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             have long respected, writing his consideration, “What Is this Thing called
             S&M?” To his credit, John Embry in his publisher’s column in Drummer 9
             (October 1979) took Blueboy publisher Don Embinder to task for misrepre-
             senting leather and S&M in that issue.
                • The Advocate 238 (December 1979) showcased Pat (Patrick) Califia
             authoring “A Secret Side of Lesbian Sexuality” which connected to Drummer
             through Samois, the Society of Janus, and the Catacombs. I had already
             published the Samois hanky code in Drummer 31 (September 1979).
                • New York Magazine (June 25, 1979) published Philip Nobile’s exhila-
             rating cover story, “The Meaning of Gay: an Interview with Dr. C. A. Tripp”
             just as homomasculinity exploded to the surface in Drummer. Author Tripp,
             who finished the recently deceased Kinsey’s work in The Homosexual Matrix
             stood four-square against born-again homophobes. Dripping with creden-
             tials, Nobile reinforced my archetype of homomasculinity in  Drummer
             when he wrote this essential statement in New York Magazine, page 37:

                50 percent of all [straight and gay] young boys eroticize male
                attributes...90  percent  of  homosexuals  show  no  effeminacy...fur-
                thermore, a great many people involved in homosexuality are the
                opposite of what the layman would expect, meaning that they are
                macho males of the truck driver-cowboy-lumberjack variety....Those
                he-man types place great emphasis on maleness and male values—and
                thus have an extraordinary tendency to eroticize male attributes, which
                is, after all, what most male homosexuality is all about. [Italics added.]

                Continuing to write for Drummer over the years, I also kept:

                • The Advocate 472 (May 12, 1987) made unusual amends with leather
             culture in the feature essay by Scott Tucker, “Raw Hide: The Mystery and
             Power of Leather,” pages 40-49. In the evolution of BDSM in gay popular
             culture, butch covers that were once singular to Drummer began to appear
             on one or two covers of The Advocate in the first decade of the twenty-first
             century. However, after leather photographer Robert Mapplethorpe died, I
             had to browbeat The Advocate into putting that most world-famous of gay
             men and gay leathermen on the cover as their “Person of the Year” as 1990,
             the very high-profile year of the Mapplethorpe scandal, was turning into
             1991 when the issue on the stands was The Advocate, December 18, 1990.
                According to then  Advocate  editor Mark Thompson, my  pressure
             ignited an internal fight at The Advocate which, in the end was a fight I won
             for Robert. Even so, queens being what we are, the cover photo which was

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