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             6, page 14, Embry blasted: “The reason the Democratic Convention is not
             being held in Los Angeles is the instability of its chief of police.”
                Editor-in-chief Jeanne Barney poked jokes at the arresting officers, who
             nicked her at the Slave Auction, because their names were “Peters,” “Bare,”
             and “Gaily” (Drummer 9, page 4). Robert Opel satirized one “E. Davis”
             endorsing Opel’s porno mag, Finger (Drummer 9, page 43); Opel frightened
             the LAPD Vice Squad’s morality enforcement by stirring up the urban leg-
             end that there was, based on the reputations of Fred Halsted (Sextool) as well
             as Roger Earl and Terry Legrand (Born to Raise Hell), a hidden “underground
             gay movie network” in LA shooting porn-sex movies in gay theaters after
             closing time (Drummer 3, page 11); wanting to get a rise out of Davis, Embry
             showcased both those leather S&M films on the first covers of Drummer.

             & THE ADVOCATE

             Beginning with a hardon for  The Advocate, and its publisher, David
             Goodstein who had bought it for $300,000, the insolvent Embry retaliated
             in his first feature after his arrest by Ed Davis in “Drummer Goes to a Slave
             Auction,” Drummer 6, pages 12-14: “the...Advocate was even more inac-
             curate [about the Slave Auction arrest], loading its columns with attacks on
             Southern California Gay leaders and the Leather Community.”
                Embry continued in Drummer 9, page 43, insulting Goodstein in a
             taunting display ad. Blacklisted by The Advocate, Embry created his own
             Blacklist as a response:
                •  Primarily because The Advocate 189 (May 5, 1976) had trashed
             leather culture in Judy Willmore’s “The Great Slave Market Bust,” an article
             that gave Embry no empathy in its cherry-picking of lurid quotes from
             the prejudicial police report; nor did Goodstein’s “Trader Dick” editorial
             column, “D. A. Claims Four Slaves Were Pandering,” and its companion
             piece, “To ‘Free the Slaves’ L. A. Plays Itself. Again,” both in The Advocate
             190, (May 19, 1976).
                •  Secondly because The Advocate, taking vengeful fun fucking with
             Embry, reported on the Slave Auction without once mentioning the com-
             mercial word Drummer; that omission of identity deprived Embry of the free
             publicity and empathy he craved from other gaystream media, such as the
             offbeat Advocate competitor, Gay Times #43, in its sympathetic cover story
             written and photographed by Robert Leighton, who had been present at the
             event: “Free the Slaves: Full Coverage of the L. A. ‘Slave Auction’ Raid and
             Its Aftermath.”

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