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                Drummer is no plastic fantasy. Every issue increasingly reflects what
                our readers want as they send us more of what and where they’re
                coming from: photos they snap, stories and articles they write, art-
                work they draw. Drummer exists by popular demand. Readers need
                their Drummer fix. We can’t come out fast enough. IF DRUMMER
                DIDN’T EXIST, WE’D HAVE TO BE INVENTED.  Drummer’s lucky
                enough to be a distinct medium for a genuine level of popular con-
                sciousness in the gay community. Drummer assures guys it’s okay
                not to be locked into a 21-year-old all-American boy image, because
                our readers (you) are not boys. You’re adult men.

                EVEN BLUEBOYS GET THE COWS

                You prefer hard sex the way you prefer men. You’re not afraid of
                your rich fantasy life. You’re not afraid of actualizing your fantasies.
                You’ve begun to notice that some gay periodicals, like Blueboy, are
                little more than soft-focus clones from erotic-photo mail-order cata-
                logs. Drummer has always had a different, harder beat. Drummer
                isn’t Vogue in butch drag. Drummer is increasingly a voice of a now
                less-closeted part of gay society. Drummer is a forum for men who
                enjoy authentic S&M Sensuality and Mutuality.
                    We want to touch the way you really are “after dark.” When
                you’ve gone beyond the pretty-baby stage, you want articles, inter-
                views, and fiction that stroke your head. We’re not the last word on
                gay pop culture; but we’re the first, and we’re working to be the best.
                We dare to publish attitudes others repress. First, because you want
                our point of view which we picked up from you. Second, because
                certain subjects need to be printed to give full dimension to the
                genuinely alternate ways of being an adult, masculine, gay man in
                this country at this time.


                DRUMMER IS AGGRESSIVE

                Just you mention Drummer in a roomful of guys. You’ll get a heavy
                feedback of attitude. They either love us or hate us. They either
                understand us (meaning themselves) or they refuse to understand
                us (again, meaning themselves). Some of them have every issue
                from Number One. Some of them wouldn’t let Drummer sully their
                art-deco coffee tables. But lots of them interestingly enough, are
                closet Drummer boys: they keep their secret copy of our latest issue
                hidden handily under the bed next to the grease, the poppers, and
                the clothes pins.

                YOU ARE OUR VOICE: YOU “OUT” THE POPULAR IN POP CULTURE

               ©Jack Fritscher, Ph.D., All Rights Reserved—posted 03-14-2017
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