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                    Crimes Against Nature 1977

                 Written October 17, 1977, this feature essay was published
                 in Drummer 20, January 1978.
                 I.  Author’s Eyewitness Historical-Context Introduction
                    written April 15, 2002
                 II.  The feature essay as published in Drummer 20,
                    January 1978
                 III. Eyewitness Illustrations

             I. Author’s Eyewitness Historical-Context written April 15, 2002

                                Drummer and Theater
                             Drummer and Performance Art

                                “To survive, I’m butch.”
                        — David Baker, author, Crimes Against Nature
                                 Now THAT’S acting!

             As eyewitness editor in chief and as author of a couple plays in Drummer,
             I find this a chance to remind GLBT history that Drummer as a lifestyle-
             generating magazine was essentially theatrical in its mission and presenta-
             tion of gender identity and sexuality. I mean something more essential
             than the total obsession Drummer had with S&M-themed Hollywood
             films, or with the erotic art films of early Drummer contributor, Fred
             Halsted, the MOMA-enshrined Los Angeles director who so perfectly
             formed the dominant theatrical film images in the first issues of Drummer.
             It is also something more ritualistic than the bumptious burlesque theater
             of the extremely popular Mr. Drummer contests that provided great bon-
             homie and free leather-fashion runway photos for covers and centerfolds.
                At its substantial best, Drummer frequently published the scripts of
             plays and performance pieces including in Drummer 5, Isomer (1975), a
             one-act play by Richard A. Steel with author photo by J & R Studios;
             in Drummer 12 and Drummer 13, Pogey Bait (1977), a two-act play by
             George Birimisa; in Drummer 22 and Drummer 23, Corporal in Charge of

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