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
In case you've been TaskRabbiting your way through life and haven't had the chance to leave the micro-loft to stroll the alleys and streets of central San Francisco, the number of homeless tent encampments in town is approaching epic levels — as in Hooverville and Great Depression levels.
Hey, Proud Marys! We know all year is your time to shine, but this weekend is when you exhaust yourself with fabulousness, deplete yourself with joy, and blow your wad with opportunity. You just completed another queer year and you must congratulate yourself with some marching, dance parties, and an absolutely gigantic parade surrounding the LGBT Pride Celebration. Friday, get thee to the Trans March and celebrate the magic of our transsexual selves and comrades. Socialize and sip a kombucha or whatever. Later check out Unofficial: The Original Plumbing Trans Pride Party. The event presented by the trans lifestyle mag features local faves DJ Rapid Fire and DJ Bunnystyle along with hot-'n'-heavy go-go dancers and all the cruising you can take. Saturday is the Dyke March at Dolores Park; every dyke-loving gender is welcome at the park, then the gentlemen are asked to step aside and offer support as the gals march up to the Castro. Saturday evening is the Gaypocalypse afterparty at Sub-Mission, a mash-up of wicked fun clubs Party Hole, Stay Gold, Ships in the Night and Hella Gay. Today, mount up for the big one. The queers-of-all-stripes (including our good friends the asexuals) big parade on Market Street will feature classic contingents such as Dykes on Bikes, Mykes on Bikes, PFLAG (keep your rainbow hanky handy), and all sorts of queers you didn't know existed. Allow your heart to swell, then head to Civic Center and grab some lumpia and freedom rings while you catch the gay acts on the main stage. Tonight among the incredible closing parties is Hard French at Public Works, featuring hot NOLA bounce queen Big Freedia, Erase Errata, Oakland dirty rappers Hottub, and a slew of hot queer DJs spread over six rooms. Juanita More's infamous pool party, this year at Chambers Eat+Drink (formerly the Bambuddha Lounge at the Phoenix Hotel), always boasts amazing DJs and, duh, a pool. You can't go wrong, people. Do it up, and you'll have a full year to sleep it off.
June 24-26, 2011