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             dian customs in a dragnet chronicled in The New Yorker, October 3,
             1994.) With the 1984 startup of her The Power Exchange, A Newsleather
             for Women, Pat, perhaps feeling isolated in Richmond Hill, New York,
             generously signed off her long June 20 letter with: “ . . . if it wasn’t for your
             work, I’d feel impoverished. There were a lot of times when . . . a Jack Frit-
             scher story renewed my optimism  . . . . I’d like to put you on the comp list
             for the Newsleather.”
                Of course, her words pleased me as much as did her return to live and
             work in San Francisco, appearing in a back-to-back reading with me at
             Karen Mendelsohn’s September 1989 QSM Conference; speaking during
             Leather Week 1993 with Robin Sweeney, April Miller, Nicola Ginzler,
             and Lydia Steptoe at venues as outre as the men’s sex club, Eros; and
             entertaining at the Women’s Building Benefit for the Spanner Defense
             Fund, with music by Gayle Rubin.
                Supporting inclusive camaraderie, on December 26, 2001, I mailed
             Patrick Califia a copy of one of my new Palm Drive Video leather docu-
             mentaries about the Folsom Street Fair; and, because we have been so
             frequently connected through the years, I invited him to write an histori-
             cal essay for Gay San Francisco: Eyewitness Drummer. Early on, Califia had
             exhibited the drive and talent that would make her the San Francisco edi-
             tor of The Advocate; so in the byzantine drama when I was exiting Drum-
             mer in late 1979, I proposed to Drummer art director Al Shapiro (who was
             negotiating between publisher Embry and me) that Califia follow me as
             editor of Drummer, because I thought she authored a good calling card
             in her article, “A Secret Side of Lesbian Sexuality” in The Advocate #238,
             December 1979 (!). However, I had no power, and gender separatism
             on every side scotched the concept which was further trampled by the
             Machiavellian John Rowberry who would have knifed Eve Harrington to
             get himself temporarily hired as “assignment editor” of Drummer 31 to
             Drummer 39 for the year 1980 during which no actual “editor in chief”
             was hired to replace me.
                So, torching myths, and inviting Califia into the  Gay San Fran-
             cisco tent in 2001, I had my reasons precisely connected to the history
             of my editorial direction of Drummer. We’ve had our, our . . . six degrees
             of relationship? exchanging Solstice and Beltane greeting cards . . . how
             many decades now? She with her Mormon SLC BDSM FTM, and I with
             my Catholic stories of homomasculine Platonism, muscle worship, and
             shapeshifting Irish she/he’s.
                One might say: Fritscher and Califia both began in sex and set about
             intellectually changing S&M.
                 In one of Patrick Califia’s books, I don’t recall which one, he dubbed
             me a “prophet of homomasculinity” which is the clarion keyword defin-

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