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                             Gay Jock Sports

                 Written September 17, 1977, this feature essay was pub-
                 lished in Drummer 20, January 1978.
                 I.  Author’s Eyewitness Historical-Context Introduction
                    written April 2, 2006
                 II.  The feature article as published in Drummer 20,
                    January 1978
                 III. Eyewitness Illustrations

             I.  Author’s Eyewitness Historical-Context Introduction written
                April 2, 2006

                             Bullies, Gods, and Gay Bodies:
                               Without Pecs You’re Dead!

               Years before Tom Waddell, the Gay Olympics, and the Gay Games,
                     This 1977 “Jockstrap Declaration of Independence”
                      Framed and Reclaimed Sports, Gyms, and Balls
                 for Gay Men Self-Fashioning Their Masculine Gender Identity

             This is the first magazine article written on gay sports, and the politicizing
             of gay sports. Written two years before Tom Waddell announced his idea
             for the Gay Olympics, this “Gay Sports” feature reclaimed for gay men
             the playing fields and locker rooms denied them in high school and col-
             lege. Waddell, traveling the same path, found the article an encouraging
             assessment of the temper of the times. Many readers liked the article’s
             focus on black men (O. J. Simpson, Ken Norton), on the idea of sports
             as a metaphor of rethinking gay masculinity, and on the analysis of the
             politicizing of gay men.
                As editor in chief of Drummer and as a theorist of queer culture,
             I have always tried to stay “on message” regarding the self-fashioning
             esteem of homomasculine men emerging from the deepest closets of the
             pre-Stonewall world.
                Historically, clock, calendar, and circumstance have put me in a
             pro-active position to reflect homomasculine men’s lives in an immedi-
             ate way in monthly magazines. Unlike books that take years to produce,

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