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                When the lesbigay civil war over gender broke out during the Titanic
             1970s, Drummer was affected as much as the rest of the GLBT com-
             munity. Because females turned from males, Drummer, abandoned by
             feminist identity politics for what it was not, turned to homomasculine
             identity “esthetics and erotics” to define what it was, and to answer to
             the demand of the demographic of masculine-identified men who had no
             magazine and no media representation.
                It “was a whiter shade of” beyond the “pale.”
                Califia in her person fashioning himself, and I as an author-editor
             driving Drummer, both chose to virilize ourselves.
                And “the crowd called out for more.”
                We all live in a world so foreign no straight tourists bother. That’s
             why our kind will always be forever marginal with never a presidential
             candidate of our own.


                In Drummer 31 (September 1979), I published a letter to the edi-
             tor sent by Samois (presumably Rubin and Califia) in response to my
             Society of Janus feature in Drummer 27 (February 1979). I titled the
             letter “Things That Go Bump in the Night.” Samois based in Berkeley
             seemed intent on keeping its membership separate from Janus based in
             San Francisco:

                 “[The Society of Janus] . . . was an informative and well-written
                article . . . . however . . . Samois . . . is  an  independent  organization,
                which does not have, and never has had any official connection
                with the Society of Janus. There is some overlap of membership
                and this may have been partly responsible for the error. Several
                of Samois’ founding members were and still are members of
                Janus. Apparently, even within Janus there is some confusion
                about this matter . . . . ”
                Along with this letter, Samois sent its “Handkerchief Color Code
             for Lesbians.” In a bid to acknowledge in 1979 the emerging presence
             of leather women who did not really break the Leather Ceiling until the
             1980s, I printed the Lesbian Hanky Code with Samois’ letter on page 79
             of Drummer 31. My pro-active “Janus Society” feature and the  publication
             of this Samois letter were the first gestures toward women made in the
             pages of Drummer.
                After my exit as editor in chief on December 31, 1979, my initial
             gender-tuned steps in Drummer evaporated because of a rising civil war
             of gender separatism, and because women, in founding their own feminist

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