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             Pioneers, which he opened up to every possible diverse political voice. In
             2014, he conducted a two-hour interview in San Francisco about my work
             at Drummer; and nearly a year later, we took supper together in Santa Rosa
             with Mark Hemry, and Steven mentioned in his dignified and soft-spoken
             voice, that, without losing his larger humanist principles, he had evolved
             inclusively, away from the hot topics of the primal separatism of his early
             days as a pioneer member of the Gay Liberation Front in 1969 and a founder
             of Effeminism in 1973. Such philosophical conversations between friends
             who can differ and evolve without personal animosity is one of the reasons
             being an inclusive humanist seems existentially more open than being either
             a feminist or a masculinist.
                In Drummer 115 (April 1988), Anthony DeBlase continued Mel Brooks’
             anti-Nazi camp when he published a full-page ad picturing a uniformed
             German with riding crop and tall boots disciplining a floored Drummer
             reader. Soliciting subscriptions, the tag line read with the stereotypic com-
             edy accent, “You Vill [sic] Read Drummer.”
                A classified ad on page 53 in Drummer 123 (September 1988) revealed
             how one man, among many, eroticized history that may have frightened him
             as a child: “Leather Nazi, 38, 5’ 8,” seeks same or redneck cop type. Heavy-
             duty Nazi conversation. Fucking around. Relationship....Concord CA.”
                In Drummer 147 (March 1991), two of the worst-written “Nazi S&M
             stories” in the history of the world were published by DeBlase: “Hot Poker”
             by Jeff Kincaid illustrated with a Nazi drawing by the All-American Etienne,
             and “Dance Master” by DeBlase himself writing as Fledermaus.
                Drummer 169 (November 1993) featured Nazi uniforms and concen-
             tration-camp still photographs from Falcon’s The Abduction Series.
                In Manifest Reader 15 (1991), Embry, continuing to merchandise the
             underground S&M lust around Nazi uniforms and dominance, featured a
             Nazi on the dramatic cover. The color photograph of two blond men, one
             wearing a Nazi uniform, was from the gay video, The Abduction. Embry’s
             reviewer John F. Karr, even while fluttering over the eroticism of Aryan
             beefcake, tried to make his dick stand politically correct, writing on page 89:
             “MR [Manifest Reader] is sure to hear from some who believe its Abduction
             cover is peopled by Nazis. The uniforms are more in the tradition of The
             Student Prince.”
                And the Brown Shirts are more in the tradition of the Boy Scouts....
                Tom of Finland told me on his first visit to the United States that,
             despite his teenage conscience, he was so fascinated by Nazis that he could
             not stop drawing them because, he said, “They had the sexiest uniforms.”
             Romancing  them  with  his  pencil  in  single  frames  and  storyboards,  he

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