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
"Giving thanks to the Creator for our continued resistance and survival" is a big part of the annual Indigenous People's Alcatraz Sunrise Gathering. For example, follow these clips: Feb. 24, 2006, the Las Vegas Sun: "A United Nations' antiracism panel said Friday that it could not yet consider an appeal by an American Indian tribe that the U.S. government stole its ancestral land because the United States has withheld requested information." March 10, 2006, UN report: "The Committee recommends to the State party [the U.S.] that it respect and protect the human rights of the Western Shoshone peoples, without discrimination based on race, color, or national or ethnic origin, in accordance with the Convention." March 7, 2008, UN recommendations report: "Under international law, the Rights recognized for Indigenous Peoples apply to all Indigenous Peoples, whether or not they are 'federally recognized' by the State." Indians for the win! The International Indian Treaty Council was a big part of indigenous Americans' weighing in on the UN's deliberations, so today, on the 40th anniversary of the Indian occupation of Alcatraz, we can see why it's time to give a few thanks. Enjoy Aztec and Pomo dancers and All Nations Drummers, and don't forget to take lots of pictures of the "Indians Welcome" graffiti out there. Ferries leave 4:45-6 a.m.
Thu., Nov. 26, 6 a.m., 2009