Entries in Historical Homos (21)
It's time to take a stroll down memory lane as we check out this 1967 CBS documentary titled "The Homosexuals." Before Stonewall and gay pride, and way before Folsom Street, America got a glimpse into the dirty queer underbelly of society. What did they learn? Among other things, that the average homosexual is 27, college educated, and unable to hold a job because of his sexual inclinations. Maybe things haven't changed that much after all. [via UB]
This is a vintage ad from the late 70s for Jun & Ropé, a Japanese designer who these days makes a lot of patterny tennis skirts and things. It features Lauren Hutton being fabulous but talking a bunch of nonsense the Japanese probably didn't understand. And then there's Richard Avedon, who's just running around being fussy and ordering the other homosexuals around. [Hat tip: Rose et Ridé]
We're actually not sure what year this was shot... possibly before 1990, but it was on the occasion of the 6th anniversary of the Pyramid Club in the East Village. Backstage in the dressing room is legendary club promoter Susanne Bartsch, and around the 1:00 mark Billy Beyond wanders in and there's kisses all around. The Pyramid Club was was of course a huge center of the drag scene throughout the 80s, and saw Lypsinka retiring at least two or three times. We only wish we were awesome enough to be able to identify more of these queens. Perhaps you'll do us the honor in the comments. Cheers... and don't you love shit from the archives like this?
Last year we saw a collection of great covers from vintage gay adult fiction of the 50s and 60s via a site called Gay on the Range. And now a Tumblr called Retrogasm has taken up the cause, and we can't get enough. The taglines are really what do it for us. Below, a few more, including some obviously classic lezzie novels like Women of Beaver Mountain. [via WOW]
In connection with this party, which will feature some archival video and historical audio about San Francisco's very gay recent history, we bring you this awesome video, which contains a series of stories by a local news station in L.A. circa 1981 on the booming gay scene in S.F. (and gays in L.A. too). The interviewer, an M.D., chats with some proud homos about why they're homos, and what it all means, shoots some awesome footage inside the now long gone I-Beam nightclub, and goes to a rockin' lesbian coffeehouse for folk night.
"I like big muscles and red corpuscles, I love a beautiful hunka man..." (From Gentlemen Prefer Blondes.)
P.S. Half the homosexuals in Hollywood in the 50s are in this number.
This is what our 80s playlist greeted us with on our iPod alarm this morning, and it's been years since we've heard it. Ironically, given the song lyrics, YouTube informs us that Jermaine Stewart died of AIDS in 1997. And this video would certainly provide clear evidence of what a big 'mo he was. Just look at his dance moves, and how he can barely keep a straight face when that girl gets close to him at 2:15.
Below, the even more homosexual video for "Get Lucky," featuring much leather and tight jeans.
You all know Michaelangelo was a big 'mo right? Just take one look at David and tell us the man who spent years on that shit wasn't into pecs and ass. An academic in Italy is now speculating that Michaelangelo actually took direct inspiration for all the nude male figures in one of his Sistine Chapel frescoes from frequent visits to the Turkish baths in Rome.
And we quote:
Elena Lazzarini, a researcher from Pisa University, believes the enormous fresco is replete with homosexual imagery, including a man being dragged into Damnation by his testicles and kisses and embraces between male figures. She has explored the theory in a new book, claiming that Michelangelo drew much of his knowledge of male anatomy from his frequent visits to gay brothels and 'Turkish baths' in 16th century Italy.
A 1926 Irving Kauffman song, "Masculine Women! Feminine Men!" Yes, kids, this ditty is 84 years old. [Hat tip: J. DeRuy]
San Francisco filmmakers Michael Stabile (formerly the founding editor of The Sword) and Ben Leon (formerly of Raging Stallion Studios) just made a documentary short that they're pimping to the festival circuit called The Smut Capital of America. San Francisco, you see, was the birthplace of hardcore pornography, and during the brief, shining moment of 1968 to 1972, porn theaters blossomed all over the city as downtrodden movie houses, already in decline from their post-war heyday, flipped over and became porn theaters, both gay and straight. California Senator Dianne Fienstein launched her political career and got elected to the Board of Supervisors (later becoming Mayor after the assassinations of George Moscone and Harvey Milk) on an anti-porn platform, crusading against the smut that was infiltrating every corner of San Francisco.
Behold this trailer, for the little known 1970 "gay erotic thriller" A Deep Compassion, which promises to be an "epic of Biblical proportions!" but is really just an early rape-fantasy flick. The best part: it features a blind, blond twink who like to read his braile books by the Victrola, until someone decides to "have a little fun" and ass-rape him.
YouTuber LBColby has been dutifully ripping and posting all the seasons of Dynasty and The Colbys as they come out on DVD, and he's put together a handy 16-part set of videos that covers just the pioneering gay love story between Steven Carrington (Jack Coleman) and his lover Luke Fuller (William Campbell). Today we bring you a piece of the finale of that series, in which Steven and Luke sit down for a very 80s meal in their pastel-colored polo shirts. And it tickles us to think that "deep sea fishing" was supposed be some sort of double entendre.
EARLIER: The Ballad of Luke and Steven
Washington D.C. couple Bob Davis, 89, and Henry Schalizki, 89 met in 1942, later crossed paths again, and have now been together for 60 years. They just got hitched this past weekend. And they're terribly cute. "It's been a long engagement," says Bob. Yah. [Queerty]
Today on BUTT -- whose website is still kicking even though the print mag may be dead, temporarily or no -- there's a terrific mini-review of 1972 gay porn cult classic Bijou, directed by Wakefield Poole. In it, a "straight" construction worker takes a trippy, balletic, naked romp through a psychedelic sex club called Bijou, which takes its name probably from the sex club and theater of the same name in Chicago, which later spawned Bijou Video. It sounds awesomely awesome, complete with big pink statues with penises coming backwards (head first) out of their mouths. We are now determined to find a copy.
Actor, cabaret performer, and comedian Steve Hayes (you may recall him as Perry in Trick) is an aging homosexual with a New England accent and huge DVD collection he'd like to share with the YouTube-verse. We just discovered him and this recent little discussion he did of the 1948 noir flick The Big Clock via JoeMyGod. He's no Two Tickets to the Movies, but sometimes we like to listen to old queens prattle on about things they clearly love.