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             International Mr. Leather title. At the 1987 Mr. Drummer Contest at the
             Warfield Theater on Market Street, Michael Pereya in a leather raincoat
             walked up to me during rehearsals and flashed me, standing in the orches-
             tra pit, in a total grinning “reveal” of his torso and leather codpiece that to
             me was like a thousand paparazzi bulbs shooting off unforgettably in my
             wondrous eyes. Pereya had the zeal and razzle that Zehel’s dazzle lacked.
                Drummer  editor, Joseph Bean, concurred when he wrote about the
             “publishing wars” in Drummer 188 (May 1989), the 20  Anniversary Issue:
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                The newly bold gay mags of the mid-1970s scared distributors,
                retailers, and buyers who were a little nervous about them. Many of
                the mags were “macho” gay, a phrase that was no longer oxymoronic
                [as in the 1950s and 1960s] and not yet humorous.

                The humor came later, in 1977, when the Village People debuted their
             first hit, “San Francisco.” The Village People “leatherman,” Glenn Hughes,
             often partied with our Drummer Salon in San Francisco and in our summer
             retreat in Sonoma County. I published a photograph of David Hodo, the
             construction worker from the Village People, in Drummer 30 (June 1979),
             page 7; the caption reading “One David Hodo pic, cuming up! —Editor”
             illustrates that my style guide for Drummer spelled cuming with one u and
             one m, and not as coming, or cumming. After rising triumphant as cum in large
             point in Drummer 121, page 34, the spelling of cum and cuming slipped to
             cumming and then under the Dutch owner Drummer returned to the distinc-
             tive cuming as in Drummer 186, page 6. In the language-shaping world of
             advertising, nearly all video companies whose money is made on cum shots
             have adopted the sexier, raunchier spellings, cum and cuming, as have many
             “wink-wink” leather bar ads inviting customers to “Cum to our beer bust.”
                The use of language in Drummer is addressed in the Gay San Francisco:
             Eyewitness Drummer article: “Homomasculinity: Framing Keywords of
             Queer Popular Culture in Drummer Magazine” from the Queer Keyword
             Conference, University College Dublin, Ireland, April 2005. In the culture
             war over emerging gay vocabulary, it may be worth noting that I headlined
             a “prison punk” feature on the cover of my Drummer 24 (September 1978)
             with the defiant word fag as in “We Abuse Fags!” Vis-a-vis the S&M key-
             words words slave and boy, confer Drummer 174, page 5, for the editorial,
             “The Slavery of Words,” by Graylin Thornton who happened to be both Mr.
             Drummer 1993 and African-American, as well as the actor-producer of the
             film Foucault Who (2002) directed by Wickie Stamps who was the editor of
             Drummer in the mid-1990s.


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