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            intimate Janus membership grew even smaller with schism over issues
            ranging from gender to consent. Witness the famous Society of Janus
            gender drama when my longtime friend, the Catholic leather priest, the
            Reverend Jim Kane, bolted out the door, never to return. Earlier, I had
            written about him under a pseudonym I created for him, Frank Cross, in
            “The Janus Society,” Drummer 27 (February 1979), pages 14-22.
               In the separating leatherstream culture of the late 1970s, the distaff
            theorists Gayle Rubin (b. 1949) and Pat Califia (b. 1954), reached into
            The Story of O and founded the lesbian-feminist S&M Samois (punning
            the identity, C’est moi?) collective (1978-1983) as a kind of response to the
            Catacombs and Janus and to the way each had marginalized itself through
            inclusions and exclusions around fisting, gender, and power exchanges.

               Insofar as religion threads its agenda through homosexuality, it is neat
            balance to Catholicism and Judaism to mention that Pat Califia arrived
            on scene simultaneously with the 1970s “Mormon Mafia” imported from
            Salt Lake to LA by Robert I. McQueen, the Mormon editor of The Advo-
            cate, because David Goodstein, the Jewish owner of The Advocate pre-
            ferred what he termed “the Mormon work ethic.” Goodstein also popular-
            ized the phrase “Mormon Mafia.” (I mentioned Califia by name and as
            a Mormon in an homage in Some Dance to Remember: A Memoir-Novel
            of San Francisco 1970-1982, Reel 3, Sequence 3.) Open-hearted diversity
            allowed the immortal changeling Califia, once a Mormon female, to write
            an advice column for non-Mormon gay males in The Advocate, 1981-1991.
            In December 1979, The Advocate 238 showcased then Pat, now Patrick,
            Califia authoring “A Secret Side of Lesbian Sexuality” which connected
            to Drummer through Samois, the Janus Society, and the Catacombs.
                   On my birthday, June 20, 1984, Pat Califia, a decade before
            transitioning FTM, generously connected the dots from me to Drum-
            mer in her “Dear Jack” letter in which she, “very excited,” thanked me
            for sending her the complete eight-issue run of my Man2Man Quarterly
            which she had specifically requested, and to which I had added for her
            historical archives a complete run of my San Francisco tabloid, The Cali-
            fornia Action Guide (1982). Coming from Califia, a salonista around both
            The Advocate and Drummer, it was birthday cake indeed to read “You
            are one of the finest gay porn writers around . . . you write a ‘dirty-talking’
            story better than anybody else I know.” Commenting on my magazines
            themselves, analyst Califia confided with a personal sentiment I treasure:
            “In every single publication you’ve produced . . . something . . . hits me right
            between the eyes.” (Fellow-academic Patrick Califia and I also share the
            fact that we both have BDSM books that have been seized by Cana-

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