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Gay San Francisco: Eyewitness Drummer                 101
             American Studies Association, October 30, 1969, I presented my paper,
             “Popular Culture in Tennessee Williams.” Immediately thereafter, when
             approached by Ray Browne who was one of the founders of the Ameri-
             can Popular Culture Association (1968), I jumped on the opportunity to
             document our gay popular subculture by writing gay-themed essays in the
             newly founded Journal of Popular Culture, and in writing the nonfiction
             book Popular Witchcraft: Straight from the Witch’s Mouth (1972; 2005).
             Soon enough, along came Drummer begging for content and identity.
                In the dual roles of 1) pioneer-participant, and as 2) historian-analyst
             commenting on that participation, I have been writing this eyewitness
             history for around forty years, but I am not clinging to a floating deck
             chair from the “Titanic 70s.”
                I have had a long and rewarding personal and literary life and pho-
             tographic career before, during, and after Drummer.
                Nevertheless, in a way, this memoir is my last will and testament
             about Drummer made in response to queer historian Dusk Darkling who
             once asked me to describe “a typical day during the 1970s in the Drummer
                As high as passions, fun, creativity, and sex always surged around
             Drummer, it was not the worst of times, but the best, as the innocent
             first-class party-people in the Titanic 70s cruised on not knowing that
             ahead lay the iceberg of HIV.

                In a drag-dominated GLBT culture of sissyhood entitled by femi-
                nism, I edited, wrote, and photographed for the gay men’s homo-
                masculine adventure magazine Drummer . . .

                            Masturbation Is Magical Thinking

                    What I did to virilize Drummer was add realism to the magical
                thinking of Drummer readers who wanted a magazine that made
                the frontiers of newly liberated sex seem possible, accessible,
                and boundless. What they wanted they saw in the media image
                of themselves come alive in my verite pages reflecting what they
                really did at night.
                    Drummer reported the lifestyle it generated.

                                WHERE THE BOYS ARE:
                                A Manifesto of Equality
                    Addressed to GLBT Historians, Journalists, Academics,
                                  and Fiction Writers

           ©Jack Fritscher, Ph.D., All Rights Reserved—posted 05-05-2017
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