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Jack Fritscher              Chapter 16                       391

             fishwrap around his centerfold mail-order catalogue where he made his real
             money selling over-priced cock rings, tit clamps, dildos, and poppers retail
             to subscribers closeted in small American towns. In fact, Embry named
             his business venture “Alternate Publishing” because his first love was not
             Drummer,  but rather his first-intended magazine named  The Alternate
             which he founded specifically to compete with The Advocate. However, The
             Alternate was more Baby June than Gypsy Rose Lee and it never took off.
                Embry was not one of the late-night players at the baths on Folsom
             where Drummer staff and readers were power-fisting Foucault into a higher
             consciousness just to shut him up and make him scream, “Merde!” Foucault
             was fifty-four and French, Embry was forty-nine and bourgeois, and I was
             thirty-six and hustling sex when Drummer debuted in San Francisco where
             Foucault during his tenure in Berkeley had long been a player on Folsom


             Also, at the very moment in March, 1977, when Embry was proposition-
             ing me to become editor of Drummer, I had to consider who Embry was
             and what political and legal mistakes he may have committed, because a
             new Christian Fundamentalist book, The Homosexual Revolution: End-Time
             Abomination, written in 1977 by D. A. Noebel, was fanning the flames
             around the stake at which the onward-marching Christian soldiers like
             Anita Bryant and John Briggs wanted to burn the kind of sinners who would
             publish a cultural occasion of sin such as Drummer.
                What’s the difference between dancing around a May Pole and burning
             at the stake?
                Very specifically aware of the “Satanic” Drummer, Noebel wrote:

                On April 14, 1976, gay community leaders complained about
                the arrest of 40 persons in what police called a sado-masochistic
                slave market [the Drummer Slave Auction]. Captain Jack Wilson
                said the building in which the auction took place was equipped
                with dungeons and cell blocks. In the dungeons were all forms of
                chains and articles of restraint. Mark IV Club [4424 Melrose] was
                maintained by a group calling itself “the Leather Fraternity” [the
                name of Embry’s mail-order club which he owned separately from
                Drummer] as a private club for homosexuals and sado-masochism

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