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
Are we in the middle of a baby boom? Are we in the middle of a "gayby boom?" It seems like there are babies everywhere. Whatever the case, Judy Norsigian, Executive Director of the Our Bodies, Ourselves world reads, signs, and discusses Our Bodies, Ourselves: Pregnancy and Birth, which you should not birth without. At a time in your life when everybody and yes, their mother wants to give you advice, it's probably a good idea to check out what level-headed feminist researchers with medical training have to say, first, and go from there. We're betting they're not going to give you the old "Peasant women used to just squat in the field and then go back to work!" line. Instead, look for reasonable nutrition data, information about choosing a doc, and hopefully, advice for the "He bit my chapped nipple and now I hate him" moments with your little bundle of joy.
Tue., April 29, noon, 2008