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Grecian Guild built sense of community for gay men

March 08, 2016
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H. Lynn Womack was at a turning point in his young life. Very little about Womack was easy to ignore. He was rotund and known for his voracious appetite and booming laugh. Womack was an albino, his hair a glistening white from a young......

Warhol films celebrated beauty of the mundane

March 01, 2016
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At the same time photographer and filmmaker Bob Mizer’s empire expanded and embraced nudity in front of the lens at his L.A. compound, on the other side of the country, pop artist Andy Warhol’s fame also grew. Next year will mark the......

DSI trial preceded Supreme Court’s 1968 obscenity ruling

February 24, 2016
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Although most followers of media law are familiar with the U.S. Supreme Court’s landmark 1968 ruling in Ginsburg v. New York that nudity in art could not be ruled obscene, one court case in the late 1960s also had the attention......

Spoiled Beauty - Jim Paris

February 19, 2016
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Jim Paris was one of the Athletic Model Guild’s most popular models in the 1960s. When Jim Paris first appeared at the AMG gate on Valentine’s Day 1964 he told Bob Mizer he was 18. He was actually only 17. Born in......

Bob Mizer on: Daily Life

February 05, 2016
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Found rat in pool & put him in a cage – -- Bob Mizer, Personal Journal, June 16, 1963...

Bob Mizer on: Your Inviolable Castle

January 22, 2016
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“Even the most timorous feels that if he will stay in his own home and mind his own business, that there at least he will be snug and secure. But there are certain insidious groups at work in our country who don’t agree, rather they......

Pudgy Stockton: Buff Belle of the Beach

January 19, 2016
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Unlike obese men nicknamed ‘Slim’ or tall men nicknamed ‘Shorty,’ Abbye Eville’s nickname in childhood was anything but ironic. The girl who would later become Abbye Stockton earned the nickname ‘Pudgy’ for her rolls of baby......

Magazines provided risky outlet of desire for closeted gay men

January 12, 2016
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In the 1940s and 1950s, there existed a group of men who were both excited and fearful when they made the trek to the mailbox every day. "Had the magazine arrived that day? Did the mail carrier suspect anything? What about my wife? Or the......