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
At last year’s BYOQ (Bring Your Own Queer), a cute stranger taught us how to booty bounce against the stage of Golden Gate Park’s historical Bandshell Pavilion. We are now convinced the bandshell is meant solely for glitter-loads of hot queers and their allies. BYOQ is an all-day festival that celebrates queer organizations, bike doctors, electronic musicians, DJs, and performance artists in a space where queers aren’t likely to congregate. In the past, BYOQ was (amazingly) organized by one person, but now it has back up from the likes of Hard French, Honey Soundsystem, Darling Nikki, Dial Up, Faetopia, and more, so expect today’s event to be bigger and queerer than ever. Adding to the festivities are the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence, Celeste Chan, Ali Liebegott, Jiggalicious Dance Babes, and Queers for Gears. If the music is as fearless as last year’s, prepare to cut a rug at this party with neighborhood flavor. DJs and musicians Edaj, Adonisaurus, Carrie Morrison, and Darling Gunsel tend to your ears and work your bodies.
Sat., Sept. 15, noon, 2012