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             collect their own leather pop-culture archive of hard copies of authoritative
             publications for the kind of topics, themes, and fact-checking suitable for
             emerging gay journalism, gay studies, and GLBT archives.

                    SOME EYEWITNESS REFERENCE DOCUMENTS
                                     FOR THE 1970S:
                          SOME “GLBT REQUIRED READING”

                •  Look magazine (January 10, 1967)) in its Special Issue, “The
             American Man,” published Jack Star’s gay history, “The Sad ‘Gay’ Life of
             the Homosexual,” with a photograph by Douglas Jones, featuring a close-
             up face of a leatherman wearing a leather cap decorated with bike run pins
             reading “Badger Flats 1966”and “Recon Annual Run May 7.” As a note of
             my own archeology into our lost civilization, as well as a measure of how
             GLBT culture often fails to dig for its roots, this mention of this particular
             issue of Look is fairly much the first mention ever (that I know of) in any
             GLBT coverage of gay history. This seemed also the case of the once-and-
             oft forgotten feature, “Homosexuality in America,” Life magazine, June 26,
             1964, which, after I first referenced it in Drummer in my feature obituary,
             “Artist Chuck Arnett,” Drummer 134 (October 1989), has since been cited
             endlessly as a commonplace fact, which, of course, is the reward for us pre-
             internet writers unearthing lost treasure for future researchers in what has
             become the gay history business.
                • Harper’s (July 1975), the same month as Goldstein published his screed,
             and the first month that the first issue of Drummer was on the newsstands,
             featured the cover story “Masculinity: Wraparound Presents 60 Points of
             View.” Perhaps this article was Harper’s penance for its hateful September,
             1970, cover story, “Homo/Hetero: The Struggle for Sexual Identity,” written
             by Joseph Epstein, a straight anti-pop-culturist, who declared two months
             after Stonewall, “If I had the power to do so, I would wish homosexuality
             off the face of this earth.”
                • Time (September 8, 1975), two months after Goldstein and three
             months after Drummer 1, published the famously patriotic cover of Leonard
             Matlovich, “I Am a Homosexual: The Gay Drive for Acceptance.” The
             good-hearted HIV-positive Matlovich, cannibalized by fund-raising carni-
             vores in the gay community demanding his time and money and publicity,
             was driven to an early grave at age forty-five in 1988.
                • Muscle Builder/Power (December/January 1976) published an edito-
             rial by Armand Tanny, “The Male: An Endangered Species.” The well-
             reasoned humanist Tanny argued for male emancipation from stereotypes


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