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
Producer, writer, and activist who produced shows like All in the Family, Sanford and Son, and Maude, is awarded the 2016 Freedom of Expression Award after a screening of the new documentary Norman Lear: Just Another Version of You.More
At the main festival ground on Saturday July 23rd and Sunday July 24th at Fort Mason Center, we welcome many celebrities from Japan, including WORLD ORDER, Silent Siren, Wednesday Campanella, GARNiDELiA, Mitz Mangrove, and many more, and we will also host a variety of events, including J-POP LIVE concerts, Meet & Greet sessions, Q&A with special guests, Interactive Summit, Travel Pavilion, Ramen & Sake Summit, dance, karaoke,cosplay and'J-POP Queen' drag contests.More
Typical long-range thinking about climate change finds the Earth, at some tipping point in the future, bursting into flame, with everybody on it dying in an apocalyptic freak show produced by Michael Bay. But in the book Forecast: The Consequences of Climate Change, journalist Stephan Faris smartly points out that climate change, from the Amazon to the Arctic, from Darfur to Napa Valley, already contributes to a variety of current political and lifestyle problems. Take insurance premiums: Theyre going through the roof for Key West coastal homeowners, displacing the middle class. Political chaos? Faris writes how the genocide in Darfur has ecological roots in drought and desertification, and he finds that fascistic movements in Italy and Britain are using African emigration to bolster their racist platforms. The impact of climate change on a country is analogous to the effect of hunger on a person," he writes. "If a starving man is shot while stealing a piece of bread, you wouldnt say he died because he didnt eat. But hunger played a role in his death.
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