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Second issue of "GAY" (#2, December 15, 1969) edited by Lige Clarke and Jack Nichols, and published by Jim Buckley and Al Goldstein (of "Screw" Magazine) and their Four Swords, Inc. out of New York City. A large, left-folded newspaper containing 20 pages including front and rear covers.

The historic underground gay liberation publication containing fabulous articles, news, artwork, photographs, classifieds, and vintage advertisements. Highlights include:

 

 

*cover feature and short interior article on Mick Jagger of the Rolling Stones entitled "What Makes Mick Mighty? Can He Be All Sexes To All People?" (with two photos, including front cover);

*editorials entitled "UNCLE SAM IS A PEEPING TOM" and "LEROI JONES" ("We are tired of the abuse which certain black 'leaders' are heaping upon the homosexual community");

*article "New York Gay Ghettos: Unusual Neighborhoos Are Now 'Usual"" by Hector Simms (with six photos);

*column "The Gay Witch" by Dr. Leo Louis Martello;

*article "Gay Power: What Sort of Slogan Is This?" by Angelo D'Arcangelo (author of the classic "Homosexual Handbook");

*article "The Gay Vote" by Mattachine President Dick Leitsch;

*short news article "Bookshop Employees Arrested: Plainclothesmen Charge Sale of Pornography" (regarding The Studio Bookshop, then at 500 Hudson Street);

*article 'Homosexuals Weep While Hollywood Sucks! - 'The best way to get rid of an unwanted dyke is to let a tree fall on her!" (in reference to the film "The Fox") by Robert Amsel;

*article "A Businessman Sounds Off! Money Offers a Key to Homosexual Freedom" by Randy Wicker (with three photos);

*profile of gay filmmaker and photographer Pat Rocco entitled "Rocco the Romantic" by Ian J. Tree (with photograph of Pat Rocco, and tasteful full-page photograph of two of his male actors);

*full-page ad to back cover for the gay record album "Head and Tail" issued by Amber Records out of Hollywood;*much more.

 

 

 

"GAY" (#8, March 15, 1970) edited by Lige Clarke and Jack Nichols, and published by Al Goldstein (of "Screw" Magazine) and their Four Swords, Inc. out of New York City. A large, left-folded newspaper containing 20 pages including front and rear covers. Highlights include:

 

*cover photo of Martin Potter, star of Fellini's "Satyricon";

*short news article "Continental Baths Robbed and Gas-Bombed";

*article "A Visit To A Brothel For Boys" by Randy Wicker (with three photos);

*delightful article "Is Grandma A Drag?" by Angelo d'Arcangelo (author of the famous "Homosexual Handbook");

*article on fathers and their gay sons entitled "Turning On To Daddy" by Dick Leitsch;

*article on Fellini's film "Satyricon" entitled "Notes on a Roman Orgy" by Peter Ogren (with two photos);

*splendid centerfold advertisement for the gay male Park-Miller Theatre ("Formerly the Henry Miller Theatre") then at 43rd Street between 6th and Broadway in New York;

*article "Portrait of an Exhibitionist" by Bob Amsel (with photo);

*column "The Gay Witch" by Dr. Leo Louis Martello;

*article on W.H. Auden entitled "I've Got No Complaints!" (with photo);

*article "Having Fun at Forty: The Crucial Years" by John Francis Hunter (author of the famous "Gay Insider");

*half-page advertisement for the album "Love Is A Heart-On" issued by Heavy Records;*much more.

 

 

"GAY" (#13, May 4, 1970) edited by Lige Clarke and Jack Nichols, and published by Al Goldstein (of "Screw" Magazine) and their Four Swords, Inc. out of New York City. A large, left-folded newspaper containing 20 pages including front and rear covers.

Highlights include:

 

*cover photo of Hiram Keller, starring as Ascyltus in Fellini's "Satyricon";

*article "Revealed At Last! What Really Goes On In A Psychiatrist's Office!" (on sexual group-therapy then in vogue);

*Part Three of Angelo d'Arcangelo's "Plumbing Care and Maintenance" (this segment on the clap);

*article on gay and gay-friendly bars and restaurants in New York City by John Francis Hunter (with photos of Julius, The Finale, and The Zodiac);

*lengthy reviews of Pat Rocco's gay male film "Mondo Rocco" and Richard Amory's "Song of the Loon" by Ian J. Tree;

*article on Lauren Bacall and her performance in "Applause" entitled "Can A Leatherless Lauren Bacall Find Happiness In The Tool Box?" by Jason Gould (with two photos);

*article "Sex and the Macrobiotic Menace: Why Bones Are Not My Bag" by Robert Amsel;

*article on Fellini's "Satyricon" (with two photos);

*delightful article on public sex and public toilets entitled "The M-Rated Tearoom" by John P. LeRoy;

*small, early ad from The Colt Studio, then out of New York (with photo);

*photographic ads for back issues of GAY and Drum; *much more.

 

 

"GAY" (#15, May 18, 1970) edited by Lige Clarke and Jack Nichols, and published by Al Goldstein (of "Screw" Magazine) and their Four Swords, Inc. out of New York City. A large, left-folded newspaper containing 20 pages including front and rear covers.

Highlights include:

 

*cover photo and interior interview of Paul P. Rao, then primary candidate for Congress from New York's 17th Congressional District (a post then held by Edward Koch, with interior photo: "Mr. Rao came to the attention of GAY when he was quoted in a Greenwich Village newspaper, blasting his opponent for questioning police harassment of homosexual bars"; the accompanying Editorial by Lige Clarke and Jack Nichols reads, in small part, "The rather square, naice face adorning GAY's cover this week belongs to Congressional hopeful, Paul P. Rao...We wish Rao well after his defeat. Hopefully, he may open a restaurant or a nightclub [friendly to gay people]");

*fabulous interview with Una Sex entitled "Don't Call Me Madam!" (with two photos);

*fabulous interview with gay erotic pulp writer Dirk Vanden entitled "Sodom and Tomorrow: The Future of Gay Erotica";

*article on consensual sex in subway toilets entitled "Tip Toe Through the Tearoom" by Dick Leitsch;

*article on gay hotels, bars, and bathhouses in Paris entitled "Fils De Joie: Paris When It Sizzles" by Peter Ogren;

*splendid list and descriptions of New York's gay bars, restaurants, and bathhouses compiled by John Francis Hunter;

*full-page article on the musical rock group "Fresh" and their album "FRESH Out of Borstal" entitled "Rough Trade Rock: A Reform School Recording" (with photo of the group);

*interview of Jack Baker entitled "The Man From Minnesota" (with photo);

*article on the Black Panthers entitled "Ball A Panther For Peace and Freedom" by John P. LeRoy (with photo of Huey P. Newton);*much more.

 

 

Sixteenth issue of "GAY" (#16, May 25, 1970) edited by Lige Clarke and Jack Nichols, and published by Al Goldstein (of "Screw" Magazine) and their Four Swords, Inc. out of New York City. A large, left-folded newspaper containing 20 pages including front and rear covers.

Highlights include:

 

*short news article entitled "Ex-Mouseketeer to Play Christine" (with photo of actor John Hansen and Christine Jorgensen at the Academy Awards);

*article "Stoned in San Juan: Puerto Rican Publife" by Hector Simms (with five photos of bars and bathhouses);

*article on female impersonator Julian Eltinge entitled "The Drag Who Showed Mae West How" by Tim Marlowe (with two photos);

*article on the women's movement entitled "Give Us Liberty - Or We'll Blow Your Brains Out!" by John P. LeRoy (with delightful movie still of three prairie women pointing a shotgun at two ranch hands);

*article "A Teenager Asks: How Low Can High Schools Go? The Plight of the Gay Student" by Diane Devlin (with photo);

*cover photo and inside article by Gay Liberation Front member Kathy Wakeham entitled "A Girl About Town: Kathy Goes Kruising";

*Part Six of health column "Plumbing Care and Maintenance" by Angelo d'Arcangelo, this segment entitled "Those Navy Blues: Making Your Own With Venereal Material" (with photo from Colt Studio).

 

 

Issue #22 of "GAY" (July 6, 1970) edited by Lige Clarke and Jack Nichols, and published by Al Goldstein (of "Screw" Magazine) and their Four Swords, Inc. out of New York City. A large, left-folded newspaper containing 20 pages including front and rear covers.Highlights include:

 

*cover photo and interior article on David John Taylor, nineteen-year-old mural painter, model, actor and ex-marine (with four photos, including front cover);

*news item "Denmark to Allow Homosexual Prostitution";

*article "Everything You Always Wanted To Know About Crazy Shrinks * But Were Afraid To Ask" by John Francis Hunter (with photo of Dr. David Reuben and comments about his "excremental best-seller");

*article "Is It All A Laughing Matter?" by Angelo d'Arcangelo (author of the famous "Homosexual Handbook" on various gay topics, a "bag of mixed sweets for the week");

*article "Being New York's Governor Is A Drag!" by Dick Leitsch (on Edward Hyde, Lord Cornbury, governor of New York from 1702-1708);

*article on the Continental Baths and Health Club at 230 West 74th Street entitled "Doin' The Continental: Rub-a-Dub-Dub" (with four interior photos);

*article "Boardwalk Beatoff: The Atlantic City Scene" by Lige Clarke and Jack Nichols (with three photos, two of M & M bartenders Walter and Tommy);

*article "The Screw Trial Begins" by John P. LeRoy (on the trial of Al Goldstein and his vintage underground erotic newspaper "Screw");

*ads from Pat Rocco, Colt Studio (then in New York), gay male film house "Opus One"; others;

*much more.

 

 

#23 of "GAY" (July 13, 1970) edited by Lige Clarke and Jack Nichols, and published by Al Goldstein (of "Screw" Magazine) and their Four Swords, Inc. out of New York City. A large, left-folded newspaper containing 20 pages including front and rear covers.

The historic underground gay liberation publication containing fabulous articles, news, artwork, photographs, classifieds, and vintage advertisements. Highlights include:

 

*cover photo and interior article and photospread on the Off-Broadway play "The Dirtiest Show In Town" (with 11 photographs, including front cover of actors R.A. Dow, Paul-Matthew Eckhart, and Bradford Riley; interior cast group shots; and individual shots of Paul-Matthew Eckhart, R.A. Dow, Jeffrey Herman, Robert Schrock, Brad Riley, and Arthur Morey);

*news item "Dear Abby Says 'Gays Not Sick!'";

*lengthy article "Summer In The City: Barfly's Baedecker, Manhattan's Haunts & Hideaways" (with four photos: Sardi's - "Suit and tie strangulation"; Jimmy Ray's - "A place for good lays?"; "The Haven" - "A Fruit-Juicer's Heaven"; and the "Haymarket" - "Make out at the Haymarket while the moon shines!");

*article "The Screw Trial Ends" by John P. LeRoy;

*article "Just Laugh Your Troubles Away!" by Dick Leitsch ("'Homosexuals have a secret weapon, one of the most powerful weapons in the world,' my favorite philosopher, Angelo d'Arcangelo, told a Mattachine audience in New York last year. 'That most potent of all weapons is the homosexual sense of camp.'");

*article "There's Money In Madness" by Angelo d'Arcangelo (on Charles W. Socarides, M.D. "A Report on Psychiatry's No. 1 Charlatan");

*delightful article and photospread on Charlie Chaplin entitled "Charlie Chaplin's Drag Days" (with six vintage film stills of Chaplin in female dress);

*vintage ads from Colt Studio, Pat Rocco, Kris Studio, others;

*much more.

 

 

#29 of "GAY" (August 24, 1970) edited by Lige Clarke and Jack Nichols, and published by Al Goldstein (of "Screw" Magazine) and their Four Swords, Inc. out of New York City. A large, left-folded newspaper containing 20 pages including front and rear covers. Highlights include:

 

*splendid cover photograph entitled "Friendship in Central Park";

*news item "Vatican Says 'NO' To Gay Marriages";

*news item "Former Mattachine Official Murdered" (on Howard "Bud" Tanner, one of the original leaders of Mattachine Midwest; the suspect was described as "a white male, 30 to 40 years of age, 6 feet tall, 180 to 200 pounds, with a heavy build, large biceps, broad shoulders, dark thinning hair, flat nose, small eyes, poor teeth, and sunburned, reportedly described himself as a truckdriver from California. It is believed that he has moved to another large city since the murder");

*delightful article "A Dissection of the Fruit Fly: Doin' the Fag Hag Rag" by John Francis Hunter (with two photographs, one of Barbra Streisand, and one of Judy Garland);

*article "The Limp Arm of the Law" by Angelo d'Arcangelo (on five gay men who were attacked and brutally beaten, with three photos);

*second and final installment of exclusvie interview with Christine Jorgensen (with splendid photograph of Ms. Jorgensen looking at an issue of GAY);

*article "Is Shea Stadium Ready For Our Team - Why Not?" by Cary Yurman (on the Gay Activists Alliance softball team, with three shots);

*article "A Case Of Proximity" by Dr. George Weinberg (on the police bust of a gay man: "'We picked up Jesse Barton on a charge of proximity' Detective Blackbush continued. 'What was he proximate to?' I [George Weinberg] asked. 'The officer is going to report that his mouth was in the proximity of the genitals of another fellow.'");

*vintage ads from the Roundtable; the Park-Miller gay adult theatre; Paul Abrams and Associates (with photo of Dane, an ex-marine); the Club Bath chain; others;*much more.

 

 

#30 of "GAY" (August 31, 1970) edited by Lige Clarke and Jack Nichols, and published by Al Goldstein (of "Screw" Magazine) and their Four Swords, Inc. out of New York City. A large, left-folded newspaper containing 20 pages including front and rear covers.

 

The historic underground gay liberation publication containing fabulous articles, news, artwork, photographs, classifieds, and vintage advertisements. Highlights include:

*splendid cover photograph of Walter Burns, the director of "Barbara," as well as centerspread article on and photospread of the film (with 11 photos: nine stills from the film, another of Walter Burns, and one of producer Josef Bush, aka Angelo d'Arcangelo);

*article on, and interview of, Jim Owles entitles "An Owles Who Gives A Hoot: Meet Jim Owles, President of the Gay Activists Alliance" (with three photos);

*lengthy review of the book "The Love That Dared Not Speak Its Name: A Candid History of Homosexuality in Britain" by H. Montomery Hyde, the review by John P. LeRoy and entitled "Be Buggered and Be Beheaded" (with photo of H. Montgomery Hyde);

*news item "Nixon's Commission Says Porno's OK";

*news item "Gay Pride Record Album Released" on the album "June 28, 1970, Gay and Proud" (a documentary record album chronicling the mass demonstrations of Christopher Street Liberation Day, Gay Pride Week, and the growth of the gay liberation movement);

*article "A Visit to the Thompson Gallery: He'll Paint You Uncircumsized" (on Frank Thompson, with five photos: a portrait shot of the artist, his gallery, shot of the gallery interior, one male art piece, and a poster reproduction of his "Erotic Art Show" exhibition sponsored by the Gay Activists Alliance);

*vintage ads from the Continental Bath & Health Club; The Studio Bookshop; the Park-Miller Theatre; male dating service "Man-To-Man"; others;*much more.

 

 

#64 of "GAY" (November 22, 1971) edited by Lige Clarke and Jack Nichols, and published by Al Goldstein (of "Screw" Magazine) and their Four Swords, Inc. out of New York City. A large, left-folded newspaper containing 24 pages including front and rear covers.

 

The historic underground gay liberation publication containing fabulous articles, news, artwork, photographs, classifieds, and vintage advertisements. Highlights include:

-article "'I'll Tell You What It's Like in Jail!' A Cellmate's Story" by Donnie Johnson (with two photos: "Donnie Johnson, recently released from a California jail, has consented to speak with GAY about his experiences there. The Editors are grateful for this unusually frank account on what goes on behind bars, and how gay inmates are treated in 'the tank'");

-lengthy review of the classic book "Dancing the Gay Lib Blues" by Arthur Bell (with photo);

-half page illustrated ad for gay film "Assonance" then showing at the Drake Theatre in Los Angeles;

-article "Big Payoffs and Little Pleasures" by Dick Leitsch (on New York's Knapp Commission investigating police corruption: "At this writing 'fag joints' have been mentioned only in passing");

-full page article "The Life & Times of T.C. Jones" (with three historical photographs of this early female impersonator and entertainer);

-article on Harold - Hal - Call, once President of the Mattachine Society, and owner of the vintage gay publishing house Pan-Graphic Press (with photo of Hal Call);

-vintage advertisements for Colt Studio, the Park-Miller Theatre, the Jewel Theatre, Ah Men, the Garden District, the Club Baths, many others; -much more.

 

 

#65 of "GAY" (December 6, 1971). Highlights include:

 

-lengthy cover story "Listening To Allen Ginsberg: Poems At N.Y.U." (with photo);

-article "Is There A Gay Bar in Slop Jar, West Virginia?" by Dick Leitsch (on the recently released gay travel guide "1972 Guild Guide: USA & International");

-article "The Old Erotica: A Peek at Shriveled Penes" by Grant Duay (on gay erotica in books and films);

-article "A Visit With An Elder Statesman: W. Dorr Legg of One, Inc." by Thane Hampten (with five photos);

-article "Some of My Best Friends Are" by Aaron Bates (reviewing the film of the same name, with three photos: "Poor Barrett Hartman. His wife just caught a glimpse of that matchbook from the Blue Jay Bar and everyone knows what kind of place that is");

-Candy Darling and David Drew interviewed by Aaron Bates (with three photos); -much, much more.

 

 

#67 of "GAY" (January 10, 1972) , left-folded newspaper containing 20 pages including front and rear covers. Highlights include:

 

-cover story "Suburban 'Stonewall' Shakes Long Island" by Nicholas Martino (with three photos, including one after the raid: "Holbrook, Long Island, N.Y., a dull, dreary whistle-stop totally undistinguished save for the existence on its main thoroughfare of the Corral bar, a well-attended gay watering spot and gathering place. On the night of Friday, November 19, Suffolk County Police, not previously noted for their generosity, gave local gays the gift of their first bona-fide raid. Ho-hum, the reader may say, another raid, but the almost unbelievable stupidity and viciousness of the pigs involved, and the commendable reaction of the bar's management to the incident, endow this particular bust with special distinction...");

-gay travel column "The Gay Insider" by John Francis Hunter (with two photos: one of John Francis Hunter; the other of 1971 Groovy Guy Contest winner Jimmy Hughes);

-splendid double-page article "The Wit and Wisdom of Oscar Fingal O'Flahertie Wills Wilde" by Thane Hampton (with four photos); -much, much more.

 

#68 (mis-numbered #69) of "GAY" (January 24, 1972) A large, left-folded newspaper containing 20 pages including front and rear covers. Highlights include:

 

-cover story "Tuesday Bloody Tuesday: Suffolk Police Jump Gays" by Nicholas Martino;

-brief front cover announcement "Top Stars Play Continental Baths" (with photos of Dick Gregory and Tiny Tim);

-photo of Casey Donovan - Cal Culver - reading an issue of "GAY";

-article "Eversoft At The Everard" by Aaron Bates (with three photos of the famous and historic gay male bathhouse, The Everard Baths);

-article "A Good Jewish Boy Attends A Christian Service" by Leo Skir (with three photos);

-article "Facts Your History Teacher 'Forgot' To Mention" by Dick Leitsch;

-column "The Gay Insider" by John Francis Hunter;

-article "The Great [Sex] Famine" by Lige Clarke ("Until I had worked in the offices of "Screw" magazine I'd never realized how many of today's men and women have virtually no means of obtaining sexual release");

-article "Words For The New Culture" by Dr. George Weinberg (on gay self-definition terms);

-quarter page advertisement for Wakefield Poole's film "Boys in the Sand" (starring Casey Donovan);

-full page advertisement for Man's Country (with male beefcake photo);

-much, much more.

 

 

#70 of "GAY" (February 21, 1972) A large, left-folded newspaper containing 24 pages including front and rear covers. Highlights include:

 

-editorial "The Times They Are A-Changin'" by Lige Clarke and Jack Nichols;

-two articles on Allen Ginsberg entitled "Sing Along with Ginsberg" by Leo Skir and Jack Nichols (Leo Skir describes running into Allen Ginsberg at Nathan's on 8th Street "eating oysters and about to go home"; Jack Nichols describes a telephone conversation with Ginsberg; the articles are accompanied by a photograph of Allen Ginsberg and Peter Orlovsky);

-poem by Allen Ginsberg entitled "Jimmy Berman, Newsboy Gay Lib Rag" (with photo of Ginsberg);

-article on Walt Whitman by Lige Clarke and Jack Nichols (with five photos);

-article "Thane Hampten Loves Bobby Short Who Loves Cole Porter" by Thane Hampten (with photo of Bobby Short);

-lengthy column "The Gay Insider" by John Francis Hunter (with three photos);

-article "Don't Tell Me I'm Gorgeous. Just Give Me a Job!" by Dr. George Weinberg (on the snubbing of transvestites in both the gay and straight communities);

-much, much more.

 

 

#71 of "GAY" (March 6, 1972) A large, left-folded newspaper containing 24 pages including front and rear covers. Highlights include:

 

-cover article "Police Report Entrapments to U.S. Government" by Perrin Shaffer;

-cover article "'1776' Producer Sues Owner Of Continental Baths" by John P. LeRoy ("New York, N.Y. - Stuart Ostrow, producer of the hit Broadway musical '1776' is suing Steve Ostrow [no relation], owner of the Continental Baths...for $1,500,000 on the grounds that the regular Friday and Saturday night cabaret entertainment at the Continental constituted 'unfair competition, defamation of the right of privacy' and had caused him - Stuart Ostrow - 'public embarrassment and exposure to public ridicule'"; with photo of Steve Ostrow, owner of the Continental Baths);

-article "Tiny Tim Flubs The Tub" by John P. LeRoy (with photo: "Tiny Tim came to the Continental Baths on the night of January 29, stayed for about forty-five minutes and left. I don't think he'll be missed...");

-quarter page advertisement "WAKEFIELD POOLE NOW CASTING: NEXT FEATURE TO BE SHOT IN EARLY MARCH. ATTRACTIVE MALES, 21-30 ONLY, MASCULINE, WITH NO HANG-UPS...");

-article "A Mardi Gras In Old New York" by Vicki Richman (with photo; on Lee Brewster's annual Mardi Gras Ball);

-article "George Washington Slept Where?" by Dick Leitsch (accompanied by a "little-known portrait of Georgie, who slept in more places than historians care to remember");

-article "What Is The Gay Activists Alliance Really Doing?" by Dr. George Weinberg (with two photos);

-much, much more.

 

 

Gay Activist of Gay Activists Alliance

 

The Gay Activists Alliance, whose symbol was the lower case Greek letter lambda, was founded in New York City following the historical Stonewall Inn Riot by dissident members of the Gay Liberation Front. Their New York City headquarters on Wooster Street, Greenwich Village, was torched and destroyed by arsonists in 1974. A pivotal, non-violent yet militant early gay liberation organization, GAA effectively used zaps, sit-ins, and raids to accomplish their goals of obtaining legal recognition and rights for gay people. This highly effective grassroots organization dissolved in 1981.

 

 

February 1973 issue of "Gay Activist of Gay Activists Alliance" (their early second year of publication) published by the Gay Activists Alliance out of New York City. A tabloid (fold-over) newspaper, when unfolded contains 4 pages including front and rear covers. A joint gay male and lesbian activist organization, the third and fourth pages contain news from the "Lesbian Activist of Gay Activist Alliance." Contents include:

 

*"Presidents's Letter" by Bruce Voeller ("With this issue of the Newsletter, GAA is embarking upon a new journey. We want to reach out to the Gay Community here in New York and across the country through our newsletter...The press-run of 20,000 for this issue of the GAY ACTIVIST and LESBIAN ACTIVIST will make our newsletter the largest in the country");

*article "Curing the Psychiatrists" ("Official abandonment of the 'illness theory' of homosexuality by the psychiatric profession is a major goal of the gay movement...Members of the Gay Activists Alliance are meeting on Feb. 8 in New York with the Nomenclature Committee of the American Psychiatric Association. Our purpose: to convince them to remove homosexuality immediately from their list of psychiatric 'disorders' and to publicize that decision as widely as possible");

*news article "Tax Commission Oppresses Gays" by Mike McPherson ("In January 1972 when Intro No. 475, the GAA-sponsored civil rights bill, was voted down the first time in the General Welfare Committee of the City Council, Mayor Lindsay issued a policy memorandum which he claimed would protect gay women and men in city employment. The mayor was quite proud of this order. Members of GAA were highly suspicious that this executive directive would not be enforced by the various city agencies. Unfortunately, it was not long before our suspicions were confirmed");

*news article "GAA Wins Right To Incorporate";

*February Schedule of GAA Events;

*news article "First Issue [of] Lesbian Activist";

*news article "GAA Zaps Bar Where Lesbian Was Assaulted";

*news article "Federal Anti-Gay Law Proposed";

*article "A Lesbian/Feminist Assesses Her 'Heritage'" by Liza C. May Chan;

*ads on joining the Gay Activists Alliance, meeting locations, and various outreach appeals ("Has your school, college, community group, political group, block association, etc. been addressed by speakers from the Gay Activists Alliance?").

 

 

March 1973 issue of "Gay Activist of Gay Activists Alliance" (their early second year of publication) published by the Gay Activists Alliance out of New York City. A tabloid (fold-over) newspaper, when unfolded contains 4 pages including front and rear covers. A joint gay male and lesbian activist organization, the third and fourth pages contain news from the "Lesbian Activist of Gay Activist Alliance." Contents include:

 

*"Presidents's Letter" by Bruce Voeller ("Every person, gay or straight, has a major stake in protesting at the INNER CIRCLE dinner to be held in the New York Hilton March 3rd. Why? Because EVERY one loses in a constitutional democracy where the law is enforced selectively - to the benefit of the powerful and to the detriment of the rest of us. That is what happened last year, beginning on April 15 at the Inner Circle. Five friends and I, Bob Rome, John Vouriotis, Jim Owles, Morty Manford and Ron Thomas, were savagely beaten by guests at that dinner and by plain-clothes security guards. We had been peacefully leafletting there...a time-honored activity for ALL civil rights groups");

*news article "GAA For Gay Rights Legislative Package In Albany" by John Howard;

*article "GAA Fights Media Oppression";

*appeal "WANT TO HELP GAY LIBERATION, BUT CAN'T? Send a check to GAA's Legal Defense & Bail Fund: GAA, 99 Wooster St., N.Y.C. 10012";

*March Schedule of GAA Events;

*article "New Lesbian Organization Planned" by Jean O'Leary;

*news article "LLC [Lesbian Liberation Committee] Invades Barney Googles" by Bonnie Gray ("On the evening of January 17, members of the Lesbian Liberation Committee zapped Barney Google's in order to determine if we had an issue of discrimination against gay women. Discrimination against gay men had already been determined at a previous zap. GAA men had been thrown out for fast dancing together; the women had been allowed to dance, on the assumption that we were straight and dancing together out of desperation, rather than choice. This time we were going back to test a lesbian issue");

*news article "N.Y. Times Book Review Neglects Lesbian Literature";

*ads on joining the Gay Activists Alliance, meeting locations, and various outreach appeals ("GAA & the Firehouse need furniture and office equipment in GOOD CONDITION").

 

 

December 1976 issue of "Gay Activist" (Vol. 5 #4) published by the Gay Activists Alliance out of New York City. A tabloid (fold-over) newspaper, when unfolded contains 8 pages including front and rear covers. Contents include:

 

*John Damien interviewed (with two photos: "One of the most important defense cases in the gay movement today is John Damien's fight for reinstatement as a horse-racing steward by the Ontario Racing Commission. The job of a steward is to enforce the rules of racing on the racetrack. Damien, who lives in Toronto, was fired from his top position in the racing industry on Feb. 6, 1975. The grounds: Damien is homosexual");

*GAA update "TO OUR READERS" ("With this issue, the 'Gay Activist' has changed to a tabloid format. This will enable us to develop a more lively presentation and offers greater layout possibilities. More important, we will now be able to carry lengthier features...");

*news update "GAA Moves" ("At the end of August, the Gay Activists Alliance moved. We now share space in the spacious headquarters of the West Side Discussion Group - WSDG - at 37 Ninth Avenue, corner of 14th Street");

*news article "Gays Join Canadian General Strike" by Randy Notte (with photo: "Over 1,000,000 Canadians walked off the job October 14 in this country's first national general strike. Protesting last year's imposition of wage freezes by Prime Minister Pierre Elliott Trudeau, mass demonstrations and walk-outs slowed and in some cases shut down most Canadian cities");

*news article "AAUP Victory" and accompanying resolution from the United Federation of Teachers ("Some 500 delegates to the 62nd annual meeting of the American Association of University Professors - AAUP - meeting in Santa Barbara, voted June 26 to commit the association to defending gay academics against discrimination by institutions of higher learning");

*article "The Democratic Convention Demo" by David Thorstad (with two photos, one of David Thorstad addressing the July 11 rally, one of Gregg Gazis, Acting President of GAA: "Some 1,000 persons passed up the beach and other pastimes on a hot Sunday afternoon to march in the July 11 gay liberation demonstration at the outset of the Democratic Party's National Convention in New York City");

*article "Eye on the Media" by Billy Schoell ("There have been so many recent TV shows and movies that deal with gay characters and themes that GAA's Media Committee has had some trouble keeping tabs on them all");

*news article on the Fall meeting of the New York State Coalition of Gay Organizations (NYSCGO);

*ads on joining the Gay Activists Alliance, meeting locations, and various outreach appeals (including "The Committee to Defend John Damien").

 

 

With bold cover headline and primary interior article "FBI ADMITS SPYING ON GAA."

 

March 1977 issue of "Gay Activist" (Vol. 6 #1) published by the Gay Activists Alliance out of New York City. A tabloid (fold-over) newspaper, when unfolded contains 8 pages including front and rear covers. Contents include:

 

*lead article "FBI ADMITS SPYING ON GAA" ("As the much-touted Bicentennial drew to a close, the Gay Activists Alliance received documents under the Freedom of Information Act proving that the FBI has spied on it");

*facsimile copies of five documents on the Gay Activist Alliance received under the Freedom of Information Act;

*lengthy excerpt from GAA's letter to the Attorney General appealing the FBI's partial release of documents pertaining to GAA, along with a 32-item list of documents demanded by GAA from the FBI (beginning with "The formation of GAA in December 1969");

*side bar on J. Edgar Hoover (with illustrative caricature: "The Associated Press reported Nov. 23, 1976, that a substantial number of FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover's 'official and confidential' files dealt with allegations that certain politicians, figures, and government employees were homosexual. The files also contained memorandums to Hoover informing him of people who at various times charged that he was homosexual.

 

"A striking example of a pig fairy in a high place actively working as an enemy of his own kind, and in return being accepted and much appreciated by the heterosexist establishment..."

*article "Moralists On Crusade" by Mark Bentley ("Since before the New Year, the New York press has been running a flood of articles on the problem of sexual exploitation of children. In the forefront of this righteous crusade to make this a big issue are Dr. Judianne Densen-Gerber, president of the Odyssey Institute of New York; Father Bruce Ritter, a Franciscan priest whose credentials include his being a specialist in 14th century theology, and who heads Covenant House, a chain of close to a dozen centers for runaway boys in New York City...and Sidney Baumgarten, special assistant to Mayor Beame and director of the Midtown Enforcement Project...");

*article "Sexual Preference vs. Sexual Orientation" (the text of the statement adopted by the Gay Activists Alliance in early 1975);

*sidebar "[President Jimmy] Carter's Hypocrisy on Human Rights";

*article "Miami Bigots on Rampage" by Frank Richter ("Miami area homophobes are trying to collect the 10,000 signatures needed to put a 'Save Our Children' - From Homosexuality - referendum on the ballot");

*column "Eye on the Media" by Billy Schoell ("Bad gay images have been biting the dust");

*article "GAA Grapples With Its Identity";

*article "A Minority View: An Argument Against the Destruction of GAA" by R. Paul Martin and Fred Goldhaver;

*full-page appeal "Defy The Supreme Court! Come To Washington, D.C., Saturday, May 21, 1977!"

 

 

With bold cover headline, photograph, and primary interior article "INTRO 384: GAY RIGHTS BILL IN NYC COUNCIL."

 

May 1978 issue of "Gay Activist" (Vol. 7 #2) published by the Gay Activists Alliance out of New York City. A tabloid (fold-over) newspaper, when unfolded contains 8 pages including front and rear covers. Contents include:

 

*lead article "DEMO: INTRO 384 IN CITY COUNCIL" by Seth Lawrence (with three photos, including front cover: "On April 18, 1978, New York City's gay civil rights bill, Intro 384, was introduced into the City Council and referred to the General Welfare Committee. Two days prior, the Coalition for Lesbian and Gay Rights - CLGR - held a massive march and rally demanding the introduction and passage of such a bill");

*article "BIGOT SILENCED!" by Seth Lawrence ("For the second time in two years, GAA successfully prevented Charles Socarides, homophobic psychiatrist, from lecturing on the 'sickness' of homosexuality. On Friday, April 28, Socarides was scheduled to appear at the Carnegie International Center...[the Carnegie International Center] had cancelled the lecture due to GAA's announced mass demonstration and because of 'security problems'");

*photo of two young men wearing pride tee-shirts "Going on 10" ("The Christopher Street Liberation Day Parade 1978 will mark the beginning of the TENTH YEAR since the Stonewall Rebellion...");

*news article "Bangor" by Jerry O'Mara ("On March 31, a GAA delegation attended the 1978 Maine Symposium for Lesbians and Gay Men held at Bangor");

*news articles related to the third annual Southeastern Conference of Lesbians and Gay Men held in Atlanta, Georgia in late March and early April, and the Lesbian and Gay Militant Conference (sponsored by GAA/NY and BAHR - Boston Advocates for Human Rights) held in Providence on February 18;

*article "Gay, Lesbian & Blind" by Peter Freeman;

*article "Victory at Riker's Is[land]" by Brian O'Dell:

"'They say that we can't go to school because they're afraid if we are brought up with the other guys sodomy will happen,' says Eddie, gay youth offender at the NYC ARDC - Adolescent Reception & Detention Center - on Riker's Island";

*vintage ads for Uncle Paul's Tavern, Colt Cruise Bar, and The Black Sheep;

*article "COHLA" by Francisco Dominguez ("COHLA stands for 'Comite Homosexual Latino-Americano' which in English means Gay Latin American Committee. COHLA was founded last September by several hispanic lesbians and gay men who met at the August 20th March on the United Nations");

*article "PACT 'Having Fits'" by Robert D'Avanzo ("Pace University of New York has refused to recognize 'Pace Students for Lesbian & Gay Rights' in spite of the fact that the group meets all the requirements for an on-campus club");

*column "Media Update" by Ed Marcus ("The exploitation of gay themes is often shot through with homophobia, and choosing which to confront is a selective process based on which are the most pernicious, and which we can respond to with the maximal effect");

*comic strip "COMING OUT" by Fred Goldhaber;

*article on Gay Leningrad by Robert D'Avanzo.

 

 

With bold cover headline, photograph, and primary interior article "SET FOR OCT 14: March on Washington."

 

April-May 1979 issue of "Gay Activist" (Vol. 8 #2) published by the Gay Activists Alliance out of New York City. A tabloid (fold-over) newspaper, when unfolded contains 12 pages including front and rear covers.Contents include:

 

*lead article "Philly Conference Sets March on Washington for Oct. 14" by Art Gursch and Wayne Sunday (with photo of conference attendees: "A historic gathering of some three hundred lesbian and gay male activists from all over the country met in Philadelphia February 24 and 25 to discuss plans for holding a national march on Washington for lesbian and gay rights";

*article "GAA Compiles 1979 Dishonor Roll" including:

"The 'batpack,' a collection of armed young punks from the East Side who were finally caught in July after ambushing and attempting to murder six gay men in Central Park...

 

"State Senator John Briggs of California for waging a year-long campaign for Proposition 6, a law that would have required the firing of gay school teachers...

 

"Quentin Crisp, for going about the United States and Great Britain advocating that gay people not fight back even when they're being beaten, and for his favorite statement, 'No homosexual, no matter how noble, is as good as the lowest heterosexual'...

 

"Former Supervisor Dan White of San Francisco, for the murder of Supervisor Harvey Milk...

"Mad Magazine and its publishers and contributors who continued throughout 1978 to viciously put down gay people and the idea of human rights for gay people..."

*article "CLGR Maps Strategy" (the Coalition for Lesbian and Gay Rights);

*news article "GAA Denounces Voeller-Bigot 'Debates'" (Bruce Voeller was an early President of GAA: "The Gay Activists Alliance has denounced Dr. Bruce Voeller for his scheme to enrich himself and the avowed enemies of gay people");

*news item "Body Politic Acquitted" (the much-harassed Canadian gay publication);

*news article "Demonstrators Attacked in Queens" (with photograph of the Gay Youth contingent);

*article "Paperback Gays: Gay Characters in Popular Fiction" by Bill Schoell;

*article "Gay Militant Atheists" by Robert D'Avanzo ("Gay Militant Atheists is a radical movement group formed in January by fifteen militants who felt that the churches should be a special target");

*article "Matters of Life and Death" by R. Paul Martin ("There is a war being waged in New York City...It is a war of killing and death, of blood and mutilated bodies. It is a war of clandestine forces and body counts. It is a one-sided war. It is a war being waged against gay men");

*article "Demand Inquiry Into Murder of Utah Socialist" by Betsey Stone ("A broadly endorsed public campaign is under way to demand a full investigation into the brutal murder of Tony Adams, a leader of the Socialist Workers Party here. Adams, a twenty-five-year-old Black bus driver, was well known in Salt Lake as an advocate of gay rights, a fighter against racism, and an out-spoken socialist");

*comic strip "COMING OUT" by Fred Goldhaber; *much more.

 

 

In less than one year, this pivotal gay liberation organization would disband.

Spring 1980 issue of "Gay Activist" (Vol. 9 #2) published by the Gay Activists Alliance out of New York City. A tabloid (fold-over) newspaper, when unfolded contains 8 pages including front and rear covers. Contents include:

 

*lead and lengthy article "UNITED FOR THE DECRIMINALIZATION OF PROSTITUTION - MARCH 27" ("A press conference was held on March 27 at Judson Memorial Church aimed at taking the prostitution laws off the books and off our bodies") including statements from: Iris De La Cruz of the Prostitutes of New York (PONY), Margaret Prescott-Roberts of the Black Women for Wages for Housework and the New York Prostitutes Collective, Selma James of the English Collective of Prostitutes, Robert D'Acanzo of the Gay Activists Alliance, and Wilmette Brown of Wages Due Lesbians;

*lengthy "Statement by the North American Man/Boy Love Association to the Oberlin Conference, March 7-9/80" (NAMBLA);

*commentary "March on Albany" ("We [GAA] support the demands for the abolition of all laws which are used to harass lesbians, gay males and transpeople - the sodomy laws, solicitation and loitering laws, prostitution legislation. We demand the release of all prisoners in the state now being held on these charges");

*article "CLGR and the March on Albany" ("This time the New York Coalition of Lesbian and Gay Rights may not itself survive the destructiveness it has thrown out into the New York State Lesbian, Gay male, and Transpeople movement. GAA left the CLGR some months ago, and it may be argued by leftists whether this was tactically correct or not, but the conservative direction we saw arise time and time again has now broken out into the larger movement and it is at least clear why we left those politics behind");

*short news item "Cop who Pushed Lesbian Killed";

*short news item "Birthday Party for Hitler" ("On April 17th the Nazi Party will celebrate Hitler's birthday in San Francisco. We fully endorse the demonstration against this 'party' to be held at the Civic Center at 7:30");

*the now-famous photograph of Anita Bryant after a cream pie was thrown on her face;

*article "Ripples: Statewide Support Needed for Gay/Lesbian Child Custody Bill"; *much more.

 

 

 

The Gay Clone

 

Issue #3 of "The Gay Clone" (May 1977, May Day Issue), published out of New York by the gay anarchist group Gay Men's Alliance and Lesbians Rising. A fold-over tabloid newspaper published annually (only a few issues were ever published), when unfolded contains 24 pages including front and rear covers.

 

 

Containing articles, news items, poetry, reviews, community resources, and artwork, contents include:

*definitions of Gay Anarchism, Anarchy, and Anarchist ("ANARCHY - Absence of government; disbelief in, and disregard of, invasion and authority based on coercion and force; a condition of society regulated by voluntary agreement instead of government")

*article "Anti-Authoritarianism" by Jim Kernochan;

*article "Gay Autonomy" by Mark A. Sullivan ("If you are gay, you are a potential disturber of the bureaucratic peace");

*article "Coming Out" by Elliott Cephus Jay;

*full-page report of recent activities by the Gay Men's Alliance and Lesbians Rising;

*May Day Gay Anarcho Statement ("Our refusal to adhere to state laws concerning our sex lives is a defiant act of revolution");

*poetry by Walter Streng, Dan Diamond, Michael Stephens, Harold Pickett, Loretta Lotman, and Reg Kahney;

*from Harold Pickett's poem "Democratic Concention":

 

"Democratic Convention 1976

Rock 'n Roll revolution

little long-haired skinny boys

w/red-green-yellow

painted dayglo faces

star-kissed eyes

the rock 'n roll refrain of

'Getta job'

yip yip yip yip yip

yip yip yip yip yip

YIPPEE"

*article "Evolutionary Liberation" by Michael Stephens;

*half-page announcement for the upcoming 7th Annual Gay Pride March in New York City;

*article "Looking at Gay Lib" by Harold Pickett;

*article on Soviet filmmaker Sergei Paradjanov by Walter Steng ("Sergei Paradjanov was arrested in January, 1974, ostensibly for a variety of charges which included speculation in foreign currency, spreading venereal disease, homosexuality, and coercion to a homosexual liaison. Immediately after his arrest, an international defense committee was set up and an appeal on his behalf was signed by major European directors, including Jean-Luc Godard, Francois Truffault, Alain Resnais, Luis Bunuel, Federico Fellini, Louis Malle, Luchino Visconti, Michelangelo Antonioni, Robert Rossellini, and Joseph Losey...[Paradjanov] was held in custody until his trial in May, 1974, at which he was sentenced to five years hard labor on a charge of 'partial homosexualism.' At his trial, he refused the defending counsel offered by the Soviet authorities");

*much, much more.

 

 

#4 of "The Gay Clone" (May 1978, May Day Issue), published out of New York by the gay anarchist group Gay Men's Alliance and Lesbians Rising. A fold-over tabloid newspaper published annually (only a few issues were ever published), when unfolded contains 16 pages including front and rear covers.

Containing articles, news items, poetry, reviews, community resources, and artwork, contents include:

*full-page "WHO WE ARE..." ("We are Gay Anarchists. We celebrate gay liberation through spiritual freedom. Surpassing social conventions based on the powers of religions and governments, we reconvene our own souls in the bright light of liberation");

*article "Child Autonomy" by Jim Kernochan ("The idea that we are child molesters is perhaps the biggest myth that gays need to dispel");

*an interview with Mark Sullivan, gay anarchist and publisher of "The Storm!" entitled "ANARCHIST UNMASKS!" (with photo: "Anarchism is the idea that the quality of human life is improved when and where the reliance upon authority, hierarchy, and coercion is abolished");

*half-page photograph of the Tom Robinson Band with brief write-up;

*article "Anarchy in Action" by Michael Stephens ("One cannot go to the South Bronx without realizing the failure of government and society to care for its people");

*poetry by Walter Streng, Elliott C. Jay, Joseph Kadlec, and Harold Pickett; *much, much more.

 

 

 

 

GAY FORUM

 

Volume 1 #2 of "GAY FORUM" (November 15-30, 1971), published by H. Lynn Womack and the Guild Press out of Benjamin Franklin Station, Washington, D.C. A short-lived publication, the Editor-in-Chief was J. J. Proferes (gay pulp novelist) and the Editor-At-Large was Dr. Franklin E. Kameny (then President of the Washington, D.C. Chapter of the Mattachine Society). A tabloid-style (folded) newspaper printed on quality paper and containing 24 full-pages when unfolded.

 

Contents include:

*double-page male physique poster;

*magnificent vintage gay male advertisements with photographs from, among others, the Regency Baths, The Book Bin (out of Atlanta, Georgia), Village Books and Press, Continental Baths & Health Club, Dolly's ("The only d.c. bar with GO-GO BOYS"), Standish-Square Corporation, gay bar Lost and Found, Club Baths, Pub 9, Mark II Theatre, GSF, Slam Products, others;

*delightful political cartoon of Richard Nixon talking to one of his inner circle "Oh, I thought that when you suggested a Lady for the Supreme Court, you meant Dr. Kameny or Dick Leitsch!";

*news items (several with photos) including:

- "New D.C. Bar Is Picketed By Gays: Group Charges 'Racial Bias'" (the Lost and Found);

- "Teacher in Moral Charge"

- "Hollywood Gays Show Muscle At Polls"

- "S.F. Police Assess Male Prostitution"

- "National Lawyers Guild Passes Gay Rights Resolution"

*articles including:

- "Heterosexuals Have 'Problem' Gays Assert at Homosexual Conference"

*profile of young black actor Rob Jourdan (with three photos);

*travel article "Gay Fun Spots of the World" (Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands, with several beefcake shots);

*film review of "Some Of My Best Friends Are..." (with three photos);

 

*splendid full-page street map of the Washington, D.C. area showing the locations of gay bars, bathhouses, bookstores, and restaurants;

*short review of erotic film "Sexualis, U.S.A." produced by Infinity Films and featuring Duane Dymond (with five non-nude photos);

*full-page news of gay campus and university organizations (Indiana University, Cornell University, and George Washington University);

*article "DANGER!" ("This is a list of danger spots in and around Los Angeles, provided by HELP, an LA Organization" - the list includes the Bank of America on Hollywood Boulevard, Venice Pier, the May Company Downtown Wilshire tearoom);

 

 

 

 

 

The Gay Journal: A New Quarterly of Culture and Liberation Produced by Gay Women and Men

 

Second issue of "The Gay Journal: A New Quarterly of Culture and Liberation Produced by Gay Women and Men" (Issue #2, Spring 1979) published by BBD Publishing out of London, England. A high-quality stapled digest containing 64 pages including front and rear covers.Containing articles, fiction, poetry and artwork, contents include:

 

*short story "Matinee" by Roj Behring;

*lengthy two-page poem "The one time Tom saw Bill on the street" by Ian Young;

*short story "Cruise Ballet" by Beau Riley;

*poetry by Laurence Collinson illustrated by Peter Niczewski;

*non-fiction piece "All is not Hay" by Alvo;

*magnificent ancient erotic poetry of adolescence by Plato, Strato, Asclepiades of Adramytti, Alcaeus, and Meleager, as translated by Michael Kelly with seven male illustrations;

*short story "A Knight in Shining Armadillo" by Andrea Wordsworth;

*short story "King Cattletruck" by Richard Reyland (with illustration by Bill Ward);

*drawings by Reiss Howard; *much more.

 

 

 

"Gay Rights: A Libertarian Approach"

 

Pamphlet "Gay Rights: A Libertarian Approach" (no date, circa mid-1970s) written on behalf of the Libertarian Party by Dr. Ralph Raico, history professor at the State University College at Buffalo, New York. There is no place or publisher indicated. A quality stapled pamphlet measuring 5-1/2" by 8-1/2" and containing 16 pages including front and rear covers.

 

The text is divided into three sections:

 

"I. Human Sexuality vs. State Power" ("The possible forms of human sexual expression based on voluntary choice are very much greater than those sanctioned by any contemporary society");

 

"II. Attitudes of Other Political Movements and Parties" ("And as for the run-of-the-mill liberal politicians, we have a right to suspect the extent of their genuine tolerance. Consider, for example, one of the more 'liberal' of these men, Sargeant Shriver - who was [George] McGovern's Vice-Presidential candidate in 1972. In a speech in Chicago to Mayor Daley's precinct workers, on October 24, 1972, Shriver whiningly complained of the unfair attacks on McGovern in these terms: 'And then they say that George McGovern wants to give blanket amnesty to everybody - draft dodgers, deserters, queers, kooks...'");

 

"III. The Libertarian View" (their printed platform includes "Repeal of all laws regarding consensual sexual acts betweeen adults"; "Repeal of legislation prohibiting unions between members of the same sex"; "An end to the use of loitering statutes and entrapment procedures as a means of harassing gays and prostitutes").

 

 

 

 

Gay Scene

 

V.1, #1 of GAY SCENE, published in late 1969 or early 1970 in New York City.

This issue measures appx. 11x17 inches and has never been folded in half, and therefore its cover is uncreased, as shown in my first photo. It has appx. 20 pages printed on newsprint, which has browned and chipped slightly around the edges (and which may show in my photographs). Nonetheless, it is in remarkable condition for its age, and is all the more desirable because of its rarity in this unfolded condition.

 

Edited by BRUCE KING (a/k/a the physique and theatrical photographer AVERY WILLARD), this issue features a lengthy feature by Bruce King entitled "Tattooed Men," (as shown in my second photo) offering quite an overview of the tattoo culture up to that time. The content is interesting (and militant for its time), and this periodical is likely among the lesser known (and perhaps lesser collected) of all the pulp periodicals of that era.

 

V.1, #2 of GAY SCENE, published inearly 1970 in New York City.

 

Edited by BRUCE KING (a/k/a the physique and theatrical photographer AVERY WILLARD), this issue features a lengthy feature about the premiere of the film "Myra Breckenridge," as well as an actual full-page interview with MAE WEST that's quite a hoot (and which undoubtedly went unnoticed by Mae West scholars because of the periodical's limited circulation). There's also a two-page spread that was a hallmark of the publication, "PLAYTHING OF THE MONTH" featuring photos of GREGG PALMER (as shown in my second photo). The content is interesting (and militant for its time), and this periodical is likely among the lesser known (and perhaps lesser collected) of all the pulp periodicals of that era.

 

V.1, #8 of GAY SCENE, published circa 1971 in New York City.

 

Edited by BRUCE KING (a/k/a the physique and theatrical photographer AVERY WILLARD), this issue contains a lengthy feature entitled "Whither the Militants?," as well as evidence of the burgeoning leather movement in the form of "PLAYTHING OF THE MONTH" featuring photos of KRISTOFF (as shown in my second photo) and additional leather-ish photos included in an ad (as shown in my third photo) for photo sets by BRUCE KING.

 

V.2, #1 of GAY SCENE, published circa 1972 in New York City.

 

What makes this issue particularly appealing, however, is the uncredited work of the great JAMES BIDGOOD, whose image from his film "PINK NARCISSUS" graces the cover of the newspaper. Content throughout this issue (as well as a film advertisement, as shown in my third photo) refers to the creator of the film merely as "Anonymous," but this issue gives extensive coverage to this groundbreaking film and the genius behind it -- and perhaps represents one of the earliest (and least known) of the reviews and publications touting this seminal work.

 

V.2, #11 of GAY SCENE, published circa 1972 in New York City.

 

Edited by BRUCE KING (a/k/a the physique and theatrical photographer AVERY WILLARD), this issue contains a lengthy (and often hilarious) interview with Andy Warhol / Factory crony JACKIE CURTIS, as well as photos and a lengthy review of "THE TROJAN WOMEN," in which she was at that time starring (along with a then-unknown HARVEY FIERSTEIN, who is referred to in the review as "...a proud and sensual Andromache.") The publication's regular centerspread, "PLAYTHING OF THE MONTH" featured photos of ERNIE FROM MAN'S COUNTRY (as shown in my second photo).

 

V.3, #9 of GAY SCENE, published circa 1973 in New York City.

 

Edited by BRUCE KING (a/k/a the physique and theatrical photographer AVERY WILLARD), this issue contains a lengthy feature entitled "Murder Fright in Greenwich Village Grips Gay Community," as well as the publication's regular centerspread, "PLAYTHING OF THE MONTH" featured photos of BILL RUDD (as shown in my second photo).

 

V.4, #12 of GAY SCENE, published circa 1974 in New York City.

 

Concurrent with (and shortly after) the Stonewall uprising of June 1969, a number of homophile publications began appearing in larger cities across the United States. GAY SCENE was just one of a number of these publications launched in New York City. This issue measures appx. 11x17 inches and has never been folded in half, and therefore its cover is uncreased, as shown in my first photo. It has appx. 20 pages printed on newsprint.

 

Edited by BRUCE KING (a/k/a the physique and theatrical photographer AVERY WILLARD), this issue contains a lengthy feature entitled "Sex in Prison," plus a lengthy article on "Fire Island: Famous Gay Resort," as well as the publication's regular centerspread, "PLAYTHING OF THE MONTH" featured photos of TONY (as shown in my third photo). The content is interesting (and militant for its time), and this periodical is likely among the lesser known (and perhaps lesser collected) of all the pulp periodicals of that era.

 

What makes this issue particularly interesting and collectible, however, is the lengthy feature entitled "Candy Darling: A Remembrance by Jeremiah Newton," accompanied by a STUNNING full-page photograph by the great photographer ROY BLAKEY (as shown in my second photo).

 

V.4, #12 of GAY SCENE, published circa late 1970s in New York City.

 

Concurrent with (and shortly after) the Stonewall uprising of June 1969, a number of homophile publications began appearing in larger cities across the United States. GAY SCENE was just one of a number of these publications launched in New York City. This issue measures appx. 11x17 inches and has never been folded in half, and therefore its cover is uncreased, as shown in my first photo. It has appx. 20 pages printed on newsprint.

 

Edited by BRUCE KING (a/k/a the physique and theatrical photographer AVERY WILLARD), this issue contains numerous articles and features, and the publication's regular centerspread, "PLAYTHING OF THE MONTH" for this issue was replaced with large, girthy photos of JOHNNY HARDEN (an ad for whose appearance at The Follies theatre is shown in my third photo). The content is interesting (and militant for its time), and this periodical is likely among the lesser known (and perhaps lesser collected) of all the pulp periodicals of that era.

 

What makes this issue particularly interesting and collectible, however, is that for fans of JOHNNY HARDEN, it may mark the model's earliest appearance on a non-pornographic publication cover, and it is undoubtedly his rarest cover appearance.

 

 

"Gay Scene: Intellectual Homophile Monthly" (Volume 5 #7, December 1974), a vintage and long-defunct gay publication out of New York City. A large newspaper containing 24 pages including front and rear covers.Contents include:

 

*news article "George Maharis Arrested In Men's Room" (with photograph of actor);

*news article "Teacher Arrested for Abuse of Boys" (in the matter of a 33-year old Bronx schoolteacher);

*two-page interview of Michael Greer (with three photographs);

*short article on and interview of Lindsay Kemp (with three photographs);

*theatre review of "Gay Company" (with five photos as well as facsimile of theatre poster);

*gossip and news items column entitled "Bits and Pieces" by Gaylord;

*two-page beefcake spread of "Plaything of the Month" Len;

*"In Memoriam" page with obituaries of Jerry Dodge (with photo), Ivory Joe Hunter, Vittorio de Sica, Jane Ace, Greer Johnson, Lou Frankel, Johnny Mack Brown, Clive Brook, John B. Gambling, Cornelius Ryan, and Rosemary Lane;*much, much more.

 

 

"Gay Scene" now subtitled "National Homophile Monthly" (Volume 5 #12, May 1975), a vintage and long-defunct gay publication out of New York City. A large newspaper containing 24 pages including front and rear covers.With articles, news items, columns, reviews, photographs (including male beefcake), classified ads, and vintage gay male advertisements, highlights include:

 

*national and international news items including "Gays Picket Village Voice" - "Gay March Threatened!" - "Male Go-Go Dancers For Women Only!" - "Boston Gay Bar Fire" - "Hair Stylist Killed" (Joseph Vasquez of San Francisco) - "Pornographer Fined" (James R. Haskins) - "[Jimmy] Hughes Sentenced" - "Soviet Boys Like Mom Best" (out of Moscow: "Soviet boys are becoming more effeminate and some may be tied to their mother's apron strings for the rest of their lives, the newspaper of Young Communists lamented recently...");

*"Boy Meets Boy" reviewed (with five photos);

*"Mandingo" reviewed (with six photographs, including those of Ken Norton and Perry King);

*column "D.D.'s New York" by D.D. Griffo (with two shots of writer in leather gear);

*column "Leather Scene" by Gregg;

*centerfold beefcake spread of "Plaything of the Month Frank";

*"The Queens" reviewed (with photos of Chrysis and Frankie Quinn);

*full-page "New York Guide" to gay bars and male theatres;

*advertisements for California Scene, Entertainment West, the Park Miller Theatre, the Club Baths, gay film "Behind the Greek Door" showing at the Adonis Theatre, "Sailor's Delight" and "Classified Capers" showing at The Jewel Theatre, others;

*full-page "In Memoriam" with obituaries for Michael Lewis, Gertrude Niesen, Marjorie Williams, Otto Soglow, Mary Ure, Marjorie Main, Larry Parks, Frederick March, Richard Conte, Michael Flanders, Clyde Tolson (J. Edgar Hoover's lover), Dorothy Patten, Buzz Goodbody, and Josephine Baker (with photo);*much, much more.

 

 

"Gay Scene: National Homophile Monthly" (Volume 6 #1, June 1975), a vintage and long-defunct gay publication out of New York City. A large newspaper containing 28 pages including front and rear covers.With articles, news items, columns, reviews, photographs (including male beefcake), classified ads, and vintage gay male advertisements, highlights include:

 

*national and international news items including "Gays March for Rights Law" - "Art Dealer Slain; Suspect Arrested" (Jon Streep) - "Pope Assails Erotica" - "Parents For Gays" - "Suspect Arrested in San Francisco Gay Murders" ("Raushee Onez, 32, was arrested and booked for two killings...Areas frequented by transvestites have been plastered with posters which say 'Drag Means Death'...The San Francisco Tavern Guild and the Helping Hands Center have posted a $550 reqard for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the killers of two TVs...Mr. Onez is not charged with either of these murders [but rather the murders of two other gay men]") - "Sgt. Booted Out for Being Gay" - "Male Hooker [Arrested]" - "Model Sues Over Nude Photo" (Raymond Baglietto) - many others;

*vintage advertisements for "Satan's Studs" showing at The Jewel Theatre; "Good Hot Stuff" showing at The Adonis Theatre; the Club Baths ("Buddy Day...every monday and friday"); upcoming films "Wanted: Billy the Kid" produced and directed by Jack Deveau, and "The Destroying Angel" produced and directed by Peter de Rome; Rick Nielsen Studio; Boots & Saddles (76 Christopher Street); others;

*article "Fire Island: Famous Gay Resort" by Don Douglas (with three photos);

*news item "Russell Young Dies" (who had worked as a bartender at the Eagle and Spike bars, with photo);

*review of gay male film "Good Hot Stuff" then showing at the Adonis Theatre (with four photos);

*column "D.D.'s New York" by D.D. Griffo (with photo of "The Happy Hustler" Grant Tracy Saxon);

*review of "Women Behind Bars" showing at the Astor Place Theatre (with two photos by Ken Duncan);

*centerfold beefcake spread of "Plaything of the Month Gino" (with photos by Bruce King);

*column "Suzy's Drag Scene" (with three photos by Avery Willard of the stage play "Bluebeard");

*half-page ad for Bruce King's "Men In Leather And Uniform" (with four photos from the book);

*full-page "In Memoriam" with obituaries for Michel Laurent, Moe Howard, Phillip Dorn, Joe Mooney, George Baker, Avery Brundage, Leroy Anderson, Bob Wills, Rufus Rose, Walter Fried, Ezzard Charles, Jackie (Moms) Mabley, and Walter Kinsella; *much, much more.

 

 

 

GAY SUNSHINE

 

 

The second issue of "Gay Sunshine" (Issue #2, October 1970) edited by Winston Leyland and published by the Gay Sunshine Collective out of San Francisco, California during the heady and activist days of the gay liberation movement. A newspaper issued in tabloid (fold-over) format, when unfolded contains 20 pages including front and rear covers.

 

With splendid photographs and illustrations, the paper contains articles, news updates, radical comics, poetry, community resources, and classifieds. Highlights include:

 

The front cover proudly proclaims "the bars are ours" with a photograph of cheering protesters in front of Oakland's White Horse Bar (see description below) .

 

Of special note, also, is the full-page text of Huey P. Newton's statement on gay liberation .

*article "GAY BARS - FLASH! VICTORY!" (on the continuing confrontation between the Gay Liberation Front and the White Horse Bar in Oakland: "The Picket Line - 50 people walking, dancing in circles, Lavendar Cowboy riding the White Horse up the middle, Gene on the accordian, others shouting cheers, giving out leaflets to passing cars whose passengers raise their fists in solidarity");

*article "Gay is the Most" by Nick Benton ("A homosexual is perhaps the most revolutionary person in our society");

*article "NACHO Upside Down" by Jim Rankin (on the North American Conference of Homophile Organizations: "Dying for years, if ever alive...");

*article "DISMISSED" by Cherie Matisse ("Three of us were on our way to a party. Apparently, we did a no-no driving and the S.F. pigs stopped us...'Where are you going?' asked the pig. 'To a GLF [Gay Liberation Front] party' answered Sandy. 'Open the door!' demanded the pig with his hand on his gun...");

*news on Gay Liberation protests in Greenwich Village in New York ("In the Times Square area alone, more than 400 gay people have been busted by police in August");

*statement from Huey P. Newton, Supreme Commander of the Black Panther Party, on gay liberation;

*article "OUR BODIES say YES...SOCIETY says NO";

*comic strip "GRIM FAIRY TALES PRESENTS THE TERRIBLE MONSTER" by Len Richmond;

*poetry by Paul Mariah, Mike Podhasky, Frank Reynolds, and Raji;

*news item "miracle (oink) mile" ("All signs have it that the war has come to the Miracle Mile - Folsom St. in S.F.");

*much more.

 

 

 

The third issue of "Gay Sunshine" (Issue #3, November 1970) edited by Winston Leyland and published by the Gay Sunshine Collective out of San Francisco, California during the heady and activist days of the gay liberation movement. A newspaper issued in tabloid (fold-over) format, when unfolded contains 20 pages including front and rear covers.

 

With splendid photographs and illustrations, the paper contains articles, news updates, poetry, community resources, and classifieds. Highlights include:

 

Of special note is the large, magnificent, centerfold photograph of Allen Ginsberg taken by Richard Avedon.

*article "God Save the Queen" by Mike Silverstein ("The Camp attitude toward popular culture has always been subversive");

*article "If That's All There Is..." by Del Martin ("Goodbye to Vector...Goodbye to NACHO...Goodbye to Gay Liberation, too...Goodbye to the various Councils on Religion and the Homosexual...Goodbye to the male homophile community: 'Gay is good' but not good enough so long as it is limited to white males only...");

*anonymous memoir "He knew I was a Fairy";

*article "Parents As Bullies";

*article "Become We Must: A Gay Liberation Manifesto" by Charles P. Thorp;

*two-page centerfold photograph of Allen Ginsberg by Richard Avedon;

*article on the proposed "gay colonization" of Alpine County in California;

*article on the life and death of Janis Joplin by Goldie Glitters ("The first and most important thing I want to say is that: Janis was not hooked on drugs...Another thing they aren't talking about. Janis was gay. Janis was a Gay as I am!");

*article "DACHAU in America: Homosexuals Hideously Tortured, Used for 'Experiments' in Concentration Camps" by Don Jackson;

*much more.

 

 

The fourth issue of "Gay Sunshine" (Issue #4, December 1970) edited by Winston Leyland and published by the Gay Sunshine Collective out of San Francisco, California during the heady and activist days of the gay liberation movement. A newspaper issued in tabloid (fold-over) format, when unfolded contains 20 pages including front and rear covers.

 

With splendid photographs and illustrations, the paper contains articles, news updates, poetry, community resources, and classifieds. Highlights include:

 

*short article "The Gay Liberation Movement in New York City" by Morgan Pinney;

*article on the planned "gay colonization" of Alpine County, California, entitled "ALPINE PAGE: Separatists Forming Alliance" by Craig Schoonmaker;

*poetry by Frank O'Hara, William K. Maximin, Jr., Jerry Weiss, Charles P. Thorp ("bold soul sister"), others;

*article "Gays In Tears: 500 Gays in Tears - Rosalind Russell Revealed as Right Winger" by Dr. Anthony Gardiner Lowell;

*open letter to the "Brothers and Sisters of the Cockettes Troupe" by Nan Taylor;

*letter from gay inmate Jim Rankin;

*article "Jock Lib, Gay Lib: Any Difference?" by Nick Benton;

*article "Gays in the Military" ("Don't panic at their [military] claims of having 'evidence' against you...SHUT YOUR G-D MOUTH - TIGHT!...SAY NOTHING AND SIGN NOTHING!");

*article "From the Men: Games Male Chauvinists Play" by Perry Brass;

Of special note is the large, fabulous, two-page "Genderf-" centerfold photographic poster. *much more.

 

 

 

 

Fifth issue of "Gay Sunshine" (Issue #5, January 1971) edited by Winston Leyland and published by the Gay Sunshine Collective out of San Francisco, California during the heady and activist days of the gay liberation movement. A newspaper issued in tabloid (fold-over) format, when unfolded contains 20 pages including front and rear covers.

 

With splendid photographs and illustrations, the paper contains articles, news updates, poetry, community resources, and classifieds. Highlights include:

 

*article "Showdown at 'The Stud' - Eyewitness Talks" ("More squad cars zooming in, pigs jumping out clubs in hand, running after and beating brothers. In the pig-created chaos, Chuck Christman, figuring that 'to get the hell out' was the cool thing to do, jumped into his Toyota and tried to drive out of the alley. Apparently some zealous paranoid pig running to beat another brother thought Chuck was trying to run him down. Pigs now going ape-sh*. Beating on the car, firing into it. In righteous panic, Chuck jumps out, runs down the alley. Pigs fire at him, he falls, they jump on him and beat him...Doctors say he will never recover use of his leg...Chuck is charged with five counts of assault...");

*article "THIRD WORLD GAY PEOPLE NEWS: Let's Get It On Together!";

*short article "TRANS [transsexual] LIB" (with list of demands);

*article "Right-in Chicken" by Mark Segal, Chairman of Gay Youth in New York City;

*letters from GLF members;

*article "C- Teasing: Way of Life" by Ralph Hall ("No, Robert Graves: drinking milk does not cause homosexuality in some men, people like you do, though!");

*article "Beating the Draft: A Gay Guide";

*news update on the D.C. Twelve ("FREE THE WASHINGTON TWELVE!");

*a call from the Transvestite-Transsexual Action Organization to provide support to the Angela Douglas Defense Fund (pre-op Angela Douglas was arrested on November 8, 1970 in Miami, Florida on a charge of "wearing clothing unbecoming to his or her sex");

*article "Vatican Rags at Grace Cathedral" ("Every Christmas at Grace Cathedral, located in the Pacific Heights area of San Francisco, there is a traditional midnight mass. This year there was a complete mind-f* when the congregation turned around to find The Angel of Light. The performing troupe consisted of forty children [adults] dressed in home-made angel wings and phallic halos - biblical drag? - and the Cockettes"; with three photos); *much more.

 

 

 

 

The sixth issue of "Gay Sunshine" (Issue #6, March 1971) edited by Winston Leyland and published by the Gay Sunshine Collective out of San Francisco, California during the heady and activist days of the gay liberation movement. A newspaper issued in tabloid (fold-over) format, when unfolded contains 24 pages including front and rear covers.

 

With splendid photographs and illustrations, the paper contains articles, news updates, poetry, community resources, and classifieds. Highlights include:

*news update "GLF [Gay Liberation Front] Action at 'The Stud'";

*news article "Gay Defense Rally at Hayward State" (with photo of Dr. Michael Silverstein, a gay professor recently dismissed; his speech is reprinted in full);

*poetry by Stephen Ben-Mordechai, including "RITCH STREET" which reads:

 

"I loved you and we knew how to/

get it on.

I felt your soul and you shared mine.

It could have gone on forever, but they called your/

locker number";

 

*two splendid woodcuts by Perry Brass;

*poetry by Paul Mariah, John Wieners, and Raji;

*article "Consciousness Raising for Gay Men";

*article "Growing Up In Chicago: Black & Gay" by Ron Vernon;

*article "Psychedelics and Gay Liberation: The Battle of Algiers" by the Rt. Rev. Michael-Francis Itkin;

*much more.

 

 

Seventh issue of "Gay Sunshine" subtitled "A Male Paper of Gay Militancy" (Issue #7, June-July 1971) edited by Winston Leyland and published by the Gay Sunshine Collective out of San Francisco, California during the heady and activist days of the gay liberation movement. A newspaper issued in tabloid (fold-over) format, when unfolded contains 20 pages including front and rear covers.

 

With splendid photographs and illustrations, the paper contains articles, news updates, poetry, community resources, and classifieds. Highlights include:

*lead feature entitled "The Forgotten Ones: Gays in Prison" (with two letters from Washington State Penitentiary inmates C. Chris Wheeler and "David"; attorney John Demco, and an appeal to support the Chris Wheeler Fund);

*article "Edward Carpenter: Gay Lib Precursor" (with several excerpts from his writings);

*news article, with photo, entitled "Gays Against War: April 24 [1971], San Francisco";

*Roberta Dill and Ed Luckin separately interviewed;

*article "Gay Draft Resistance" by David L. Aiken of the Gay Liberation Front, Washington, D.C.;

*article "Gay Bureaucrats - What Are They Doing To You?" by Mike Silverstein;

*article "Gay Militancy & Nonviolent Revolution" by the Most Rev. Michael-Francis Itkin;

*fabulous full-page illustrated poem by Allen Ginsberg entitled "Spring Anti-Wars Games 1971";

*poetry by William Barber, Steve Berard, Kirby Congdon, John Wieners, others;

*article "Konstantin Berlandt in Fantasyland: Traveling Adventures of the Late Great Writer" (with three photos);*much more.

 

 

Eighth issue of "Gay Sunshine" subtitled "A Paper of Gay Militancy" (Issue #8, August-September 1971) edited by Winston Leyland and published by the Gay Sunshine Collective out of San Francisco, California during the heady and activist days of the gay liberation movement. A newspaper issued in tabloid (fold-over) format, when unfolded contains 16 pages including front and rear covers.

 

With splendid photographs and illustrations, the paper contains articles, news updates, poetry, community resources, and classifieds. Highlights include:

*splendid front cover by Tony DeRosa and Zack Mansfield ("GAY BROTHERS & SISTERS UNITE! FREE OURSELVES - SMASH SEXISM");

*article "Gay Lib: 'It's Alright, Ma (I'm Only Bleeding)'" by Allen Young;

*part two of the previous month's "Gays In Prison" featuring an interview with gay poet Paul Mariah, a former inmate;

*review of the film version of "Fortune and Men's Eye's" entitled "Fortune and Straight Men's Eyes" by Lee Atwell (with photo);

*a critical article on the Christopher Street West Gay Pride Parade by Gay Liberation Front member Chuck Avery;

*poetry by Paul Mariah, William Barber, Robert Peters, Larry Eigner, others;

*article "Kill the Queers!" by Don Jackson (on the American Psychiatric Association and National Association for Mental Health);

*article "Gay Revaunch on Psychology: An Angry Homosexual Gives His Views on Psychology" by Ralph S. Schaffer;*much more.

 

 

Ninth issue of "Gay Sunshine" subtitled "A Paper of Gay Militancy" (Issue #9, October-November 1971) edited by Winston Leyland and published by the Gay Sunshine Collective out of San Francisco, California during the heady and activist days of the gay liberation movement. A newspaper issued in tabloid (fold-over) format, when unfolded contains 16 pages including front and rear covers.

 

With splendid photographs and illustrations, the paper contains articles, news updates, poetry, community resources, and classifieds. Highlights include:

*article entitled "Police Entrapment, Cont. (and cont. and cont.)" by Richard Nash ("First I was...falsely arrested and now I was being told that by playing along with the system, I could get off relatively easily");

*article "The Shape of Things To Come: Gay Consciousness in the Post-Scarcity World" by Jim Baker;

*poetry by Ian Young, Robert Peters, James Mitchell, Littlejohn, others;

*article "School is Not a Gay Place To Be..." by Warren Blumenfeld;

*article on the harassment, entrapment, and busts of gay men in San Francisco entitled "Fairy Tales Can Come True...It Can Happen To You!";

*article "Akhenaten of Egypt: No Closet Queen He" by Winston Leyland;

*lenthy review of the recent film version of Thomas Mann's "Death in Venice" (with photo of Dirk Bogarde and Bjorn Andresen from the film);

*article on the Gay Community Services Center of Los Angeles (then called the "Liberation House," with photo);

*much more.

 

 

Tenth issue of "Gay Sunshine" subtitled "A Newspaper of Gay Liberation" (Issue #10, January 1972) edited by Winston Leyland and published by the Gay Sunshine Collective out of San Francisco, California during the heady and activist days of the gay liberation movement. A newspaper issued in tabloid (fold-over) format, when unfolded contains 16 pages including front and rear covers.

 

With splendid photographs and illustrations, the paper contains articles, news updates, poetry, community resources, and classifieds. Highlights include:

*a splendid illustrated cover by Tony DeRosa, a scathing attack on the complacency of San Francisco's Society for Individual Rights (Alice: "S.I.R. - Some of our people are hungry - some have no lodging - some are in jail only because they're homosexual..."; The Duchess: "Not now, boy! We've got important things to do! We're giving a drag ball next Saturday...");

*a magnificent group interview of the Gay Sunshine Collective: Winston Leyland, Morgan Pinney, Mark Ryan, Jim Hicks, Tony DeRosa, Zack Mansfield, and Lee Atwell (with group photo);

*delicious article "The Fairy Princess Exposed" by Craig Alfred Hanson ("We cannot really expect most fairy princesses to rip down their chandeliers, smash their plaster statues of David, kick their poodles out, or flee from fairyland to reality...");

*article on gays in Vacaville prison, Atascadero, G.I. prisons, and juvenile insane asylums entitled "We Are All Fugitives" by Don Jackson;

*lengthy article and book reviews entitled "Gay Lib & New Gay Lit" by Winston Leyland;

*poetry by Harold Norse, John Iozia, William Barber, Kirby Congdon, others;

*article on San Francisco's performing troupe, the "Cockettes";

*much more.

 

 

Eleventh issue of "Gay Sunshine" subtitled "A Newspaper of Gay Liberation" (Issue #11, February-March 1972) edited by Winston Leyland and published by the Gay Sunshine Collective out of San Francisco, California during the heady and activist days of the gay liberation movement. A newspaper issued in tabloid (fold-over) format, when unfolded contains 16 pages including front and rear covers.

 

With splendid photographs and illustrations, the paper contains articles, news updates, poetry, community resources, and classifieds. Highlights include:

*news article on the Gay Sunshine Collective demonstration at the SIR Convention held at the San Franciscan Hotel on January 15 (with a half-page photo collage);

*article on male prostitution, hustlers, male models, and their presence in underground newspaper classified advertisements entitled "Not Enough Sausage" by "Rink" ("'Not enough sausage.' That's what the model agency boss said SIR's 'Vector' magazine had told him about my photographs of two of their hustlers");

*short news article "Brother Assaulted at 'Shed'" (a recently-opened after-hours gay club in the Castro);

*article "SFPD Chief - San Francisco Police Department - Meets Gays";

*article on Oscar Wilde and Lord Alfred Douglas - Bosie - entitled "Oscar & Bosie: Love Letters" by Winston Leyland (which reprints several letters between the two);

*short article on gay suicides;

*article "A Faggot Military Freak-Out" by Ralph Hall ("The USS Vulcan - AR5, an Atlantic fleet Naval repair ship - had been out to sea for over a month without yet reaching a berthing port of call. The ship's destination was Glasgow, Scotland. It was just prior a week before entering this port that an 18-year-old gay brother, a recruit just out of the Great Lakes boot camp in Chicago, Ill., was 'turned in' - put on report - by a higher ranking/rated enlisted man for allegedly engaging in an oral-genital 'homosexual' act with him...");

*splendid full-page ad for Wakefield Poole's "Boys in the Sand" starring Casey Donovan;

*much more.

 

 

Twelfth issue of "Gay Sunshine" subtitled "A Newspaper of Gay Liberation" (Issue #12, April 1972) edited by Winston Leyland and published by the Gay Sunshine Collective out of San Francisco, California during the heady and activist days of the gay liberation movement. A newspaper issued in tabloid (fold-over) format, when unfolded contains 16 pages including front and rear covers.With splendid photographs and illustrations, the paper contains articles, news updates, poetry, community resources, and classifieds. Highlights include:

 

*lead article "Gay Death at Vacaville [Prison]" (regarding the death of gay inmate Westley Ashmore - nicknamed "Lil Bit": "[The guards] found that they had no weapon to cut the sheet with, so they let him hang...for 10 minutes before they removed him. When they did, he was in such bad shape...he vomited. They tried to revive him [but] were unsuccessful");

*letter from gay prisoner "Brother Asemore" from Vacaville Prison on "Lil Bit" ("You see [Lil Bit] and his pal are [homosexual] this is why action ws brought againsted tham [moved to the isolation ward]...In behalf of him I write his story because Ive been thire, this is happning now as I write this story some plase on this earth to some one, because its part of life. The mined has stoped for [Lil Bit] who next brother...");

*article "Homosexuality in the Movies" (with photos from "The Boys in the Band," "The Iliac Passion," "Death in Venice," and "Fellini's Satyricon");

*article "A Gay Day in Court" ("I went to court to be sentenced for a crime I did not commit");

*article on the Los Angeles Gay Community Services Center subtitled "We've got a groovy thing goin'" (with group photo of Don Kilhefner, John Platania, Lee Sisson, Morris Kight, June Herrle, and Winston Leyland);

*lovely centerpage illustration, with poetry by Tony DeRosa;

*article "Gay Love" by Richard Nash;

*poetry by David Hirsh, Harold Norse, James Giancarlo, and Larry Eigner;

*article "Oppression Sickness" by Ralph Schaffer;

*much more.

 

 

Thirteenth issue of "Gay Sunshine" subtitled "A Newspaper of Gay Liberation" (Issue #13, June 1972) edited by Winston Leyland and published by the Gay Sunshine Collective out of San Francisco, California during the heady and activist days of the gay liberation movement. A newspaper issued in tabloid (fold-over) format, when unfolded contains 16 pages including front and rear covers.

Highlights include:

 

*article "Psychosurgery" by Don Jackson ("Psychosurgeons claim...that homosexuality results from a defect or injury to the hypothalamic nucleus of the brain. They propose to cure these conditions with brain surgery");

*article "[The] Politics of Rape" by David Howard;

*article "Christopher Street Rip-Off: San Francisco" by Winston Leyland (a blistering critique of the parade);

*article "Selling the Groovy Guy" by Craig Hanson (a critique of male beauty pageants, with photo of Groovy Guy Winner Jimmy Hughes: "The hustler has a short professional life - possibly 10 years at most - and then he is thrown out into the dungheap of the past, on top of the rest of the spent whores. The Groovy Guy? He's a mirage rising from the sands of the past only to fade into the sands of the future");

*article "Gays in Brazil - :24/'Veado'" by Allen Young;

*poetry by Rodney Price, Ian Young, Perry Brass, Zachary Swarr;

*lengthy one-and-one-half page poem "Some Thoughts on Christopher Street" by John Iozia;

*article "?Cuba Si?" by Allen Young;

*comic strip "The Adventures of Johnny Comeout";

*much more.

 

 

Fourteenth issue of "Gay Sunshine" subtitled "A Newspaper of Gay Liberation" (Issue #14, August 1972) edited by Winston Leyland and published by the Gay Sunshine Collective out of San Francisco, California during the heady and activist days of the gay liberation movement. A newspaper issued in tabloid (fold-over) format, when unfolded contains 16 pages including front and rear covers. Highlights include:

 

*fabulous art-and-photo collage cover: "WE ARE ALL FUGITIVES";

*article "The Daddy Tank" by Don Jackson (on brutalities inflicted on gays in prison);

*article "Psychiatry's 'New Cures' [for homosexuality]" by Louis Landerson ("There is something inherently evil about helping someone 'repress through punishment' one of his most basic drives, thereby permitting him to lead a 'happy heterosexual life'");

*short article on High School Gays United;

*article "Masculinity As An Oppressive Ideology" by Jim Chesebro;

*article "S&M and Gay Lib" by Craig Hanson;

*article "Gay Life Styles" by Richard Nash;

*delightful untitled comic strip by from Fuori;

*full-page ad for Le Salon (with photos);*much more.

 

 

Fifteenth issue of "Gay Sunshine" subtitled "A Newspaper of Gay Liberation" (Issue #15, October-November 1972) edited by Winston Leyland and published by the Gay Sunshine Collective out of San Francisco, California during the heady and activist days of the gay liberation movement. A newspaper issued in tabloid (fold-over) format, when unfolded contains 16 pages including front and rear covers. Highlights include:

 

*lead article on the death of gay activist Ralph Schaffer (1928-1972) entitled "Movement Martyr" (with photo: "On August 27th of this year, Los Angeles gay brother Ralph Schaffer was shot to death by an unknown assailant while he was working alone at the GayWill Funky Store, a project of Los Angeles' Gay Community Services Center. He was 44 years old");

*article "Metaphysics of Gay Liberation" by Ralph Schaffer (submitted to Gay Sunshine shortly before his murder);

*a "short, short" story "The Centaur at the Trucks" by Perry Brass;

*letter to Gay Sunshine from Greg Herkimer entitled "Gay Teenager Speaks Out";

*a splendid half-page list and discussion of current gay publications by Winston Leyland entitled "Gay Radical Press: 1972";

*poetry by Perry Brass, John Iozia, Jim Eggeling, Richard Tagett, Paul Mariah, Peter Goodman, including one sung to the tune of "Oh, Mary, don't you weep" (here's the first of six verses):

"Everybody gonna sing and shoot

to tell the world we're comin' out

the faggots' army is marchin'

oh, honey don't you weep.

Oh, honey don't you weep

don't you mourn

 

Oh, honey don't you weep

don't you mourn

the faggots' army is marchin'

Oh, honey don't you weep"

 

*full-page ad for Sandy Baron's record album "God Save The Queens"; *much more.

 

No. 16 of "Gay Sunshine: A Newspaper of Gay Liberation" (January-February 1973) edited by Winston Leyland and published by the Gay Sunshine Collective out of San Francisco, California. A newspaper issued in tabloid (fold-over) format, when unfolded contains 24 pages including front and rear covers.

 

Of special note is a lengthy interview of Allen Ginsberg by Allen Young at Ginsberg's farm in Cherry Valley, New York, on September 25, 1972 (the poet discusses gay male sexuality, Walt Whitman, his relationship with Peter Orlovsky, Cuba, gay liberation, Carl Solomon, Timothy Leary, yoga, William Burroughs, gay self-acceptance, much more; accompanied with several photographs).

 

Other highlights include:

*poem "please master" written by Allen Ginsberg in May 1968 ;

*special feature on gay prisoners ;

*poetry by Charles Shively, William Barber, Perry Brass, David Eberly, Ian Young, David Bowie, others ;

*article on "Radical Gay Cinema" (with three photos);

*an Open Letter on Ageism ;

*article "Faggots In Uniform" ;*much, much more.

 

 

Seventeenth issue of "Gay Sunshine" subtitled "A Newspaper of Gay Liberation" (Issue #17, March-April 1973) edited by Winston Leyland and published by the Gay Sunshine Collective out of San Francisco, California during the heady and activist days of the gay liberation movement. A newspaper issued in tabloid (fold-over) format, when unfolded contains 20 pages including front and rear covers . Highlights include:

 

*lengthy interview of poet John Wieners (with portrait illustration and three photos);

*eight poems by John Wieners, here's an excerpt from "A Poem For The Old Man":

 

"God love you

Dana my lover

lost in the horde on

this Friday night,

500 men are moving up

& down from the bath

room to the bar.

Remove this desire

from the man I love.

Who has opened

the savagery

of the sea to me.

"See to it

his wants are filled

on California Street.

Bestow on him lar-

gesse that allows him

peace in his loins.

"Leave him not

to the moths..."

 

*lengthy article on Ned Rorem and his Paris and New York Diaries (with portrait illustration and photo);

*article "The Fantasy World of Wakefield Poole" (with photo of Cal Culver from "Boys in the Sand");

*magnificent centerspread and rear cover layout of the prints of Samuel Reese ("The artist, Samuel Reese, has spent 21 of his 40 years on Death Row in Missouri State Penitentiary. His two life and seventy-five year sentences - for armed robbery and murder...");

*gay activist, core member of the Gay Liberation Front, and then Director of the Los Angeles Gay Community Services Center Don Kilhefner interviewed (with photo of Don Kilhefner and Winston Leyland, who conducted the interview);

*short review of "Otoko: Photo Studies of the Young Japanese Male" by Tamotsu Yato (with three photos);

*poetry by James Nolan, Paul Mariah, Michael Lally, Salvatore Farinella, Aaron Shurin, Charley Shively, William Barber, Robert Gluck, Robert Peters, Perry Brass, William Torphy, Ron Schreiber;

*short section of interview of Allen Ginsberg given by Allen Young not included in Gay Sunshine #16 due to space limitations; *much more.

 

 

Eighteenth issue of "Gay Sunshine" subtitled "A Newspaper of Gay Liberation" (Issue #18, June-July 1973) edited by Winston Leyland and published by the Gay Sunshine Collective out of San Francisco, California during the heady and activist days of the gay liberation movement. A newspaper issued in tabloid (fold-over) format, when unfolded contains 20 pages including front and rear covers.

Highlights include:

 

*lengthy interview of gay poet Harold Norse given by Winston Leyland (with nine photos, including two of Mohammed in Tangier, one of Harold Norse and William Burroughs, and one of Gregory Corso and Harold Norse);

*poems by Harold Norse, including several unpublished "Mohammed Poems";

*lengthy prose poem "Inside Atascadero [State Hospital]" by Gene Ampon (a former inmate, and "Dedicated to all homosexual prisoners who must daily endure heterosexual justice-oppression");

*lengthy "Letter from an Absent Lover" by Ned LaCroix;

*article on Luchino Visconti's "Ludwig" (with photo);

*lengthy review of four poetry books by Allen Ginsberg (with photo of Allen Ginsberg at Jack Kerouac's funeral);

*delightful article "Sports & the Macho Male" by John Mitzel ("ALL MEN ARE FAGGOTS!"); *much more.

 

Twenty-fourth issue of "Gay Sunshine" now subtitled "A Journal of Gay Liberation" (Issue #24, Spring 1975) edited by Winston Leyland and published by the Gay Sunshine Collective out of San Francisco, California during the heady and activist days of the gay liberation movement. A newspaper issued in tabloid (fold-over) format, when unfolded contains 36 pages including front and rear covers.

Highlights include:

 

*lengthy interview of gay poet John Giorno given by Winston Leyland (with four photos, including one of John Giorno, Peter Orlovsky and Allen Ginsberg out the the Republican Convention in Miami Beach, 1972; and one of Jackie Curtis, William Burroughs and John Giorno taken in 1975);

*lengthy excerpt of John Giorno's "Subduing Demons in America";

*criticism "[The Los Angeles] Advocate: A Turn To The Right?";

*lengthy letter from gay pioneer and Radical Fairy Henry - Harry - Hay (then with the "Circle of Loving Companions");

*article "A Faggot Father Speaks Out" by Jack Latham;

*splendid, lengthy article "The Poetry of Male Love" by Ian Young (with photo each of John Addington Symonds and Aleister Crowley);

*fabulous historical article "The Great Raid on Mother Clap's Molly House: Gay London in the 1720's" by Rictor Norton ("On a Sunday night in February, 1726, a squadron of police Constables converged upon the male brothel kept by Mother Clap in Field Lane, Holbern, tucked away between the Bunch of Grapes pub on one side and an archway on the other");

*splendid boy-love poems by Italian poet Sandro Penna;

*magnificent, lengthy interview of Charles-Henri Ford, then living in Kathmandu, Nepal (with seven photographs, including three of his young male friends);

*poetry by Charles-Henri Ford;

*article on Boyd McDonald's publication "Straight-to-Hell" by Andrew Dvosin (with excerpts from the magazine);*much more.

 

 

No. 19 of "Gay Sunshine: A Newspaper of Gay Liberation" (September-October 1973) edited by Winston Leyland and published by the Gay Sunshine Collective out of San Francisco, California. A newspaper issued in tabloid (fold-over) format, when unfolded contains 20 pages including front and rear covers.

 

Of special note is an interview of Christopher Isherwood (with two photographic portraits, one contemporary and one taken in 1946).

 

Other highlights include:

*article "Gay Lib vs. Gay Business" ;

*short article "Quaaludes: Super Downers" ;

*a splendid six-page photospread entitled "Gay: A Photographic Essay" by Anthony Enton Friedkin (with sixteen shots including "Brandy...Transexual, Hollywood 1973"; "Lesbian Couple...Hollywood 1972"; "Hustlers, Selma Avenue, Hollywood 1972"; "Michele...Female Impersonator, Hollywood 1972"; "Jim, Hustler, Los Angeles 1972"; "Restroom, Troupers Hall Dance, Hollywood 1972"; others);

*much, much more.

 

 

No. 20 of "Gay Sunshine: A Journal of Gay Liberation" (January-February 1974) edited by Winston Leyland and published by the Gay Sunshine Collective out of San Francisco, California. A newspaper issued in tabloid (fold-over) format, when unfolded contains 24 pages including front and rear covers.

 

Of special note is a lengthy interview of Gerard Malanga accompanied with several photographs, including G.M. and Charles-Henri Ford; portrait of G.M. taken in 1973; G.M. and John Wieners; a shot taken at the beach in 1960 of G.M. and Willard Maas; portrait of G.M. taken in 1969 by Larry Rivers; Allen Ginsberg and G.M.; Joe D'Allesandro; G.M. on the location shooting of "The Recording Zone Operator"; Andy Warhol; and a nude self-portrait of G.M. taken in Frankfurt, Germany, in October 1970.

 

Other highlights include:

*article "Gay Prison Tragedy" ("I mourn the death of Eddie Rastellini, a gay brother who was stabbed to death at Bridgewater State Prison, Massachusetts, November 6, 1973");

*previously unpublished poetry by Gerard Malanga ;

*poetry by Joe Brainard, John Wieners, Charles Shively, others ;

*short story "A Christmas Miracle at the B.O.O.M." by Daniel Curzon ;

*interview of gay male ballet dancer, choreographer, and dance director Edward Androse (accompanied by his photograph); *much, much more.

 

 

No. 21 of "Gay Sunshine: A Journal of Gay Liberation" (Spring 1974) edited by Winston Leyland and published by the Gay Sunshine Collective out of San Francisco, California. A newspaper issued in tabloid (fold-over) format, when unfolded contains 20 pages including front and rear covers.

 

Of special note is an interview of William S. Burroughs accompanied by three photographs.

 

Other highlights include:

*article "[William S.] Burroughs' Fiction" ;

*article "Genderf- and Its Delights" (with photo);

*article "Bottoms Up: An In-Depth Look at VD and Your A-" ;

*full-page poem "A Day For A Lay" by W.H. Auden accompanied by an illustration by Joe Brainard ;

*article "Hard Gemlike Flame: Walter Pater & His Circle" ;

*article "Spain: Medieval Ghetto for Gays" ;*much, much more.

 

 

Gay Sunshine #22 & Fag Rag #9 (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.

 

 

#23 of "Gay Sunshine: A Journal of Gay Liberation" (1974) edited by Winston Leyland and published out of San Francisco. Along with Fag Rag, Gay Sunshine was one of the finest gay liberation and literary journals published in the 1970s. A newspaper when unfolded containing 28 pages.

 

Of special note is a lengthy interview of John Rechy (with three photographs: including one of him from 1963 when his masterwork "City of Night" was published, and a contemporary shot taken in 1974 ).

 

Other highlights include:

*article "European Diary: An Unexpected Evolution" by Gary Alinder;

*poetry by Garcia Lorca ("Fable and Rack of the Three Friends"), Michael Shernoff, Ron Schreiber, Ronald Stewart, William Kushner, Ira Cohen, Ian Young, Adrian Brooks, Richard Tagett, John Giorno, Tim Dlugos, David Chura, Richard Weintraub, John Weiners, Robert Gluck, R. Daniel Evans, and Gavin Dillard;

*article entitled "Gay Male Frigidity" by Gary Jane Hoisington;

*article "Ganymede R----: Gay Literature, Critic as Censor" by Rictor Norton;

*lenthy interview of American composer Lou Harrison with three photographs;

*article "Male Homosexuality and Machismo" written by members of the F.L.H. (Homosexual Liberation Front of Argentina);

*report of the October Gay Social Conference sponsored by the Lavender and Red Union in Los Angeles;

*report on the gathering of gay male workers sponsored by the Gay Men's Political Action Group in Oakland;

*half-page essay entitled "Sexual Conditioning" by William Burroughs, published in somewhat different form by Ramparts Magazine in the 1973 book "The Gay Liberation Book";

*book and poetry reviews, personals, prisoner ads, and advertisements.

 

 

Twenty-fourth issue of "Gay Sunshine" now subtitled "A Journal of Gay Liberation" (Issue #24, Spring 1975) edited by Winston Leyland and published by the Gay Sunshine Collective out of San Francisco, California during the heady and activist days of the gay liberation movement.  A newspaper issued in tabloid (fold-over) format, when unfolded contains 36 pages including front and rear covers.

 

With splendid photographs and illustrations, the paper contains articles, news updates, poetry, community resources, and classifieds.  Highlights include:

 

*lengthy interview of gay poet John Giorno given by Winston Leyland (with four photos, including one of John Giorno, Peter Orlovsky and Allen Ginsberg out the the Republican Convention in Miami Beach, 1972; and one of Jackie Curtis, William Burroughs and John Giorno taken in 1975);

*lengthy excerpt of John Giorno's "Subduing Demons in America";

*criticism "[The Los Angeles] Advocate: A Turn To The Right?";

*lengthy letter from gay pioneer and Radical Fairy Henry - Harry - Hay (then with the "Circle of Loving Companions");

*article "A Faggot Father Speaks Out" by Jack Latham;

*splendid, lengthy article "The Poetry of Male Love" by Ian Young (with photo each of John Addington Symonds and Aleister Crowley);

*fabulous historical article "The Great Raid on Mother Clap's Molly House: Gay London in the 1720's" by Rictor Norton ("On a Sunday night in February, 1726, a squadron of police Constables converged upon the male brothel kept by Mother Clap in Field Lane, Holbern, tucked away between the Bunch of Grapes pub on one side and an archway on the other");

*splendid boy-love poems by Italian poet Sandro Penna;

*magnificent, lengthy interview of Charles-Henri Ford, then living in Kathmandu, Nepal (with seven photographs, including three of his young male friends);

*poetry by Charles-Henri Ford;

*article on Boyd McDonald's publication "Straight-to-Hell" by Andrew Dvosin (with excerpts from the magazine);

 

 

Number 25 of "Gay Sunshine: A Journal of Gay Liberation" (Summer 1975) edited by Winston Leyland and published by the Gay Sunshine Collective out of San Francisco, California.  A newspaper issued in tabloid (fold-over) format, when unfolded contains 32 pages including front and rear covers. 

 

Highlights include:

*lengthy FABULOUS interview of Taylor Mead (with two photographs, one by Gerard Malanga);

*article "[Jean] Cocteau's White Paper on Homophobia" by Rictor Norton (with photograph of Jean Cocteau and two drawings from "Le Livre Blanc");

*black-and-white photospread "The Male in Art Deco";

*a lengthy interview of Peter Orlovsky (with photograph). 

 

 

Special Issue on on Gay Latin America. Double issue #26-27 of "Gay Sunshine" subtitled "A Journal of Gay Liberation" (Winter 1975-1976) edited by Winston Leyland and published by the Gay Sunshine Collective out of San Francisco, California during the heady and activist days of the gay liberation movement. A newspaper issued in tabloid (fold-over) format, when unfolded contains 36 pages including front and rear covers.

Highlights include:

 

*lengthy article "Mexican Gaylife in Historical Perspective" by Clark L. Taylor, Jr. (with three facsimile illustrative reproductions of "41 Maricones Para Yucatan" dated 1901);

*article "Reflections on the Pyramid: A Mexico City Diary" by N.A. Diaman;

*short interview of Nancy Cardenas, a Mexican lesbian-feminist;

*article "Gay Encounters in Guadalajara" by Joseph Michel Carrier (on cruising in Guadalajara, accompanied with four photos taken from a Mexican newspaper illustrating the four supposed kinds of male homosexuals - the handsome, the ugly, the peasant, the aristocrat);

*poetry by Ernesto Banuelos Enriquez (in both Spanish and English, translated by Erskine Lane);

*article "Guatemalan Diary" by Erskine Lane;

*lengthy article "Tinselled Bucks: An Historical Study in Indian Homosexuality" by Maurice Kenny;

*lengthy interview of author Gore Vidal (with four photos);

*a new poem by Allen Ginsberg entitled "Sweet Boy, Gimme Yr Ass";

*much more.

 

 

#28 of "Gay Sunshine" subtitled "A Journal of Gay Liberation" (Spring 1976) edited by Winston Leyland and published by the Gay Sunshine Collective out of San Francisco, California during the heady and activist days of the gay liberation movement. A newspaper issued in tabloid (fold-over) format, when unfolded contains 28 pages including front and rear covers.

Highlights include:

 

*lengthy joint interview of gay poets Jonathan Williams and Tom Meyer (with four photos);

*new poems by Jonathan Williams;

*new poems by Tom Meyer;

*special "Appeal to Gay Sunshine Readers" from Winston Leyland ("Gay Sunshine's demise is not imminent. But recent increases in typesetting, printing and postal costs have placed the paper in a crisis");

*article "The Films of [Pier Paolo] Pasolini" by Lee Atwell (with two photos);

*poetry by Harold Norse, John Giorno, Raymonde Saint-Pierre, Salvatore Farinella, David Chura, James Kirkup, Robert Peters, Dennis Cooper;

*Massachusetts State Representative Elaine Noble interviewed (the first open lesbian to be elected to a state office, with two photos);

*poet and small press publisher Kirby Congdon interviewed (with photo);

*new poems by Kirby Congdon;

*blistering critique of the Los Angeles Advocate, entitled "Capitalist Manifesto" by Lionel Biron; *much more.

 

 

double-issue #29-30 of "Gay Sunshine" subtitled "A Journal of Gay Liberation" (Summer-Fall 1976) edited by Winston Leyland and published by the Gay Sunshine Collective out of San Francisco, California during the heady and activist days of the gay liberation movement. A newspaper issued in tabloid (fold-over) format, when unfolded contains 36 pages including front and rear covers.

 

*lengthy lead article "Russia's Gay Literature & History: 11th - 20th Centuries" by Simon Karlinsky (with seven photographs and illustrations);

*poetry by gay Russian poets Sergei Esenin, Mikhail Kuzmin, Sophia Parnok, Vyacheslav Inanov, Nikolai Klyuev;

*article written by incarcerated John S. Wojtowicz, then in the Lewisburg, Pennsylvania Federal Penitentiary, to The New York Times ("This is the first newspaper article I have ever written but it is necessary") along with the brief rejection letter from William H. Honan, Arts and Leisure Editor of the Times ("Dear John: I'm very sorry to say no to this after all of our correspondence, but this [article] just won't work for us. The problem is that I just don't believe you have profoundly come to grips with the motives for your crime...");

*lengthy interview of gay poet Edouard Roditi (with two photos; "T.S. Eliot was so shocked by Nazi anti-semitism that he eradicated it out of his own writing...After his wife's death, he shared an apartment with a homosexual friend");

*poetry by Edouard Roditi;

*double-page selection of boy-love poems from the volume "In Praise of Boys: Moorish Poems from al-Andalus (second series)" translated by Erskine Lane;

*article "Sex in the Mexican Baths" by Clark L. Taylor;

*article "Latin American Fiction: Machismo vs. Gayness" by Alfredo Villanueva;

*interview of poet Kenward Elmslie (with two photos);

*delightful, lengthy poem "Some 'I Remembers'" by Kenward Elmslie, here a few excerpts:

"I Remember vomiting (to my horror) on Shirley Temple's framed photograph, which I kept on my bedside table, as I was sure I'd marry her when I grew up, partly because we were both born in April...

 

"I Remember going through wartime trains, coach after coach, staring at sleeping sailors, and the bump on one side of their summer whites...

 

"I Remember going all the way to Brooklyn to see Tab Hunter's first movie, 'Island of Desire'...

 

"I Remember making love with Joe Brainard after having taken LSD. Very rubbery and weird..."

*two new poems by Allen Ginsberg ("A Dream" and "C'mon Jack");

*much more.

 

 

 

Issue #32 of "Gay Sunshine" subtitled "A Journal of Gay Liberation" (Spring 1977) edited by Winston Leyland and published by the Gay Sunshine Collective out of San Francisco, California during the heady and activist days of the gay liberation movement. A newspaper issued in tabloid (fold-over) format, when unfolded contains 28 pages including front and rear covers. With splendid photographs and illustrations, the paper contains articles, news updates, poetry, reviews, community resources, and classifieds. Highlights include:

 

*lengthy article on boy-love in Arab history entitled "Arab Civilization and Male Love" by Marc Daniel, translated from the French homophile journal "Arcadie" by Winston Leyland (with two photos of Sicilian boys of Taormina by 19th century photographer Baron von Gloeden; sections include "Arab Customs Before Mohammed"; "The Koran and Homosexuality"; "The Greek Muse and Boys"; "Boy Love in Arab Poetry" with numerous, splendid examples; "From Poetry to Reality" with subsections "Loose Boys and Male Prostitution" and "Boy Love and Free Thought");

*critic, playwright, and social historian Martin Duberman interviewed (with four photos, including a delightful shot of him as a child, circa 1940);

*article "U.S. Gay Fiction: Historical Overview";

*rear page advertisement for Harvey Milk and Scott Smith's "Castro Camera Shop" then located at 575 Castro Street, San Francisco; *much more.

 

 

special double issue #33/34 of "Gay Sunshine" subtitled "A Journal of Gay Liberation" (Summer/Fall 1977) edited by Winston Leyland and published by the Gay Sunshine Collective out of San Francisco, California during the heady and activist days of the gay liberation movement. A newspaper issued in tabloid (fold-over) format, when unfolded contains 40 pages including front and rear covers.With splendid photographs and illustrations, the paper contains articles, news updates, poetry, reviews, community resources, and classifieds. Highlights include:

 

*lengthy interview of Tennessee Williams (with two photos, including one of Tennessee Williams and Gore Vidal taken in the 1950s);

*short story "A Night of Love" by Edouard Roditi;

*Robin Maugham interviewed (with four photos, including one of Robin Maugham and Peter Burton);

*poetry by Dennis Cooper, Felice Picano, Jim Everhard ("Rosa Luxemburg, Drag Queen"), Will Inman, Richard Ronan, others;

*article "John Le Gay Brereton: An Early Australian Gay Poet" (with his photo);

*article "Buga Views of Normal Mexican Homosexuality" (with two photos and three Mexican illustrations from popular culture genres containing stereotypical gay images, i.e., one of a gay Mexican waiter, a joto: "For example, one of the 'Ay, Tu!' 'Oh, you!' is a phrase supposedly very popular among homosexuals");

*article "Shotgun Parade: A Personal Account of the Spontaneous March and Rally for Gay Rights, June 7, 1977, San Francisco" (with photo of marchers: the author ads in bold "THIS IS ONLY ONE FAGGOT'S ACCOUNT. THERE ARE AT LEAST 5,000 OTHER STORIES");

*short article on Latin American gay artist Luis Caballero by Edouard Roditi (with portrait shot and three half-page examples of his male artwork);

*short stories "Five Short Stories (Fire Island)" by Rolf Tor Jarlsson;

*rear page advertisement for Harvey Milk and Scott Smith's "Castro Camera" then at 575 Castro Street, San Francisco;

*much more.

 

 

double issue #36/37 of "Gay Sunshine" subtitled "A Journal of Gay Liberation" (Spring/Summer 1978) edited by Winston Leyland and published by the Gay Sunshine Collective out of San Francisco, California during the early days of the activist gay liberation movement. A newspaper issued in tabloid (fold-over) format, when unfolded contains 28 pages including front and rear covers. With splendid photographs and illustrations, the paper contains articles, news updates, poetry, reviews, community resources, and classifieds. Highlights include:

 

*lengthy interview of poet Robert Peters (with three photos, including one of young Paul Trachtenberg);

*short boy-love story "A Kind of Fulfillment" by Don Ronk;

*poetry by Edouard Roditi, David Emerson Smith, Richard Ronan, Dennis Kelly, E.A. Lacey, others;

*article "The Elements of Gay Theatre" by Richard Hall (with two photos, including one of Heikko Kerin and Jim Krestalude in the production of "Love Match");

*article "The New Censorship and Repression" by John Rechy;

*rear page advertisement for Harvey Milk and Scott Smith's "Castro Camera" shop at their new location on 2362 Market Street, San Francisco; *much more.

 

 

Of special note is the last-minute press insertion of a four-paragraph news item entitled "HARVEY MILK ASSASSINATED" written by Winston Leyland, reading in small part:

 

"On the very same day that this issue was going to press (November 27), word reached us of the murder of San Francisco Supervisor Harvey Milk...”

"I mourn his passing. Let us hope that his death will not throw our San Francisco gay community into disarray. We need to unite and continue the struggle for gay rights - Winston Leyland."

 

Special issue on Brazil, double issue #38/39 of "Gay Sunshine" subtitled "A Journal of Gay Liberation" (Winter 1979) edited by Winston Leyland and published by the Gay Sunshine Collective out of San Francisco, California during the early days of the activist gay liberation movement. A newspaper issued in tabloid (fold-over) format, when unfolded contains 40 pages including front and rear covers. Highlights include:

 

*magnificent seven-page photospread entitled "Carnival in Rio" by photographer Alair Gomes (with 14 half-page photographs);

*short stories by gay Latin American writers Darcy Penteado, Gasparino Damata, Edilberto Coutinho, Caio Fernando Abreu, and Joao Silverio Trevisan;

*artwork by Nuki and Robert Gluck;

*article "Homosexuality and the Inquisition in Brazil, 1591-92" by Stephen W. Foster;

*article "The Entendidos: Middle Class Gay Life in Sao Paulo" by Frederick L. Whitam;

*article on the life and tragic suicide of Klaus Mann by Richard Hall (with portrait photo);

*article "Boy-Love in the Far East" by Jameson Donald (with four photos);

*two splendid watercolors by Nuki;

*article "Sodomy Among Native American Peoples" by Antonio Requena;*much more.

 

 

double issue #40/41 of "Gay Sunshine" subtitled "A Journal of Gay Liberation" (Summer/Fall 1979) edited by Winston Leyland and published by the Gay Sunshine Collective out of San Francisco, California during the early days of the activist gay liberation movement. A newspaper issued in tabloid (fold-over) format, when unfolded contains 40 pages including front and rear covers.

Highlights include:

 

*lengthy interview of poet Robert Duncan (with three photos, including one of Robert Duncan taken in his Berkeley apartment during the summer of 1942);

*article "Prison Sex at Age 16" by Dalton Loyd Williams (with haunting woodcut entitled "Prison Corridor" by S.N. Reese);

*article "Tender Mornings: Progress of a Faggot Father" by Jack Purdom Latham (with splendid, tasteful nude photo of father and son a la Sally Mann);

*four watercolors by artist Nuki;

*article "Latin America: Myths and Realities" by E.A. Lacey; *much more.

 

 

double issue #42/43 of "Gay Sunshine" subtitled "A Journal of Gay Liberation" (1980) A newspaper issued in tabloid (fold-over) format, when unfolded contains 32 pages including front and rear covers. Highlights include:

 

*lengthy interview of gay French novelist Roger Peyrefitte (with portrait photo);

*poetry by Dinos Christianopoulos (translated from the Greek);

*splendid article entitled "Charles Warren Stoddard: Gay Idyls of the South Seas" (with portrait photo);

*male artwork by Jose Lima (with biography of artist);

*Spanish poet Jaime Gil de Biedma interviewed;

*magnificent article on Hans Bluher and Magnus Hirschfeld on the Wandervogel movement (with two photos: a rare photograph of Hans Bluher, and one of Magnus Hirschfeld; in addition, the front cover of the November 1912 issue of "WANDERVOGEL IN HESSEN UND AM RHEIN" is reproduced);*much more.

 

 

Special double issue #44/45 of "Gay Sunshine" subtitled "A Journal of Gay Liberation" (1980) A newspaper issued in tabloid (fold-over) format, when unfolded contains 56 pages including front and rear covers.With splendid photographs and illustrations, the paper contains articles, news updates, poetry, reviews, community resources, and classifieds. Highlights include:

 

*magnificent, lengthy "GAY SUNSHINE'S 10th ANNIVERSARY: Our Friends' Letters of Congratulations" (with letters from Will Inman, Royal Murdoch, Robin Maugham, Peter Burton, Peter Orlovsky, Allen Ginsberg, David Chura, E.A. Lacey, Robert Peters, Charles Shively, Ned Rorem, Samuel M. Steward aka Phil Andros, Rudy Kikel, Kirby Congdon, John Dolan, Simon Karlinsky, Rick Paul, Lou Harrison and Bill Colvig, Steve Abbott, Roger Austen, Nuki, Brad Mulroy, Richard Mills, Richard Hall, Richard Ronan, Dennis Kelley, and Raymonde Saint-Pierre);

*article "After Whitman and Auden: Gay Male Sensibility in Poetry Since 1945" by Rudy Kikel (with several splendid poetry examples);

*lengthy interview of San Francisco Board of Supervisor Harry Britt (with photo of Harry Britt and Winston Leyland);

*short story "First Communion" by Joseph Torchia ("In which The Kryptonite Kid finally meets Superman");

*Malcolm Boyd interviewed (with two photos);

*poet James Broughton interviewed (with photo);

*article "A Man of Youth: Wilhelm Jansen and the German Wandervogel Movement" by Richard Mills (with two photos: one of Wilhelm Jansen taken in 1936, and one of a group of Young Wandervogel taken at Bremen Harbor, 1911);*much more.

 

 

 

Last published issue in newspaper format (the final issue was published in book format; Issue #46 of "Gay Sunshine" subtitled "A Journal of Gay Liberation" (1981) A newspaper issued in tabloid (fold-over) format, when unfolded contains 16 pages including front and rear covers.Highlights include:

 

*article "The Cult of the Returned Apollo: Walter Pater's Renaissance and Imaginary Portraits" by Robert Peters (with splendid illustration entitled "Apollo" by Aubrey Beardsley)

*short biography, with photo, written upon the death of Royal Murdoch (1898-1981) by Winston Leyland;

*article "Service Industry Interviews: Gay Workers" by John Robinson and Lauren Jeunesse (very interesting interviews of gay men working in societally-considered "low status" industries: restaurants, clothing store, manicurist, secretary);

*article, with photo, "In Memoriam: Robin Maugham 1916-1981" by Peter Burton; *much more.

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