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Jack Fritscher              Chapter 12                       301

                When Abbie Hoffman and six other radicals were arrested for incit-
             ing a riot at the Convention, the whole country followed the trial of “The
             Chicago Seven” which ran, parallel with the rising post-Stonewall effect,
             from September 1969 to February 1970. As detailed in Gay San Francisco:
             Eyewitness Drummer, I responded with an essay titled “The Chicago Seven:
             Art, Politics, and Revolution” for my monthly column in Dateline Colorado
             (March 1970), the diocesan newspaper edited by my intimate friend, the
             Catholic priest and leatherman, Jim Kane. Seventy days later, only eleven
             months after the police attack at Stonewall, as the 1960s revolution entered
             1970s liberation, the National Guard fired their army rifles into a student
             anti-war demonstration at Kent State University, killing four and wound-
             ing nine.
                I mention this background to suggest a revolutionary context for what
             soon would emerge as  Drummer: That wild 1968 was a formative year
             because our youth culture of open-mindedness, sex, protest, drugs, and
             freedom inspired the 1969 uprising at Stonewall and the 1970s Golden Age
             of Leather.
                Wanting to play in the international sex and revolution scene, I took off
             for Europe, May 1, 1969, International Workers Day, and the Celtic feast
             of Beltane.
                Six weeks later, drag queens fueled by bootstrap feminism, outed their
             “don’t-fuck-with-me selves” at Stonewall. Leathermen also acted up in those
             running battles those hot nights around Stonewall, declaring their own
             “don’t-fuck-with-me masculine identity” to be valid.
                In the leather bars of the 1960s and 1970s, it was as if a “new gender”
             for men was emerging within the gay culture previously dominated by sissy
             archetypes that, while legitimate in themselves, needed diversifying. As drag
             queens needed to out their identity to be their type of feminine, so did
             masculine-identified gay men need to come out of the closet for their own
             right to identify as their kind of masculine.
                This was the gender polarity as the 1960s became the 1970s. I refer-
             enced this exciting tension in my effeminate fiction, “Stonewall, June 27,
             11 PM, 1969,” the lead story in Harrington Gay Men’s Literary Quarterly,
             Volume 8, Issue 1, 2007, edited by Thomas Lawrence Long, Ph.D., with the
             theme, “Nature Is a Continual Drag Show.” The story was also published in
             the Stonewall Rebellion fortieth-anniversary anthology, Stonewall: Stories of
             Gay Liberation.
                While the famous Kinsey Scale accepts the entire range of all hetero-
             sexual and homosexual identities, why do some feminist gay males for their
             own reasons despise masculinity, even in themselves, which seems to others

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