The Obsessive Photographer Behind America's First Gay Magazine

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The Obsessive Photographer Behind America's First Gay Magazine

Daniel Wenger of the New Yorker magazine writes:

Given Mizer’s Greek-warrior fixation, it’s tempting to think of him as one early source of the “body fascism” for which contemporary gay-male culture is often maligned. But Mizer didn’t seem to harbor animosity for “sissies”; his hatred was for the world’s hatred, and he used physical fitness as a tool of survival in perniciously polite society. Mizer’s achievement, as a photographer and a publisher, was to take the standards of male beauty as they existed and prove that gay men could satisfy them, and be satisfied by them, too.

We couldn't agree more.  Thanks so much for helping us in our mission Daniel!  Read the full article on the New Yorker Magazine website.