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             out of football star, Dave Kopay, publisher David Goodstein wrote a very
             naked editorial about his own queasy reaction to Kopay’s homomasculinity.
             His essay was an anxious queen’s Manifesto of Masculine Ickiness published
             exactly one month before the April 10, 1976, Slave Auction raid for which
             The Advocate blamed the victims.
                In his attitude, Los Angeles’ David Goodstein at The Advocate was a
             pair with New York’s Richard Goldstein at the Village Voice. Forgetting
             Stonewall, both demanded politically correct gay behavior. Goodstein’s pub-
             lic statements exposed the 1970s toxic climate of anti-male and anti-leather
             prejudice among the dominant and privileged queen culture promoted by
             The Advocate which presumed its own evangelical and fundamentalist queer
             self was review-proof.
                A reductive banner carried in the 1977 Gay Parade in San Francisco
             exposed the androphobia of the gender war’s insensitivity in ignorantly and
             cruelly lumping gay white males in with straight white males: “No more
             power to white male supremacists straight or gay.” Of course. But Drummer
             in the 1970s was not about the supremacy of anyone’s race or gender; its
             humanist goal was to declare that masculine-identified gay men were equal
             to feminine-identified gay men, to separatist lesbians, and to everyone riding
             the sliding scales of gender.
                In this same Slave Auction Spring of 1976, iconic photographer Lionel
             Biron wrote his eyewitness essay, “The Advocate: Capitalist Manifesto,”
             exposing Goodstein’s own separatist and divisive quotes published in his
             “Invitational Letter” for his “Advocate Invitational Conference” which he
             chaired at the Chicago Hyatt Regency Hotel on March 27, 1976. In Gay
             Sunshine  magazine,  Biron  revealed  the  kind  of  gay  conformity  that the
             assimilationist Goodstein wished to enforce.

                To celebrate his first anniversary as publisher of  The Advocate,
                David Goodstein wrote a controversial article on the Gay Liberation
                Movement in his “Opening Space” column in the January 14th
                [1976] issue of that paper. In the wake of the article, George
                Whitmore, editor of The Advocate Humanities/Literature section,
                resigned. Dave Aiken, David Brill, Arnie Kantrowitz, Vito Russo
                and Allen Young, all regular contributors to The Advocate, joined
                Whitmore in criticizing Goodstein’s column in a letter to the editor
                published in the February 11th issue. The New York Gay Activists
                Alliance [G.A.A.] also responded to the column in the statement,
                “In Defense of the Gay Liberation Movement: An Open Letter to
                David Goodstein and The Advocate,” adopted at its January 22nd

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