers and non-glossy internal pages and containing 64 pages including front and rear covers.

 

With articles, photo classified ads, astrology, fashion, and photographs, including male beefcake. Highlights include:

*lengthy article "Here's Gay Washington" by Cade Ware (on gay life in Washington, D.C., with five photos);

*beefcake centerfold of Dale, Blue Boy's "First Cover Guy" (cover, centerfold, and interior full-page shot);

*article on a gay wedding held in New York entitled "A Bronx Wedding";

*three-page male fashion spread entitled "Worn Free! Jocks, Jeans and Jewelry" (with five photos);

*vintage gay advertisements.

 

 

 

Fourth issue of "blueboy: the national magazine about men" (Issue #4, January-February 1976) edited by Don Westbrook and now published by Blueboy, Incorporated out of Miami, Florida. A high-quality, glossy Newsweek-size magazine containing 96 pages including front and rear covers.

 

With articles, fashion, reviews, artwork, and tasteful male nude photographs. Highlights include:

 

*magnificent - magnificent - eight page photographic portfolio from Jim French (Rip Colt) from Colt Studio (there is also a full-page ad from Colt Studio as well);

*five-page photospread entitled "Textures" by David Vance (where male figures are interposed on natural landscapes, splendid);

*travel article "If Your [sic] Going To San Francisco" by Tom McNamara (with ten full-color photos of Bay-area Victorian houses);

*lengthy "Lover's Horoscope" (with 13 photos);

*photospread "The Massage" (with 13 photos);

*short story "Coming Down" by Len Seaberg, with full-page illustration by Stavrinos;

*male fashion spread "Doing the Streets of San Francisco" (with 11 photos);

*vintage gay male advertisements;

*much more.

 

 

Sixth issue of "blueboy: the national magazine about men" (Issue #6, May-June 1976) edited by Don Westbrook and published by Blueboy, Incorporated out of Miami, Florida. A high-quality, glossy Newsweek-size magazine containing 100 pages including front and rear covers.

 

With articles, fashion, reviews, artwork, and tasteful male nude photographs. Highlights include:

 

*magnificent - magnificent - eight page photographic portfolio from Jim French (Rip Colt) from Colt Studio entitled "Olympus: A Photo Essay by Jim French";

*article on homosexuality in prison entitled "Sex in the Slammer" by A. Gold with full-page illustration by Stavrinos;

*six-page male artwork "Animal Lovers" with lovely pen-and-ink drawings by gay artist Richard Roesener;

*illustrated fashion spread entitled "Ronald Kolodzie: Sketchbook of Fantasy Collections";

*five-page photospread entitled "The Tub" by photographer Marikko;

*lengthy article on, and interview of, David - Dave - Kopay (with 13 photos);

*six-page male photospread entitled "The Skindiver";

*five-page male fashion beachwear spread entitled "Water Sports" (with swimwear by Avante out of Coral Gables, Florida);

*six-page "Lover's Horoscope" with illustrations by Bruce Fitzgerald;

*vintage gay male advertisements; *much more.

 

 

 

The ninth issue of "blueboy: the national magazine about men" (Issue #9, November-December 1976) now edited by Bruce Fitzgerald and published by Blueboy, Incorporated out of Miami, Florida. A high-quality, glossy Newsweek-size magazine containing 100 pages including front and rear covers.

 

With articles, fashion, reviews, artwork, and tasteful male nude photographs. Highlights include:

 

* special cover feature on "MUSCLES: And The Men Who Make Them." Also, there is a lengthy article on, and interview of, Arnold Schwarzenegger (with six photos).

*five-page photospread entitled "HOT SHOTS: PUMPING IRON" (with 18 fabulous bodybuilding photos);

*lengthy article on, and interview of, Arnold Schwarzenegger (with six photos);

*article "Gays and the Church" by Clarke Taylor;

*splendid brown-tinted photospread entitled "The Fitting Room" photographed by Giugno (with 20 photos);

*article on gay hardware store "Nuts and Bolts" in New York City owned by Martin Seliger (with four photos);

*five page male photospread "Exercise In Red" by Marikko;

*six-page male fashion spread entitled "Two For The Road";

*fabulous five-page male photospread entitled "LA Muscle" (scenes from a forthcoming film by Jack Deveau);

*vintage gay male advertisements; *much more.

 

 

 

COME OUT: a liberation forum for the gay community

 

 

Eighth issue of the short-lived (only nine issues were published) "COME OUT: a liberation forum for the gay community" (Issue #8, Winter 1972) published by the Gay Liberation Front out of New York City (the Collective included Perry Brass, Ellen Bedoz, Steve Brooks, Roy Eddy, Steve Gavin, Debb Moldovan, Warren Singer, Lin Stephan, and Martha Shelley). A large (folded, as issued) newspaper containing 24 pages including front and rear covers.With fabulous historical photographs and illustrations, highlights include:

 

*article "Flaming Faggots Come Out at New College" (with photo);

*news article "No Gaiety in the Gay Bars: 8 Women Busted" by Hetty Brown and Georgia Hopper;

*news article "Gay Jewish Revolution Continues" (with photo);

*article "Proposal for a Gay Care Center" by Alice Bloch;

*news article on the Liberation House Collective (with photo);

*article "S and M and the Revolution" by "Larry S" of the Eulenspigel Society;

*gay memoir "The Mailman and I" by Jonathan Stone;

*delightful full-page lesbian political comic strip "The Radical Radish Adventure - A Continuing Saga" by E. Bedoz;

*short story "Kinship" by Perry Brass;

*article "Transvestites: your half sisters and half brothers of the Revolution" by Silvia Lee Rivera;

*full-page political comic art entitled "You're only pretty as you feel";

*two-page centerspread with four photos of out-lesbians taken by Lin Stephan;

*article "Coming Out in Australia" by Dennis Altman;

*article "Coming into London" by Warren Singer;

*lengthy article "A C---s---ing Seminar" by Joe Salata and Steve Gavin ("On November 24, 1971, a c- seminar was held in an apartment on Manhattan's upper west side. Seven subjects made up the representative sample. Their ages and experiences varied to a great degree. The purposes of the seminar was to help combat our puritanism which lingers in the gay liberation movement");

*article "'Dormitory Do'" by Dan Battaglia ("I'm Gay and I dig it. I live in a NYU dormitory, and I don't dig that but I try to make the best of it. Why I live here and why I don't move out, I won't go into that now. I want, however, to relate some of the experiences of being openly gay in a dorm");

*article "Thoughts on the Movement: The Year of the Queer" by Steve Gavin; *much more.

 

 

 

 

Dilettante: The Renaissance Man Magazine of the Arts, Entertainment & Eros

 

Second issue of "Dilettante: The Renaissance Man Magazine of the Arts, Entertainment & Eros" (Issue #2, July 1974) edited by John Devere and published by Dilettante, Inc. out of New York City. A high-quality, glossy stapled Newsweek-size magazine containing 68 pages including front and rear covers.

 

Highlights include:

*splendid 12-page photospread featuring the male photography of Roy Blakey (with 12 photographs, including front cover and centerfold, with accompanying article on Roy Blakey along with his photograph);

*article on Peter Bogdanovich and his film "Daisy Miller" entitled "Gilt Guilt, or, Bogdanovich Bogs Down" (with two photographs of actress Cybill Shepherd from the film);

*article on dancer Louis Falco (with two photos);

*lengthy article and splendid photospread on three Greenwich Village boutiques: Bartolini, Bellardo, and Murasan-Robin (sculptor Carlos Bartolini, sculptor Paul Bellardo, painter Andre Murasan, designer Jean-Claude Robin) entitled "Beautiful, Bizarre, Bold" (with 12 magnificent photos of models Tolin, Zorina, and Patrick at the boutiques);

*article and review of the Andy Warhol and Paul Morrissey production of "Frankenstein" entitled "Last Night, Somebody Cut Off My...Best Friend's Head!" (with three photos from the film: portrait of Joe Dallesandro, Udo Kier and Joe Dallesandro, and Udo Kier and Dalila di Lazzaro);

*much more.

 

 

Third issue of "Dilettante: The Renaissance Man Magazine of the Arts, Entertainment & Eros" (Issue #3, September 1974) edited by John Devere and published by Dilettante, Inc. out of New York City. A high-quality, glossy stapled Newsweek-size magazine containing 64 pages including front and rear covers.

 

Highlights include:

*splendid cover photograph of Barbra Streisand and short inside article on her entitled "Wanted: A Film for 'Funny Girl'" (with three shots of Streisand from her latest film, "For Pete's Sake");

*article on Fire Island entitled "Isle of Fire" (with four photos);

*lengthy review of film "A Very Natural Thing" written and directed by Chris Larkin (with three photos from the film: one of Bo White, and two of male lovers played by Robert Joel and Curt Gareth);

*article on the off-Broadway production of "Let My People Come" with seven splendid photographs by Roy Blakey: four of Alan Evans and Denise Connally, two of Joe Jones and Tobie Columbus, and one of Ian Naylor and Diana Darzin;

*article on, and interview of, dancer James Evans (with three photos);

*much more.

 

 

 

 

Drummer: Follow Us To Where The Action Is!

 

September 15, 1972 issue of "Drummer: Follow Us To Where The Action Is!" (Volume 2 #1) published by HELP Incorporated (an organization to fight entrapment and provide legal assistance to gay men) out of Los Angeles, California.  John Embry was Editor of the publication and Larry Townsend was President of the organization.  A Newsweek-size newsprint magazine containing 48 pages including front and rear covers.

 

Containing articles, news items, columns, reviews, classifieds, vintage advertisements, and male beefcake photographs.  Highlights include:

 

*cover story "LA HEATS UP; ENTRAPMENT INCREASES: It's Election Time Again";

*cover photograph of Guy (John) Thompson ("Groovy Guy [Contest] Thompson was favorite of everyone except judges");

*special alert "DANGER!" containing information on the locales of vice cop presence ("Hollywood has developed a few new wrinkles: Wilton Place, north of Hollywood Boulevard, is being worked by two or three vice officers, one of whom is dressed in hippie costume complete with long hair, etc.  Victims are lured into the alleyway behind the movie theatre");

*short story "A Green Vampire Is A Sometimes Thing" by Larry Townsend;

*full-page ad for "CHARLES PIERCE SUPERSTAR" then performing at the Playhouse in the Valley (with Glenn Elliott and The Living Dolls);

*full-page ad from the Palm Springs gay resort "An Old Friend" (with photo);

*full-page ad for the Gallery Inn Restaurant & Bar in Studio City (with photo: "Wednesday - Don't Miss Our ROMAN ORGY BANQUET with complimentary wine served by our own wine boys");

*historical article "15 Years Ago" by Dal McIntire (Jim Kepner);

*health column "New You!" by "Brad" ("Dear Brad, Is sex good exercise?");

*half-page advertisement for the men's fashion outlet "That Look" (with three photos of hunky men wearing designs by Fritz and entitled "Palm Springs Swingers for '72");

*column "Don't Call It 'Frisco" by Donald McLean;

*full-page ad promoting Raymond (Ray) Todd for 1972 Mr. Groovy Guy, sponsored by Telstar Productions (with photo);

*full-page ad from the male fashion outlet "AH MEN" on Santa Monica Boulevard;

*vintage ads for BJ's on La Cienega ("Go WEST young man!"), The Beachboy on Santa Monica Boulevard ("Happy Hours 6 to 8"), Truck Stop in North Hollywood ("A Place For STUDS & DUDES that Dig 'em"), the Aquarius bathhouse ("You'll Dig Our Friendly Crowd"), Goliath's on Melrose Avenue ("NUDE DANCERS...HOT FILMS"), many others.

 

 

October 15, 1972 issue of "Drummer: Follow Us To Where The Action Is!" (Volume 2 #2) published by HELP Incorporated (an organization to fight entrapment and provide legal assistance to gay men) out of Los Angeles, California. John Embry was Editor of the publication and Larry Townsend was President of the organization. A Newsweek-size newsprint magazine containing 36 pages including front and rear covers. Containing articles, news items, columns, reviews, classifieds, vintage advertisements, and plenty of male beefcake photographs. Highlights include:

 

*cover story "BLACK PIPE RAID TO COST TAXPAYERS AT LEAST $250,000.00";

*news articles, including:

"Policeman Fired, 3 Suspended in Beating of Man" ("[Patrick] Ratelle, 31, who said he was not at the [gay] dance, alleged that when he drove his car up behind a police skirmish line and stopped he was dragged from the vehicle and beaten with nightsticks,"

"Wilshire, Hwd. [Hollywood] Vice Attack" ("On Saturday evening, uniformed officers began a sweep along Hollywood Boulevard, between Highland and Cahuenga, rousting people on the sidewalk and beating some in the course of arrests. The charges were mostly 647(b), prostitution, but when a couple of ACLU members tried to get close enough to see the police badge numbers, they were arrested for 'interfering'");

*excerpt from a statement by Los Angeles Police Chief Ed Davis, in short part:

"Homosexuals and their supporters abhor the enforcement of laws which curtail their sexual practices..."

*four-page male beefcake photospread from the volume "Before the Hand of Man" by photographer Roy Dean (with nine photos);

*delightful two-page spread of gay photo comics (including a Hollywood movie photo of a supine cowboy telling his Indian captor, "WHAT DO YOU MEAN, ROLL OVER?");

*special alert "DANGER! POLICE, PUNKS TEAM UP" containing information on the locales of vice cop presence ("As summer draws to its close, and the cooler winds of winter begin to drive the hordes of tourists from the beaches and other resorts, we find both vice officers and thugs shifting their modes and locations...that damned VENICE PIER is still getting its share of attention. The curious onlooker is in as much jeopardy as the actual participants, so keep away!");

*legal column "It's the Law" by Attorney Vance Gary Prutsman;

*column "Footnotes on the Passing Scene" by Larry Townsend ("In a great many vice arrests, the officers know they stand little chance of obtaining a conviction if the defendant chooses, or can afford, to fight. They don't really care. By simply making the arrest they have accomplished a large portion of their objective. Nine times out of ten, the arrestee will 'cop out' rather than try to defend himself. This gives the officer a 90% record of arrests vs. convictions");

*social column out of San Francisco entitled "Don't Call It 'Frisco" by Donald McLean;

*fabulous vintage advertisements from the Tom Kat Male Theatre, Victor Hugo's, the Truck Stop, the Hollywood Music Center on Melrose (with two male beefcake photos), Rho Delta Press (Roy Dean), the Brass Rail, Dave Sands Photography (with two shots of hunky John Thompson), many others;

*much, much more.

 

November 15, 1972 issue of "Drummer: Follow Us To Where The Action Is!" (Volume 2 #3) published by HELP Incorporated (an organization to fight entrapment and provide legal assistance to gay men) out of Los Angeles, California.  John Embry was Editor of the publication and Larry Townsend was President of the organization.  A Newsweek-size newsprint magazine containing 48 pages including front and rear covers. Highlights include:

 

*news article "GAY MARCHERS" (with three photos from the November 4th candlelight march through the heart of Hollywood sponsored by the Gay Community Alliance);

*two-page beefcake photospread entitled "Wonderful WORLD of SPORTS" (with photographs of Joe Namath, Burt Reynolds, Jon Voight, Jerome Barkum, Mark Spitz);

*short story "Ain't No Way, Man" by Buzz McKinley ("There was something about his swaggering, swinging six foot two frame that set him apart from all the others in the bar");

*announcement "HELP Center Officially Opens" (with remarks delivered by HELP President Larry Townsend on the November 10, 1972 opening);

*alert column "DANGER!" regarding news of vice presence and entrapment activities throughout Los Angeles ("Let's start this month with a word about TRUCK STOPS.  We have previously noted that the truck stops in south-central Los Angeles are being closely watched by officers of the LAPD");

*news item "LAST MINUTE FLASH!  MASSIVE POLICE RAID ON UNIVERSAL BALL" ("An Army of uniformed and secret police descended on the Universal Ball, held at the Roger Young Center on November 20, arresting nine persons on charges of lewd conduct and prostitution");

*two full-page photographs of hunky model John Thompson wearing fashions from the James Martyn collection;

*article "How To Swim In Nine Easy Lessons, or Nine Ways To Avoid Drowning" (with photographs);

*full-page review of Fred Halsted's "LA PLAYS ITSELF" (with four photos);

*full-page ad for AH MEN (with photos of Jim Cassidy and Colt Model Stoner);

*rear page ad for the Gallery Inn (with group shot of John Thompson and Jim Cassidy.)

 

 

December 15, 1972 issue of "Drummer: Follow Us To Where The Action Is!" (Volume 2 #4) published by HELP Incorporated (an organization to fight entrapment and provide legal assistance to gay men) out of Los Angeles, California. A Newsweek-size newsprint magazine containing 48 pages including front and rear covers. Containing articles, news items, columns, reviews, classifieds, vintage advertisements, and plenty of male beefcake photographs. Highlights include:

 

*cover man Kelway Pollock photographed by Dave Sands (an interior advertisement features another shot of Kelway Pollock, and one of John Thompson);

*one photo each of "Groovy Guy Jimmy Hughes and Reyna [who] were King & Queen of the Universe at the spectacular but ill-fated Universal Ball" (see news article below re "Innocent Nine Defense");

*full-page ad for the upcoming Queen of Hearts Ball (sponsored by Emperor Luigi and Associates);

*two-page photospread from Jim French's - Rip Colt - volume of "MAN" (with four photos);

*news articles, including:

"Nixon Court Nixs NUDES,"

"BLACK PIPE PROGRESS: Black Pipe 21 Cases Continued....Again,"

"Innocent Nine Defense To Be Costly" ("Following the arrests of nine persons at the Universal Ball, November 20th, at the Rodger Young Auditorium, representatives from most of the local gay organizations met with the victims for a 'war council rally' at the H.E.L.P. Center, Monday evening, November 27th").

*special alert "DANGER!" providing the locales of vice cop presence ("It has come to our attention that there is a time-honored custom among T-room queens to gather in their local johns on Christmas Eve, feeling secure in the knowledge that The Man is not on duty. Jesus wept! One of these years they're going to make the St. Bartholemew's Day massacre look like a picnic!");

*full-page advertisement for the upcoming H.E.L.P. Annual Christmas Dance;

*article on the newly-organized Gay Students Council of Southern California (GSC);

*advice column "The Shrink Line" by Newton E. Deiter ("To Carl, Pasadena: No, you can't, and devices advertised for increasing penis size are an expensive ripoff. Save your money");

*gay news column "Angles on the News" by Jim Kepner (pioneer homophile activist);

*1/3 page advertisement from Ah Men Shop for Men;

*gay history column "15 Years Ago" by "Dal McIntire" (Jim Kepner: "Mini-physique mag Vim sniffed snidely when Physique Pictorial - first male photo mag to shed the pretense that it exists solely to encourage muscle-building - editorially saluted its 'Sister Magazine Strength and Health, on her Twenty-Fifth Anniversary.' Lauding S&H as one of the first magazines to carry beautiful pictures of semi-nude males, and for its longtime 'Strength and Health Leaguer's column' which 'allowed lonely bodybuilders and others to form fruitful friendships,' PP recalled that during the war years, the Leaguers' column carried 'blanket invitations from members who would open their homes to servicemen'");

*article "Gays Are Born, Not Made" by Dr. Paul Roberts;

*fabulous vintage advertisements for Glen's For Men (bathhouse), the Outcast, the Double 009 Ball!, the Outer Limits, An Old Friend (a gay resort in Palm Springs), James Martyn fashions, the Gallery Inn (with a photo of Jim Cassidy and Jim Thompson), many others;

*column "Footnotes " by Larry Townsend where he begins by quoting from Dickens:

"'At this festive season of the year, Mr. Scrooge,' said the gentleman, taking up a pen, 'it is more than usually desirable that we should make some slight provision for the poor and destitute, who suffer greatly at the present time. Many thousands are in want of common necessaries; hundreds of thousands are in want of common comforts, sir.'

"'Are there no prisons?' asked Scrooge.

"'Plenty of prisons,' said the gentleman, laying down the pen again..."

*photo comic of two young men, rear shots, in the bathtub ("And then he said, 'Open your mouth and close your eyes, and I, like a fool, did..."); *much, much more.

 

 

 

 

ERA: The Magazine of the New Age

 

 

Fabulous! The second issue of a long-defunct and long-forgotten gay male magazine entitled "ERA: The Magazine of the New Age" (Volume 1 #2, April 1974) edited by Martin B. St. John and published by Lane West out of Hollywood, California. A quality, stapled Newsweek-size magazine with glossy covers and a mixture of glossy and non-glossy internal pages, and containing 96 pages including front and rear covers.

 

Containing articles, fashion, personalities, entertainment, and a few tasteful male nude photographs (Eddie Van was the staff's photographic consultant), contents include:

*article, interview, and photospread of model Bill Williams;

*article "The Boys in the Bank" by Randy Wicker (on bank robber John Wojtowicz, known in Manhattan's gay community as 'Littlejohn Basso', and Ernest Aron, then undergoing a sex-change operation);

*article and photospread on Southern California's San Diego Carnival (with five photos);

*gay short story "The Mark" by Kurt Kreisler;

*fashion article and photospread "From Drags to Riches" featuring fashion wear for female impersonators designed by Pat Campano (with ten photos);

*excerpt from "Flesh and the Nimbus" by Bill James (with six photographs from the book);

*article on Ann Miller ("Miller on Tap" with two photos, one a splendid full-page shot);

*coverage of various drag and male beefcake balls and contests - Los Angeles' Crystal Ball, Inglewood's Camelot Ball, Fat Shirley's Mr. & Miss Valentine Contest, the Queen of Hearts Pageant (all well-illustrated with fabulous photos);

*"Men of the New Age" Lyle Charles and Manuel (profiles with eight photographs, including front cover and centerfold);

*fabulous article on, and interview with, female impersonator Fel Andrews (with five photos, including double-page and two full-page shots in color);

*article on, and interview with, Ralph Campo of the New-Clear Universal Foundation (with seven photos, including two of Ralph Campo with Gary Brandenburg and one with Mae West);

*one-act play "Ludwig and Wagner" by Robert Patrick (with seven shots from the stage production with John Albano and Joe Pichette);*much more.

 

 

Fabulous! The fourth issue of a long-defunct and long-forgotten gay male magazine entitled "ERA: The Magazine of the New Age" (Volume 1 #4, June 1974) edited by Martin B. St. John and published by Lane West out of Hollywood, California. A quality, stapled Newsweek-size magazine with glossy covers and a mixture of glossy and non-glossy internal pages, and containing 96 pages including front and rear covers.

 

Containing articles, fashion, personalities, travel, entertainment, and a few tasteful male nude photographs (Eddie Van was the staff's photographic consultant), contents include:

*two poems by Allen Ginsberg to inside front cover ("Message II" and "Big Beat");

*lengthy article on the stage production of "The Rocky Horror Show" (with eight fabulous photos of the performers, including several of Tim Curry and Kim Milford);

*article on, and interview with, Helmut Berger (with four photos);

*one-act play entitled "Hymen & Carbuncle" by Robert Patrick;

*article on LaMama Hollywood (with four photos, including three cast shots, one of Robert Patrick and one of June Perz);

*column "Auntie Lou Cooks" by Lou Rand (author of the "Gay Cookbook");

*Era's coverman Frank Sanford Jr. (with profile and seven photos, including front cover);

*two articles on, and interview with, drag performer Charles Pierce (with seven photos, two of Sally Rand who had just co-starred with Charles Pierce);

*profile and photospread of Era's "Man of the New Age" Dennis Walsh (with six photos, two of them full-page color shots to centerfold);

*profile, interview, and photospread of female impersonator China Nuyen (with five photos, including rear cover and one double-page shot);

*one-page photospread of model Blaine Denver (with four photos);

*lengthy exercise column "A Fuller Life" by Rod Fuller (with two photos);*much, much more.

 

 

 

Fag Rag: Gay Male Newspaper

 

The premiere issue of "Fag Rag: Gay Male Newspaper" (June 1971) published during the dynamic and activist days of the early gay liberation movement. Published out of Boston, Massachusetts, by the Fag Rag Collective, when unfolded contains 16 pages.

 

Containing news, articles, poetry, art and photographs, it was not until issue #5 that writers used their actual byline.

 

Contents include: activist news; article "To Be 19 and Gay"; article "'Doctor, Doctor!' Fags vs. Shrinks"; question and answer article "How is declaring my gayness going to keep me out of the Army?"; photographs from the May 12, 1971 demonstration in front of the Mattapan Chronic Disease Hospital protesting the use of electrical shocks for homosexuality (aversion therapy); article in poetry form "Coming Out"; article "Let There Be a Vietnam in Each of Our Hearts: Let Vietnam Invade Us" ("Six days at Peace City - I was walking on the campsite and somebody yelled out 'Faggot!' It made me feel tightness inside. Like the way I feel a lot outside on Babylon's streets - accosted and threatened"); lengthy article on gay libertation actions in Georgetown entitled "Gay May Day" ("Tuesday we returned to the streets in the morning, there were 10 pigs for every one of us"); article "'Revolutionary' Sexism"; article "Cuba Si? Gayness & the Cuban Revolution"; much more.

 

Offered is the third issue of Fag Rag: A Gay Male Newspaper (Summer 1972) published during the dynamic and activist days of the early gay liberation movement. Published out of Boston, Massachusetts, by the Fag Rag Collective, when unfolded contains 24 pages.

 

With news, articles, poetry, art and photographs, it was not until issue #5 that the writers used their byline.

 

Contents include: article "Fag Rag Blues 2: What Does Not Change/Is The Will To Change" ("After a long winter, we finally have FAG RAG 3 and hope every faggot will like it and every straight man will come out or drop dead on reading it"); article "[J. Edgar] Hoover Goes Underground" ("And now he's dead. I was really happy and relieved when I heard about it. I know that some other bad guy will take his place, but at least he's gone...We all know about Hoover being a 'bachelor,' the rumors about him and Clyde Tolson - who inherited Hoover's house, dogs, and money - and how careful Hoover was in selecting his F.B.I. agents - men only, and with certain specified physical characteristics"); news articles "Gay Pride Week"; "GML [Gay Male Liberation] ZAPS Witchdoctors"; "Gays Confront Dems"; article "Homosexuality and Institutions: Psychiatry - Cure or Disease?"; short article from a gay inmate at the Billerica House of Correction entitled "ABC's of the American Cream Machine"; article "C- As An Act of Revolution"; article "'Out, Out, Damn Faggot' - the 4th Venceremos Brigade"; article "Gay Yoga: On Body, Mind, & Politics"; article on drag queen Sylvia Sydney entitled "'My Name is Tangerine' - Sylvia Sydney, Still Ripe and Looking to be Squeezed"; a statement, reprinted in English, from the French gay liberation organization FHAR [Front Homosexual d'Action Revolutionnaire] founded on March 10, 1971; short article "To the GAY ARTISTS...ALL of US!!!!!"; much more.

 

 

Fourth issue of "Fag Rag: A Gay Male Newspaper" (January 1973) published during the dynamic and activist days of the early gay liberation movement. Published out of Boston, Massachusetts, by the Fag Rag Collective, when unfolded contains 24 pages.

 

With news, articles, poetry, art and photographs, it was not until issue #5 that the writers began using their byline.

 

Contents include: article "Hustler: A Boy for All Seasons, An Interview Between a Hustler and his Customer"; article "Vietnam: A Gay Vet Speaks"; article "The Two Ages of Faggotry" (with subtitles "Young and Gay" and "Old and Gay"); article "Faggots and Welfare"; article on the first international gay liberation congress held in Milan, Italy, on October 15, 1972 (the congress was organized by the Turino brach of Italy's national gay liberation organization FUORI - Fronte Unitario Omossesuale Rivoluzionario Italiano); three-page poem, with photographs, entitled "License to Innocence"; second installment of "C- As an Act of Revolution, Or the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse"; a delightful, irreverent article "ADONIS 1972" (billed as "The Country's First Male Pageant" held at the Bradford Hotel; "A fellow faggot sitting next to us leaned over within earshot and whispered, between puffs on his Sylva Thin cigarette, 'You KNOW, a lot of people left after the swimsuit competition'"); interview of a gay male prisoner "at a local New England State Prison" entitled "Love Behind Bars"; letter from a gay prisoner entitled "Letter from Walpole Prison"; article "I Am A Black Faggot"; article "Rest Stop: Police Entrapment on Interstates"; much more.

 

 

 

Fifth issue of "Fag Rag: A Quarterly of Gay Male Liberation" (Summer 1973) published during the dynamic and activist days of the early gay liberation movement. Published out of Boston, Massachusetts, by the Fag Rag Collective, when unfolded contains 24 pages.

 

With news, articles, poetry, art, photographs, resources.

 

Contents include: lead article "A Tribute to Faggots" ("Allen Ginsberg made a most profound comment about the recent change in faggots: 'Fags have lost that Wounded Look they had ten years ago'"); article "The Homosexual in Society" by Robert Duncan; lengthy interview of Christopher Isherwood by Arthur Bell; article "Marshall Bloom: Gay Brother" by Allen Young ("Marshall Bloom was still in his closet when he committed suicide on November 1, 1969, yet I am confident that his spirit is with me as I write this"); poem "Ode To A Suicide" by Vincent Sacardi; article "Group Sex" by Charley (Charles) Shively; first-hand account "Seminary Sex" by Dan Kiefer; poetry by John Weiners, David Eberly, Charley Shively, Diedre Phelps, others; short story "The Boy Who Spoke In Pornography" by J. C. (John) Mitzel; review "Having never been to Majorca: A Review of Kenneth Pitchford's 'Color Photos of the Atrocities'" by Charley Shively; reprint of letter to "Miss Mary Finn, Nursing Supervisor, Mass. Mental Health Center" from John Kyper ("Dear Miss Finn: In mid-July you interviewed me for a position as a psychiatric aide...On the sixth of November I called, and you informed me that you could not hire me because of my homosexuality"); one page memorial to gay pioneer Prescott Townsend (1894-1973); much more.

 

 

Issue number six of Fag Rag (Fall-Winter 1973) published during the heady and exciting activist days of the early gay liberation movement. Published out of Boston, Massachusetts, by the Fag Rag Collective, when unfolded contains 32 pages.

 

With news, articles, poetry, art, photographs, and community resources. Highlights include:

 

*article "Red & Gay: Oppression East and West" by Tom Reeves ("In order to prevent Communist or American police from using information in this article against gays in Eastern Europe and the Soviet Union, names have been changed and the identities altered slightly");

*article "Blowing in the Wind" by Charley (Charles) Shively (on fag-bashing);

*article "Gay American Day In Rose Kennedy's Estate" by John Wieners ;

*article "How To Proselytize" by John Mitzel ("There are literally millions of MEN out there nervously awaiting your approach. All they need is a slight push or a gentle coaxing shove - and they're yours! How to do it? Simple! Use this handy 1-2-3 Guide to Proselytizing. You can help save the world by turning MEN into FAGGOTS...and getting a little fun out of it too!");

*article "On Jealousy" by Edward Carpenter (an excerpt from his book "Love's Coming Of Age");

*article and political theatre, with photographs, entitled "Seven Meditations on Political Sado-Masochism" by the Living Theatre Collective (i.e., "Meditation Two: On Authority, With a Text on Government as a Reflection of the Master/Slave Relationship");

*article "Some Notes on Myra B." by John Mitzel and Steve Abbott (on Gore Vidal's novel "Myra Breckinridge");

*article "Wallflower at the Revolution" by Charley Shively ("Sexual 'freedom' does not mean sexual 'liberation'")

*an "Open Letter to the [Los Angeles] Advocate" ("The Advocate is the only national gay newspaper that attempts to report news of interest to gays everywhere. Some of us have always found it crassly commerical and sexist");

*poetry by N.A. Diaman, Michael Lalley, Sativa Sagittarius, David Eberly, Charley Shively, others;

*much more.

 

 

 

Special Fag Rag "Xmas Blasphemy Issue." Eleventh issue of Fag Rag (Issue #11, Winter 1974) published by the Fag Rag Collective out of Boston, Massachusetts. Printed on newsprint paper, when unfolded contains 28 pages.

 

With news, articles, poetry, art, photographs and community resources. Highlights include:

 

*article "Stone Age Sex" by Arthur Evans (from his "Witchcraft: The Gay Counterculture");

*delightful "column" "Ask Dr. Andrew Genn: What Are Gay Hormones?" ("Dear Dr. Genn, I usually don't write to strange men to solve my personal problems, but someone at the bar told me that you were a great help. I'm entered into the Mr. Memphis Groovie-Guy Contest, and some nasty queen - my ex, as it happens - is spreading rumors that my testosterone level and sperm count are in decline on account of me 'going gay'");

*article "Dr. Frankel, Where Are You?" by Allen Young (a memoir);

*delicious article "On The Bumping Off Of Two Perfectly Nice Greek Ladies" by John Mitzel;

*article "Conjugal Contraries" by John Weiners (with a photograph taken of him by Gerard Malanga);

*a simply fabulous entry entitled the "Lord Baby Jesus Christmas Gift Catalogue" (offering gifts of prejudice, blackmail, genuine look-alike stigmata wounds, predestination certificates, crippling Christian guilt, etc.);

*gay Christmas carols (i.e., "Jingle Chains," "We Three Queens Of Orient Are");

*centerfold poems "Question" by William Barber and "Christmas 1962" by Paul Mariah;

*a conversation between Bunny LaRue and Danny McGonagle entitled "Smart Quean's Shopper's Guide to Today's Religions: How to Get Your Dollar's Worth";

*article "Sexual Holiness" by Jerome Perlinski;

*article "Faggot Femininity" by John Cummings; much, much more.

 

 

 

Special issue on race. Twelfth issue of Fag Rag (Issue #12, Spring 1975) published by the Fag Rag Collective out of Boston, Massachusetts. Printed on newsprint paper, when unfolded contains 28 pages.

 

With news, articles, poetry, art, photographs and community resources. Highlights include:

 

*short story "Southie" by Tom Reeves (based on the historical L Street Beach in South Boston which was built in 1865 to "allow men and boys to disrobe and store their clothing while enjoying their bath");

*poem "L Street" by David Emerson Smith (with two photos of the L Street Beach);

*poem "WHAT HAppENEd in CHILE?" by "Jesse" - an excerpt:

 

"America

Amerika

how cold does

your blue steel

glint

glimmer

and gleam

from sea to shing sea..."

 

*article "No Cosmic Ribbon: An Aborted Dialogue" by Larry Anderson (poetically-arranged musings on the politics of sex in the black and Third World communities);

*article "Beyond the Binary: Race and Sex" by Charley (Charles) Shively;

*marvelous article "40 Years of Frederic Prokosch" by John Mitzel;

*short response to John Mitzel's article (above) by Boom-Boom (Bunny) LaRue entitled "F. Prokosch: An Angry Response" ("Isn't this Mitzel something? He sure goes after the lookers!");

*article "The Sensual Drug-Users of the Middle Ages" (from Arthur Evans' "Witchcraft: The Gay Counterculture");

*article "The Disappearance of Reality" by Gary Jane Hoisington;

*article on prisons, prison reform, and prison wages by Ronald Rose;

*article "For An Unholy Alliance: Gays and Abortion" by Steven Abbott and Thom Willenbecker;

*poetry by John Wieners, Rudy Kikel, Joseph Hagarty, Charley Shively, Kenneth Dudley, Boom-Boom LaRue, many others;

*much, much more.

 

 

 

A magnificent, collaborative issue between Fag Rag and Gay Sunshine honoring the Fifth Anniversary of the Stonewall rebellion.

 

Fag Rag #9 and Gay Sunshine #22 (single issue) edited by Winston Leyland and jointly published by the Fag Rag and Gay Sunshine Collectives (Summer 1974). A massive issue containing 48 pages, with news, articles, poetry, art, photographs and community resources. Contents include:

 

*article "Indiscriminate Promiscuity as an Act of Revolution" (probably by Charley - Charles - Shively);

*lengthy six-and-one-half page interview of Ned Rorem (with photographs);

*article "Reflections on the Gay Movement" by Rictor Norton;

*painting "Nude, Carolina Beach" by John Button;

*male nude woodcut by R. Stearns;

*article "John Horne Burns: A Forgotton Faggot" by John Mitzel;

*two lengthy reviews of poets Harold Norse and Paul Mariah;

*article "The Betrayal of Donald Webster Cory?" by John Kyper and Steve Abbott;

*cartoon strip "Sswishhh" by Bruce Reifel;

*article "Gay Liberation Without Marx or Jesus" by Craig Alfred Hanson;

*four-page photospread with seven photographs entitled "David Greene & Friends" by photographer David Greene;

*article "On Human & Gay Identity" by Allen Young;

*two-page interview of filmmaker Arthur Bressan;

*poetry by Paul Mariah, Robert Peters, William Barber, Salvatore Farinella, Kenward Elmslie, Perry Brass, Allen Ginsberg, Kirby Congdon, Ron Schreiber, Harold Norse, others; *much, much more.

 

 

Fag Rag (Issue #13, Summer 1975) published by the Fag Rag Collective out of Boston, Massachusetts. Printed on newsprint paper, when unfolded contains 36 pages.

 

With news, articles, poetry, art, photographs and community resources. Highlights include:

*lengthy article on the John Kennedy assassination entitled "Clay Shaw, The Quean Network & That Kennedy Killing, Or: The Gay Version of the Warren Report and Its Critics" by John Mitzel (with photos);

*gay singer and songwriter Chris Robison interviewed by Ian Young (with photos);

*article "The Mass Murder of Women and Gays" (an excerpt from Arthur Evans' book "Witchcraft: The Gay Counterculture");

*four memorials of Allyn Amundson (1934-1975, with photos);

*poetry by John Laporta, David Emerson Smith, Edmund Miller, Ralph Kunkel, many others;

*article on gays in prison entitled "Master Key: A Guide for Staff Training in Corrections";

*delightful article on Judy Garland entitled "Relation of Biographies of Judy Garland to the Average Level of the U.S. Money Supply" by Bunny LaRue;

*a compilation of letters to Charley - Charles - Shively entitled "Dear C-" *much, much more.

 

 

Fag Rag (Issue #14, November-December 1975) published by the Fag Rag Collective out of Boston, Massachusetts. Printed on newsprint paper, when unfolded contains 28 pages.

 

With news, articles, poetry, art, photographs and community resources. Highlights include:

*delightful gay liberation article "B- As An Act Of Revolution" by Charley - Charles - Shively;

*two-page poetry layout entitled "Poets on Commercial Street?" with poetry by George Whitmore, David Eberly, Edmund Miller, and Freddie Greenfield (with photos);

*one-act play "St. George & The Dragon" (first performed by the Men's Group of the Boston Lavender Theatre on June 28, 1975 at the Gay Pride Picnic on the Boston Common);

*delightful "Weather Report" by Bunny LaRue ("It's all just another form of conditioning, mass media's conspiracy of bourgeois falsifications to push goods. You think these thugs would give us anything for free if it didn't suit their purpose?");

*article "Sex Magic" (an excerpt from Arthur Evans' "Witchcraft: The Gay Counterculture");

*a one-page portfolio of photographs by James Griffith (with five photos);

*a blistering, witty attack on certain gay men's sexual practices by John Mitzel;*much, much more.

 

 

Fag Rag (Issue #15, February-March 1976) published by the Fag Rag Collective out of Boston, Massachusetts. Printed on newsprint paper, when unfolded contains 28 pages. With news, articles, poetry, art, photographs and community resources.

 

Highlights include:

*article and accompanying photospread entitled "Revolutionary Phantasy" by Charley - Charles - Shively;

*article "About Igal Roodenko" (with two photos);*delightful travel memoir "Fruit Fly Bikini Bingo" by Salvatore Farinella (along with three of his poems);*centerspread poem, with lovely artwork, entitled "A Poet's Word To A Blue Painter" by Steve Jonas;

*article "Mitzel Probes the Mysteries of the Male" by John Mitzel;

*article "Homosexuality and Class Warfare" (an excerpt from Arthur Evans' "Witchcraft: The Gay Counterculture");*much, much more.

 

 

Combined issue #16/17 of Fag Rag (June-July 1976) published by the Fag Rag Collective out of Boston, Massachusetts. Printed on newsprint paper, when unfolded contains 36 pages.

 

With news, articles, poetry, art, photographs and community resources. Highlights include:

*article by the Fag Rag Collective entitled "Second Five Year Plan" ("The spirit of Stonewall lives. Despite rumors to the contrary, the butterflies of '69 are still alive and not about to be pinned down on some millionaire's drying board...");

*snippets from Jack Sweetdream's "Trick Book";

*article on Enrique Velasquez de Crempian - "queen mother of the 40s and into the 50s" - by Raymond Smith;

*article "Sex Among the Zombies" by Arthur Evans (an excerpt from his "Witchcraft: The Gay Counterculture");

*absolutely delicious, witty article "Contra Breeding: Mitzel Modestly Proposes 'Sterilize the Straights'" by John Mitzel;

*article "Competing Religions: A Fag Rag View of Beacon Hill Churches" ("Boston has long been lousy with churches. And, as parasites, they not only suck out the life, energy, and money of the community, they pour their own poisons back in");

*article "Country to City and Back Again" by Allen Young (with photos of Allen and his new country home);

*first-person memoir "Love Story" by Skip Burns ("It was late afternoon when I emerged from the subway at Sheridan Square. Young men in levis and leather huddled casually by the newsstands like so many FBI agents...And this was where we'd first fought back, that hot summer night in 1969, cops hassling young queens at the Stonewall Inn, defunct now, a shoving match to begin with, then the cops had to barricade themselves in the bar, four days of riots, a new sense of assertiveness, Gay Power, Gay Lib...");*much, much more.

 

 

#18 of Fag Rag (Fall-Winter 1976) published by the Fag Rag Collective out of Boston, Massachusetts. Printed on newsprint paper, when unfolded contains 24 pages.

 

With news, articles, poetry, art, photographs and community resources. Highlights include:

*radical gay liberation article "Incest as an Act of Revolution" by Charley - Charles - Shively;

*poetry by Tom Reeves, Ron Morgan, S.R. Lavin, Jack Veasey, Dick Higgins, R. Bogaert Smith, Maurice Kenny, Jerry Chadwick, Tom Felt ("Boychild"), John Weiners, others;

*facsimiles of letters regarding the banning of "Fag Rag" to U.S. prisoners;

*splendid centerfold artwork;

*article "Magic and Revolution" by Arthur Evans (from his "Witchcraft: The Gay Counterculture");

*article "On Tender Lovemaking" by Allen Young;*much, much more.

 

 

 

 

 

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Ebay is an amazing place and reasource. There I found these wonderful detailed and annotated descriptions of various important and early gay publications. I felt compelled to save and share them. They are published here with the author Brad Confer's consent. They were written for the sole purpose of selling the material on Ebay and not with scholarly intent, but they are such a rich resource as is, that I present them here. It has taken me almost as much work as Brad to collect, reformat, organize and publish this information. Please write me if this site is helpful to you. If you want to contact Brad, his business is Bloomsbury Books and you can email him at bloomsbury@earthlink.net

 

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N. Calif

 

S. Calif

 

S. Calif

 

Misc

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