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                                    CHAPTER 16


                              DRUMMER: FIRST VICTIM
                               OF THE CULTURE WAR

                       THE SLAVE AUCTION SPRING OF 1976


                   The Final Word Published in Drummer Ended with .com

                •  Born (Again) to Raise Hell: End-Time Christians vs.
                    Satanic Drummer
                •  The Advocate Prejudice Against Leather Culture and Gay
                    Masculine Identity
                •  Leather Contests: International Mr. Leather (IML) Begets
                    Mr. Drummer
                •  Leather Immigrant: Val Martin, First “Mr. Drummer”
                •  John Embry’s Lover from Spain, Mario Simon: “Evita” as
                    “Mrs. Drummer”
                •  Photographer Lionel Biron: Social Justice, Gay
                    Liberation, and The Advocate
                •  Drummer Stars: JimEd Thompson, Chris Burns, Scott
                    O’Hara

             John Embry was incorrigible. He wouldn’t have changed if we had put a
             horsehead in his bed. Nevertheless, Godfather Embry, out in the La-La-
             Land of LA in 1975, should have paid smarter attention to the enemies and
             allies who were out there doing what amounted to a practicum in the hateful
             queer theory practiced by religious fundamentalists. Embry’s shady behav-
             ior set Drummer up as one of the first victims of the culture-war uprisings
             by 1970s Christian conservatives like Ed Davis, Anita Bryant, John Briggs,
             Pat Robertson, and Jerry Falwell who created his Moral Majority mix of
             church and state in 1979.
                Had he gathered his political wits, Embry could have done leather cul-
             ture a service by rebutting the anti-leather Richard Goldstein at the Village
             Voice, and, in so doing, he might have decided to turn the seventeen-day-old
             Drummer off its own suicidal course of forbidden topics in issues 2, 3, and


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