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THE GAY COLORING BOOK, CHRONICLING THE LIFE of PERCY and his FRIENDS (1964)

THE DEVIL’S TALE: The Gay Coloring Book, The Guild Press, 1964. Only a handful of these rare coloring books are known to exist. Chronicling the life of Percy and his friends through 24 drawings, The Gay Coloring Book was one of the first books published by the Guild Press to take readers into all-male social spaces such as gay parties and gay bars, as well as the sexual cruising scenes in public parks, public bathrooms, alleys, and bathhouses. The coloring book features illustrations by George Haimsohn, who also published gay fiction under the name Alexander Goodman.

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SISSYDUDE LOVES: THE AWESOME GRAPHIC GRAPHICS of vintage DRUMMER MAGAZINE!

So I’m home with a flu/ cold that just lingers and won’t go away… and for some reason DRUMMER Magazine popped up in my head. Lately, I’ve been seeing images of vintage covers popping up on Instagram, Tumblr and such. The graphics and photos really look amazing to me. So here are some mind-blowing images that I found, mostly via some lovely soul named Vince who scanned a full 20 issues! LOVE… probably one of my fave Sissydude posts. Enjoy!

Images posted here via VINCE @ SCRIBD. You can look through Vince’s scans of a full 20 issues HERE.
So much great stuff to savour!

WIKIPEDIA: Drummer was an American magazine targeted at gay men with an interest in the leather subculture founded by John H. Embry and Jeanne Barney in Los Angeles, 1975. Because of police harassment, the magazine moved to San Francisco in 1977, with Jack Fritscher as new editor-in-chief (1977–1999). The last number of the magazine, issue 214, was published in April 1999.

Drummer was the most successful of the American leather magazines and was also sold overseas. The publication had a major impact of spreading gay leather as a lifestyle and masculinity as a gay ideal. The magazine was originally focused on quality writings about leather but gradually changed into more of a photo magazine. Among the published writers and artists were Phil Andros, Tim Barrus, Scott Masters, Tom of Finland, Robert Opel, Fred Halsted, David Hurles, Rex (artist), British artist Bill Ward and Larry Townsend. It featured comic strips starring buff gay secret agent Harry Chess by Al Shapiro (under the name “A. Jay”). The photographer Robert Mapplethorpe contributed a photograph for the cover of issue 24, September 1978.

The magazine arranged yearly International Mr. Drummer contests in San Francisco, 1981–1999 (ca).

(watch a bit of the 1985 contest at the end of this post)

Manga artist Gengoroh Tagame has pointed to the magazines illustrated strips as a major influence on his own work.

Also check out the 3 part interview with GLBT Historian Jack Fritscher (the founding San Francisco editor in chief of the legendary leather magazine Drummer
(1975-1999) at the end of this long obsessive post.

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GAYBLEVISION (Canada’s first television program made “for gay people by gay people”)

VIVO MEDIA ARTS CENTRE: Gayblevision, Canada’s first television program made “for gay people by gay people”, was produced through Vancouver’s West End Cable 10 between 1980-1986. It documented the local LGBTQ community – the issues, people, events, businesses and organizations that defined the early 1980s. It includes rare interviews with community leaders and cultural icons, and provides insight into the formation of the Pride movement and the impact of AIDS.

Co-founder and first President, Don Durrell, donated the collection in 1993. It includes over eighty Gayblevision episodes and those of Pacific Wave, a series initiated December 1983 by Durrell and other Gayblevision producers. Co-founder Mary Anne McEwen donated additional Gayblevision videos including raw footage of their Tennessee Williams interview. Other videos include an AIDS Special, Pride tapes, promotional segments, audio tracks, and working cassettes. In 2014 a donation of production stills and other ephemera was made in honour of McEwen.
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STONEWALL GAZETTE: This is historically important archival footage of activist Alan Hicox, from a segment produced for Gayblevision in 1983. Hicox died on Sept 26, 1984; he was only 21 years of age. Gayblevision was Canada’s first gay TV show and was produced in Vancouver. In this footage, Hicox shares his experience with AIDS and talks about how he is helping to educate the public. FULL 4:44 VERSION HERE. Video @ XTRA

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SISSYDUDE LOVES: LGBT HISTORY @ INSTAGRAM

"Medallion," by Gluck (August 13, 1895 – January 10, 1978), depicts the artist (right) and their lover, Nesta Obermer, 1937. Born into a wealthy British family as Hannah Gluckstein, Gluck rose to prominence in the 1920s and 1930s for portraits and floral prints. From the start of Gluck's career, they insisted on being referred to only as Gluck–"no prefix, suffix, or quotes"–and they resigned from an artists' cooperative that identified the artist as "Miss Gluck." Gluck showed their work only at solo exhibitions, refusing to identify with other artists, particular schools of art, or artistic movements. Gluck is best known for "Medallion" (1937) (pictured), a dual portrait with Nesta Obermer. According to biographer Diana Souhami, the artist was inspired after they attended a production of Mozart's "Don Giovanni" with Obermer: "…they sat in the third row and [Gluck] felt the intensity of the music fused them into one person and matched their love." "Medallion" later was used as the cover of a popular edition of Radclyffe Hall's "The Well of Loneliness." In the 1950s, fueled by dissatisfaction with the quality of available artist's paints, Gluck started a decades-long campaign to increase quality that led ultimately to the British Standards Institution adopting a new standard for oil paints. Gluck died on January 10, 1978, at the age of eighty-two. #lgbthistory #lgbtherstory #lgbttheirstory #lgbtpride #QueerHistoryMatters #HavePrideInHistory #Gluck

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"Gay is Good," pioneer Craig Rodwell, New York City, October 14, 1969. Photo by Fred W. McDarrah. On August 12, 1968, forty-eight years ago today, in the only unanimous vote of a contentious meeting of representatives of the twenty-six gay rights organizations that made up the North American Conference of Homophile Organizations (NACHO), delegates formally adopted pioneer Frank Kameny's phrase "Gay Is Good" as NACHO’s official slogan. The resolution, drafted by Kameny, provided that "because many individual homosexuals…suffer from diminished self-esteem, doubts and uncertainties as to their personal worth…; and…are in need of psychological sustenance to bolster and support a positive and affirmative attitude toward themselves and their homosexuality…; and because it would seem to be very much a function of [NACHO] to attempt to replace a wishy-washy negativism toward homosexuality with a firm no-nonsense positivism…; and because the Negro community has approached similar problems and goals with some success by the adoption of the slogan: 'Black Is Beautiful'…, it is hereby adopted as a motto for NACHO that GAY IS GOOD." Frank Kameny, who was responsible for a countless number of gay rights victories in his fifty-plus years of activism, later wrote that "if I'm remembered for only one thing, I would like it to be for having coined 'Gay is Good'"; the phrase is inscribed on Kameny's headstone. #lgbthistory #lgbtherstory #lgbttheirstory #lgbtpride #QueerHistoryMatters #HavePrideInHistory #GayIsGood #FrankKameny #CraigRodwell #FredWMcDarrah

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Gay Games swimmers (including Richard Hunter and Richard Boner, foreground), Gay Games I, San Francisco, August 1982. Photo c/o Gay Games Blog. The first Gay Games, held in 1982, saw 1,300 gay and lesbian athletes and nearly 10,000 spectators converge upon San Francisco for a celebration of sport, competition, and pride. Initially called the Gay Olympic Games, the United States Olympic Committee successfully sued to preclude the use of the word "Olympic." The same year, a number of other Olympic organizations–including the "Crab Cooking Olympics," the "Diaper Olympics," and the "Rat Olympics"–were allowed to use "Olympic" without liability. #lgbthistory #lgbtherstory #lgbttheirstory #lgbtpride #queerhistorymatters #haveprideinhistory #rio2016 #olympics #gaygames

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Radclyffe Hall (August 12, 1880 – October 7, 1943), c. 1920s. Marguerite Radclyffe-Hall, who was born one hundred and thirty-six years ago today, was an English poet and novelist; Hall's novel, "The Well of Loneliness" (1928), generally is considered the first modern novel to present lesbianism as natural and deserving of tolerance, if not understanding and acceptance. In 1907, Hall met and fell in love with Mabel Veronica Batten; as Hall explored her sexuality, she took on a more traditionally masculine appearance and went by the nickname "John." In 1908, she published a book of poems, "A Sheaf of Verses," that included "Ode to Sappho," the last verse of which read: "Beloved Lesbian! we would not dare claim/ By that same tear fond union with thy lot;/ Yet 'tis enough, if when we breathe thy name/ Thy soul but listens, and forgets us not." During World War I, Hall fell in love with Batten's cousin, Una Troubridge, and, upon Batten's death, the couple moved in together; the relationship lasted until Hall's death. After a series of lesser-known novels, "The Well of Loneliness" was published in 1924, sparking an international outcry over its lesbian themes–deemed "moral poison" by James Douglas, editor of London's Sunday Express. Radclyffe Hall died of colon cancer on October 7, 1943; she was sixty-three. #lgbthistory #lgbtherstory #lgbttheirstory #lgbtpride #queerhistorymatters #haveprideinhistory #radclyffehall

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"HOMOSEXUELEN ZIJN GEEN KRIMINELEN (HOMOSEXUALS ARE NOT CRIMINALS)," activists protest Anita Bryant, Amsterdam, Netherlands, June 25, 1977. Photo by Hans Peters. According to historians Judith Schuyf and Andre Krouwel, "[r]emarkably, it was a foreign event, rather than domestic developments, that triggered the first large public manifestation of the Dutch gay and lesbian movement. In 1977, former beauty queen Anita Bryant forced the city of Miami, Florida, to hold a referendum on its antidiscrimination law. As a result, Miami's gay rights law was struck down by a seventy percent majority. In reaction to these events, gays and lesbians took to the streets of Amsterdam on 25 June 1977" (pictured). #lgbthistory #lgbtherstory #lgbttheirstory #lgbtpride #queerhistorymatters #haveprideinhistory #europride2016 #iamsterdam

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"DISABILITY PRIDE" — "WE CAN'T PARK HERE BECAUSE YOU DID," Eric von Schmetterling representing ADAPT, March on Washington for Lesbian, Gay and Bi Equal Rights, Washington, D.C., April 25, 1993. Photo © Fred W. McDarrah. ADAPT (formerly Americans Disabled for Accessible Public Transit and Americans Disabled Attendant Programs Today), established in the 1970s in Denver, is a grassroots organization within the disability rights movement that emphasizes direct action to bring greater visibility to the fight for the rights of Americans with disabilities. On July 26, 1990, twenty-six years ago today, as a result of the work of organizations like ADAPT, President George H.W. Bush signed into law the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). While disability rights advocates emphasize that much work remains, the ADA widely was considered a strong first step toward the ultimate goal of equal access for Americans with physical and mental impairments. #lgbthistory #lgbtherstory #lgbttheirstory #lgbtpride #queerhistorymatters #haveprideinhistory

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SISSYDUDE LOVES: TACHEN’S TWO-VOLUME edition/ BOB MIZER /AMG: 1000 MODEL DIRECTORY…

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TASCHEN: In 1945 Bob Mizer began taking photographs of strapping young men on Muscle Beach in Venice, California. In December of that year he formed the Athletic Model Guild to market his photos, and “physique photography” was born. Before Mizer there were bodybuilders and men who photographed them, but AMG photos, even those of the same men, were different, subtly provocative, discretely aimed at a gay audience. They weren’t nude, but showed as much as the law allowed in 1945.

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In 1951 Mizer launched Physique Pictorial, America’s first indisputably gay magazine, bringing his photos of top bodybuilders to grateful readers worldwide. By the late ’50s Mizer had photographed over 1,000 men, moving from the beach to his quirky Los Angeles studio, where he introduced props including Greek columns, Roman headdresses, rear projection, and famously, his mother’s glassware, for theatrical Hollywood effect. In 1957 he published a catalog featuring all his men, titled 1000 Model Directory. In 1968 a second 1000 Model Directory followed, with the men photographed in the intervening years. The little 98-page books became instant collectibles, but the photos were so small, 12 to a page, that they were as frustrating to view as they were titillating.

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TASCHEN’s two-volume edition 1000 Model Directory prints from Mizer’s original 4 x 5 negatives to present these handsome hunks in stunning clarity. Editor Dian Hanson trawled through a quarter million male nudes to select this lineup of top models, including movie stars Sammy Jackson, Richard Harrison, and Ed Fury. Glenn Corbett of TV’s 77 Sunset Strip is also here, as well as Nick Adams, star of The Rebel, and top body builders Chris Dickerson, Dick Dubois, Vince Gironda, Bill Grant, Zabo Koszewski, Henry Lenz, Don Peters, Bob Shealy, Charles Stroeder, Armand Tanny, and John Tristram.

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An hour-long DVD is also included, containing 18 films made by Bob Mizer between 1954 and 1968, in black and white and color, all edited specifically for this book. They range from simple posing routines by bodybuilding stars Keith Stephan and AMG favorites Forrester Millard, John Davidson and Steve Buono, to sword and sandal star Ed Fury’s first physique film, to gladiator extravaganzas, wrestling adventures, crime dramas, and—a Bob specialty—humorous morality tales, starring Jim Paris, John Tristram, Monte Hanson and other models featured in the book. Mizer’s take on Dr. Frankenstein’s Monster, in posing straps, is a stand-out.

AVAILABLE SEPTEMBER 2016

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HOTARIOUS: JOAN CRAWFORD reads her book MY WAY OF LIFE (via J. Wimbs)

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“You can’t be a giver if you’re bitter.”

There are 10 sides to listen to here… she reads the whole thing. You’re welcome.
Want to read it yourself? Read this 1971 classic HERE @ THE CONCLUDING CHAPTER OF CRAWFORD (for educational purposes of course).

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HAL FISCHER’S 1977 CLASSIC “GAY SEMIOTICS” Re-released this month!!! (via i-D)

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Photographer Hal Fischer’s 1977 classic book, Gay Semiotics is being re-released this month. A few informative articles on the book are online. A great one from earlier this year at SLATE, and the most recent article at i-D that is all over Facebook today. Articles HERE & HERE.

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WHAT SHE SAID: TENNESSEE WILLIAMS WISDOM via follies of god

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“I don’t know what to tell you. A statement is easy, and here it is: Be yourself. Try to matter. Be a good friend. Love freely, even if you are likely–almost guaranteed–to be hurt, betrayed. Do what you were created to do. You’ll know what this is, because it is what you keep creeping up to, peering at, dreaming of. Do it. If you don’t, you’ll be punching clocks and eating time doing precisely what you shouldn’t, and you’ll become mean and you’ll seek to punish any and all who appear the slightest bit happy, the slightest bit comfortable in their own skin, the slightest bit smart. Cruelty is a drug, as well, and it’s all around us. Don’t imbibe.”- Tennessee Williams

via Follies Of God

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BEDTIME STORIES: MADE IN BRAZIL: THE MARLON ISSUE, STH #68, OTTER J’s DIRTY/FLIRTY and MICHAEL HORWITZ’s “MY BOYFRIEND WALT WHITMAN” & “CHYNA EVER AFTER”

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Screen Shot 2015-06-27 at 11.53.15 PMOTTER J’s DIRTY/ FLIRTY…  BUY IT HERE!

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Screen Shot 2015-06-27 at 11.53.52 PMSTRAIGHT TO HELL # 68 BUY IT HERE! OUT OF STOCK

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Chyna Ever After by Michael Horwitz

“Whatever happened to 90’s pro-wrestler Chyna?” Find out in this short, sweet fairy tale starring the self-titled 9th Wonder of the World. (10 pages, color)

BUY IT HERE!

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My Boyfriend Walt Whitman by Michael Horwitz.

For over seven months, artist Michael Horwitz spammed his Facebook friends’ feeds with posts about his love affair with a queer poet named Walt Whitman. This book collects the entire epic…except for the posts that were really really bad. (32 pages, black and white)

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made in brazil magazine #9 featuring marlon teixeira. BUY HERE!

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CUM SATURDAY MORNING MEGA-POST!!!

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great vintage gay book covers via dale lazarov

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SISSYDUDE LOVES: noodles & beef’s very honest answer to an anon’s question: IS YOUR LIFE AS PERFECT AS YOU MAKE IT OUT TO BE?

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noodlesandbeef answered:

Its all in the eyes of the beholder, anon.  I think my life is pretty awesome, but its not without negative parts:

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Again, its all in the eyes of the beholder.  I’m aware of the things in my life that aren’t “perfect” and am actively working to make them better so I can be a better person.

But what is “perfect” without some struggle?  I couldn’t appreciate the good parts of my life if it weren’t for the bad ones.

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GREAT QUOTE from MEAT: True Homosexual Experiences from S.T.H.

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“STH and MEAT do not just invert middle-class values; more profoundly, they enunciate cocksucker values. Meat may be the most moral book ever assembled: a morality of participants in which being “good” is giving a good blow or rim job, being “good” is being hot and hard, being “good” is letting it all come out: sweat, shit, piss, spit, cum; being “good” is being able to take it all, take it all the way.” – Charley Shively

(Taken from Shively’s intro for 1981’s MEAT, How men look, act, walk, talk, dress, undress, taste and smell / True Homosexual Experiences from S.T.H.)

READ MEAT ONLINE HERE (THANKS MICHAEL)

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‘Don’t Sneak’: Dad’s Unexpected Advice To His Gay Son In The ’50s (via NPR)

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Patrick Haggerty dresses in drag in 1959. As a teen, Haggerty learned from his father never to “sneak” around his identity.

Read the story after the jump or go to NPR

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SISSYDUDE LOVES: Pay It No Mind – The Life and Times of Marsha P. Johnson

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Pay It No Mind – The Life and Times of Marsha P. Johnson –

Thanks to the wisdom and support of Richard Morrison, Larry Mitchell, and Jimmy Camicia who made this documentary possible.
Special thanks to Antony and the Johnsons. Your music and generosity shine, levitate, and transcend. Buy their music; it will love you. Love all the contributors in this film.

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— Marsha, what a trip. She was something else. I vividly remember seeing her back in the 70’s & 80’s on Christopher Street. Kids would point at her in awe with bulging bug-eyes saying, “See that crazy drag queen over there?” I would respond, “Well honey, she started the Stonewall riots.” The listener’s mouth without fail would drop agape, because she was truly a sight to see. Then, after that, all the up and coming queens whenever we saw her would pause & genuflect as she made her way along the cobblestone streets of Greenwich Village. She is an undisputed icon. She’s the Statue of Liberty, the Eiffel Tower, and the Sphinx all rolled up into one divine ball.

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This feature-length documentary focuses on revolutionary trans-activist, Marsha “Pay it No Mind” Johnson, a Stonewall instigator, Andy Warhol model, drag queen, sex worker, starving actress, and Saint. “Pay It” captures the legendary gay/human rights activist as she recounts her life at the forefront of The Stonewall Riots in the 1960s, the creation of S.T.A.R. (Street Transvestite Action Revolutionaries) with Sylvia Rivera in the ’70s, and a New York City activist throughout the ’80s and early ’90s. Through her own words, as well as in-depth interviews with gay activist Randy Wicker, former Cockettes performer Agosto Machado, Author Michael Musto, Hot Peaches founder/performer, Jimmy Camicia, and Stonewall Activists Bob Kohler, Danny Garvin, Tommy Lanigan-Schmidt, and Martin Boyce, Marsha’s story lives on.

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This documentary screened in 2012 at the IFC theater in New York; the British Film Institute in London, England; Roxie Theater in San Fran; Clinton St. Theater in Portland, Ore.; and La Mutinerie Theater in Paris, France. You should see it.

The NYPD cold case department recently reopened Marsha’s case.
If you or someone you know has any information, you can contact them confidentially.

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matthiew charneau, lorenzo balducci & love project… in TOH! MAGAZINE issue 18

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CHECK OUT THE FULL ISSUE HERE @ TOH!

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sissydude loves: edward gorey’s home/ pics @ chris seufert, for an upcoming gorey documentary (via dave p)

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Yarmouth, Cape Cod. Taken the week of the late illustrator Edward Gorey’s death during the production of our documentary with him from 1996 to 2000. Soon to be released- see more at www.EdwardGoreyFilm.com.

more pics of gorey’s home HERE

kickstarter HERE!

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THE WEIRD & WONDERFUL JUKEBOX COMICS… SEE ELLA FITZGERALD, COUNT BASIE, DINAH SHORE & KATE (((FUCKING))) SMITH… IN ACTION!!!

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Jukebox Comics! Who knew!? Really fun & warped comic book stories featuring Ella Fitzgerald, Lawrence Welk, Count Basie, Dinah Shore, Kate Smith and others. I’ve included a few of my faves here. Never knew there were ever comic book stories of these music stars. Really amusing pop culture artifact…
READ ALL SIX ISSUES HERE AT SUPER AWESOME COMIC BOOK PLUS!

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glossary of homosexual terms and deviate acts (from homosexuality and citizenship in florida, 1964) via Deviates inc.

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READ THIS: The Masculine Mystique/ Custom Suits to Make Transgender and Female Clients Feel Handsome @ nytimes

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John Leland for the nytimes:

Breakthrough ideas often come from the least expected sources. For Daniel Friedman, the flash came from a woman named Rachel Tutera. Mr. Friedman makes custom men’s suits, mostly for corporate clients in his end of Park Slope, Brooklyn.

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Ms. Tutera runs a blog called The Handsome Butch. When she wrote to him last year, seeking a sales job, she had a proposition: Why couldn’t Mr. Friedman, with his expertise in men’s suits, make them for women like her — not women’s suits, but the same gear he was making for guys, with the same masculine profile, but fitted to women’s bodies? It was a question he had never considered.

READ THE STORY HERE!

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BM: BILLY MILLER, BOB MIZER, BOYD MCDONALD (via huffpost)

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The Wonderful Sexual World Of Bob Mizer

by Billy Miller (Artist, curator and independent publisher; VP, Bob Mizer Foundation) for THE HUFFPOST

I first became aware of the work of photographer, filmmaker and independent publisher Bob Mizer (1922-1992) by chance one momentous spring afternoon in the late ’60s. I grew up in the ghetto of Detroit, and in the tenement where I lived, all but one of our windows faced an alley. On that afternoon, several of my junior high school buddies and I were hanging out in my room, and one of my pals spied the neighborhood’s “dirty old man” hiding something in a trashcan. My friends and I wanted to see what that was all about, so we went down, got the bag out and dumped the contents on the ground.

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Out came a collection of homo porn of the ’60s variety (before “gay” would have been used to describe it), mainly those muscle boy chapbooks like Grecian Guild, VIM and, notably, Bob Mizer’s Physique Pictorial — along with a couple more hardcore magazines. This was the first time I’d ever seen anything like that. It was a revelation: My heart and mind were racing. My pals picked them up, flipped through the pages a bit, and started throwing them around and laughing; then, after a few minutes, they tired of it and headed off.

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Although I left with them, I hurried back to investigate, stuffed as many as I could into the same paper bag, and went to the park and into the bushes, where I pored over them for a long time. I wanted to bring them home, but there was nowhere to hide them in the small apartment where we lived, so I stashed them in the bushes and returned the next day to study them again. And, man, did I ever study that stuff! When I came back the day after that, my stash had been discovered and was gone, but the memory of those images was the inspiration for many jerk-off sessions to follow.

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Those books revealed an exciting world to explore, but at 12 I didn’t have a clue about how to step into it, although a few years later I stumbled into an opportunity to do so. I hated school and started playing hooky, eventually dropping out, hanging out downtown and becoming a street hustler. Around that time, I got a part-time job working for another dirty old man who ran a used bookstore with stacks and stacks of porn (mostly kept out of view and available by request only).

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Working there afforded me the opportunity to carefully study those things for as long as I pleased. It was then that I discovered that Mizer wasn’t just one of the pack but in fact the leader and the most prolific of them all. I also saw how his product was different from everything else. It was erotic, but it had a unique aesthetic that set it apart in key ways.

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