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
Stardate Feb. 22, 1975: It's Northern California's first Star Trek convention, held at Lincoln High School in San Francisco. The long lines, crowded rooms, and boisterous reception for guests George Takei (Sulu) and James Doohan (Scotty) surprise everyone, including the organizers. A series of locally produced conventions follow. It's the birth of an obsession, all lovingly chronicled in Tom Wyrschs Back to SpaceCon. The hopeful outlook of Trekkies here always respectfully referred to as Trekkers has long been a joke to many. We see one young man interviewed at length who has legally changed his name to James T. Kirk, and plenty of others on the same wavelength. Admitting to being a Star Trek fan was like coming out of the closet, says one person, completely without irony. Yet Wyrschs film, which consists largely of home-movie footage of the various conventions, shows how these gatherings are full of a gawky enthusiasm that has vanished from the online fandom of today. No snark, no sarcasm, just joy at meeting fellow enthusiasts. Also pleasant to note is the lack of commercialism. Sure, the rooms were full of dealers, but most of what we see being dealt in Back to SpaceCon are fans wearing their delightful handmade props, souvenirs, and costumes. This trend continued after 1977 when the success of Star Wars brought in a new wave of fans with homemade Wookie outfits and the like. The end of this glorious period was, however, nigh. The day came when a convention was flooded with representatives of George Lucas, and only licensed Star Wars merchandise could be sold. The original conventions ended shortly thereafter. The 1980s had arrived, and the dream was over.
Thu., April 14, 7 p.m., 2011