While they often presented themselves as bodybuilders’ publications, their chuckle-prompting titles — Torso, Adonis, Honcho, Mandate — didn’t lie. Gay men’s magazines of decades past were bought by gay men who wanted to look at the erotic illustrations of well- built male bodies therein. Because any- one known to possess such material in the homophobic 1950s and 1960s could experience serious consequences, men hid the magazines under their mat- tresses. These illustrations have now inspired a traveling exhibition, Stroke: From Under the Mattress to the Museum Wall. Curated by notable erotic artist Robert W. Richards and orig- inating at the Leslie-Lohman Museum of Gay and Lesbian Art, the popular show contains 24 original illustrations that ap- peared in gay magazines from the 1950s to the 1990s. It also looks at how gay men, forced into the closet during those decades, used these pictures to explore their sexuality intimately. It additionally serves as a showcase for the artists in- volved. On view are works by two dozen top artists of the times, including Touko Laaksonen (Tom of Finland), Antonio Lopez (Antonio), and David Martin.More
Forces beyond our control conspired to keep us from telling you about the Lyon-Martin Fundraiser. OpenOffice tried to hack us to death with a meat cleaver, for example. Our new blog, the Exhibitionist, ate our brain. Municipal commissions moved very, very slowly. Our phone broke, and as of this writing still refuses to even dial out. Egos tripped. But we wouldn't be deterred from telling you that the local clinic dedicated to women's and transgendered people's health is getting a benefit! It's one of many such events, because people around here aren't about to let a vital health clinic for the super-underserved go away. Drag scenesters Anna Conda, Sister Roma, and Dean Disaster host a beer bust, raffle, and drag show; We look forward to the day when health care is a right, not a privilege, they say on their Facebook page, but until then we continue to help those in need.
Sun., Feb. 13, 3 p.m., 2011