Saturday, August 31, 2013

Buddies!



Asshole Buddies Special featured 100 pages of all-color fun between some hairy and handsome gents.  With stars like Nick Rodgers, J.W. King, Clay Russel, Steve York, Leo Ford, and Lee Brubaker it certainly had plenty of talent to go around. 
 
Above: Talk about being stuck between a rock and a hard place! That looks to be none other than famed cockmaster Nick Rodgers doing a fine job of giving his hiking buddy a thick hard bone.  Take Nick's dick!

Since this is all-color (earlier publications were mostly black and white because color was still very costly), looks to be pre-condom, and based upon the stars included, our guess is that this was an early 1980's release. 

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

"When Evil Shows Its Face You Have to Answer"

For decades, one saving grace in the media who has not been afraid to speak his mind has been Harvey Fierstein. The gravel-voiced actor created the play and film Torch Song Trilogy, which he wrote and starred in.  The production won him two Tony Awards, for Best Play and Best Actor in a Play.  But he was only getting started.  Mr. Fierstein also wrote the book for La Cage aux Folles. During the horror that was AIDS as it ripped through society and created mass-homophobia, Harvey was a man with the courage to fight back against the hatred.  Recently, Fierstein completed the book for a stage musical version of the film Kinky Boots with music and lyrics by Cyndi Lauper.    And as we've seen this past week, he continues to be a beacon of common sense.  As already indicated, we're witnessing significant gay history in the making. What's a VGMH point to consider, is that even well-intended folks like Chris Hayes (story below) may have the best of intentions based upon the cozy straight shoes that they fill, but they miss the severity of what is happening. Have you ever been fired for being gay?  Have you gone to sleep worrying about getting outed?  Do you have to live a lie daily to keep you children from being taken from you?  Have you even worried about being attacked because you are queer?  What if people watched as you got beaten and took pics but didn't help?
 


Gay playwright calls out Chris Hayes for dismissing LGBT boycott of Russian Olympics (via Raw Story )

Tony award-winning actor and playwright Harvey Fierstein slammed MSNBC host Chris Hayes on Wednesday over the way “All In with Chris Hayes” dismissed proposed boycotts of the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia over the country’s draconian anti…



Sunday, August 25, 2013

TEACHING HATRED IN 2013 Looks a Lot Like 1936


A VGMH Editorial: For two weeks in August 1936, Adolf Hitler's Nazi dictatorship thinly-camouflaged its racist, anti-gay hatreds while hosting the Summer Olympics for the world.  Instead of standing up against hatred, countries went along.  That could never happen again, right?   For many observers, it seems to be happening again right now.
 
This has been an especially unsettling month in gay history for the world.  A Soviet-era Russian leader has once again used homosexuality as a diversion to blame for the economic problems of his government's policies.  Add to that a world population that's become tired of foreign wars, their own internal economic hardships, and a lack of world leaders with the ability or inclination to stand up.  Dump on top of all of that a corporate culture that has lots of financial interests in the Olympics happening without controversy, and frankly, we have an historic pivoting point. The question to be answered is, will the free world's leaders stand up and say that discriminating against gays is wrong and their countries will boycott the Russian Olympics, unless they are moved them elsewhere?  We'll have to wait and see.

Having rejected a proposed boycott of the 1936 Olympics, the United States and other western democracies missed the opportunity to take a stand that—a stand that some observers at the time claimed—might have given Hitler pause and bolstered international resistance to Nazi crimes against minorities. With the conclusion of the Games, Germany's expansionist policies and the persecution/murder of "enemies of the state" accelerated, culminating in World War II and the Holocaust. Let's never forget that gays were a part of the Holocaust, too.
Gay-rights activist Svyatoslav Sheremet (on ground) is attacked in Kyiv. http://www.refworld.org/docid/5073cc7023.html

History is littered with examples of how social institutions
(such as governments, churches, schools, or ethnic communities) have successfully convinced their publics that gays and other minorities deserve to be discriminated against.  And the first step in that educational process is to teach the public that these branded 'deviants' are not worthy of even being considered humans like the rest of society, which is a process known as dehumanization.  

The dehumanization of a targeted group of people takes many forms.  The process itself can be by referring to them in non-human animals/beast references, it can be verbal abuse, and oftentimes it can be not allowing the minority group the same legal rights as everyone else enjoys.  There's no guilt involved, because "we" are not like "them" and so if everyone agrees that "they" are a plague on society, then it's okay to do harm against them because they deserve it. 


It's purpose is to stigmatize the victim and simultaneously allow the rest of society a way out for their wrongful actions--and sadly it's worked too-many times.   The Nazis did not invent dehumanization-- they just applied it very effectively to a public that was looking for someone to blame for their economic hardships.  And amazingly, the systematic dehumanization of gays appears to be happening right now in the increasingly homophobic Russia.
 
Pink triangle worn by a man accused of being gay by the Nazis during the Holocaust.The Nazis intended this to be a symbol of shame and an easy way to identify homosexuals.

Upon the rise of Adolf Hitler, gay men were targeted by the Nazi Party and were ultimately among Holocaust victims. Beginning in 1933, gay organizations were banned, scholarly books about homosexuality were burned, and homosexuals within the Nazi Party itself who were not high enough up on the ladder were murdered by their piers. 


Now fast-forward to current Russia, where it's reported that the Deputy General Director of the Russian State Television and Radio Broadcasting Company, Dmitri Kisilev recently dehumanized gays on a very popular (and very government-operated) television program.

Dmitri's commented "I think that just imposing fines on gays for homosexual propaganda among teenagers is not enough. They should be banned from donating blood, sperm. And their hearts, in case of the automobile accident, should be buried in the ground or burned as unsuitable for the continuation of life."


Let's revisit that last statement's "[...]buried in the ground or burned as unsuitable for the continuation of life."  and consider what exactly is being implied.  Perhaps even more horrific, it's reported that the studio audience applauded after Kisilev's comments. 


There have been increasing numbers of attacks on gays by far-right “thugs” which many suspect are in cahoots with the Russian authorities.  There's the recent blocking of adoptions of Russian children by any country that recognizes marriage equality for gay couples. 

And now there's the passage of a new law that makes anything and everything which might be considered gay illegal in Russia.  Even suggesting the equality of gay and traditional relationships can be viewed as violating the ban on promoting “non-traditional sexual relationships.”

But what troubles many, both inside and outside of Russia, have been some of the tepid responses of voices that should be outraged enough to stand up and do something, but at least so-far haven't.  One positive sign is that world leaders are being pushed by freedom groups and citizens who have become vocal against this outrage.

Thanks to history, we know that it's times when political bullies don't face harsh consequences from their counterparts around the world that nightmares at home can grow out of control, when discrimination can become something more serious and sinister.  

We are living right now in both a time of amazing progress and frightning abuse.  Noteworthy gay history, both good and bad, is being made daily.  Please stay tuned.









Saturday, August 17, 2013

Summer Reading

It sounds crazy, but there was actually a time when people had to read  paper books.  And ain't it just like a darn dame...getting all clingy and cuddly and possesive, when all this rugged suspenders jockey wants from her is a nice smoke and a drink?  Honey, maybe he just ain't into you?  Perhaps he wants to go see Rock Hudson in "One Way Street" or spend some quality time with his best bud playing pool shooting balls at the tavern.  Published back in 1950, this cover model is hunka-hunka-hot in a smoldering tough-guy sorta way.  The cover got our attention, which no doubt was the intention.  So VGMH wants to know exactly what was the man was saying "no" to in the title of this pulp fiction?  That's what makes it a summertime mystery that we have to read it in order it to find out!  Of course if we had our way, he would be saying "yes!" to some athletic Navy man with a short blonde crew cut and white bell bottoms...but that's just the way we roll here aty VGMH.   
Looks like this treasure-trailed troubadour can't wait to rip off his robe and get busy dancing to some bongo-booty tunes!  This 1967 book cost a hefty 95 cents back then, so it had better have been good reading.  Maybe they could have splured on a few more colors for the cover, so the guy in the tidy whities in the background didn't have the same color hair as the mystery man's belt?  In any event, we're sure everything came out ok in the end.

And speaking about ends...Hopefully this July issue of After Dark was still laying around some body's coffee table in August of 1975 to be enjoyed.  This was definitely a keeper for the bathroom.  OK, so there may be some really good reading inside, but honestly the only thing we're paying attention to is that gent's wonderful sun-kissed legs and his beautiful white buns.  Bravo to Shirley Maclaine for a career that would lkeep her in the spotlight in 2013's Downton Abbey!  Whoever #14 was in the crimson red jersey, you have a place here at VGMH forever.






Saturday, August 10, 2013

Wade Nichols


 


Born in 1946, it's widely believed that Wade Nichols' first feature film role was in 1975's Boynapped!  (which despite the title of the movie, actually referred to an adult college-aged man played by Michael Hardwick).   Wade also went by the name Dennis Parker and made his mark in both mainstream and adult(both gay and straight) entertainment.  
Wade (right) with Michael

What's immediately obvious with the opening credits is that Boynapped! actually had a very talented cast, including future AVN Hall of Fame winner Jamie Gillis (credited as James Rugman), who joins Nichols and Dwane Carter in this film that's filled with the face fucking and anal abusing of Michael Hardwick‘s character.  

Jamie (left) watches as Wade face fucks Michael Hardwick's mouth
In retrospect, we know that these two actors would go on to have great success in their future careers, and so seeing a young and handsome Jamie Gillis perform so aggressively alongside an equally young and very hairy-chested Wade makes this 1975 gay adventure noteworthy in smut history.  Like Wade, Jamie's smut career was primarily working in straight films with women. 
 
This movie is also noteworthy for the wonderful exterior shots showing a gritty New York City.

Naturally-blonde Hardwick makes a perfect contrast to Jamie and Wade. 


Jamie's impressive manhood in the background as he prepares his fist for Michael
Michael's reaction to what Jamie is doing to him says it all

Michael's blonde man junk
 
Michael's mouth makes sweet love to Jamie's very hairy cock

Wade lays some pipe deep inside Michael

In addition to Boynapped! Wade also appeared in the gay flick Manhole in 1978 and in many more straight porn movies.


Then in 1979, using the name Dennis Parker, Wade recorded a disco album for Casablanca Records.  "Like an Eagle" was produced by Village People creator / producer Jacques Morali. The title track was released as a single.



He also  joined the cast of the TV soap opera The Edge of Night in 1979, as Police Chief Derek Mallory.  

His death in 1985 still has a lot of confusion and rumors circling surrounding it.  Many have suggested that he committed suicide after getting Aids, returning to his family home in Virginia to die. However, others disagree and ask for a credible obituary that he committed suicide or was HIV-positive.  His varied success in show business with multiple stage names (His real name wasn't Dennis Parker nor was it Wade Nichols--it was Dennis Posa) probably didn't help the situation, as his death wasn't immediately picked up by the the press.  What we do know is that he passed away too-soon and that he left behind some great entertainment that is still enjoyed today.

Wednesday, August 7, 2013

August 1987



In 1987, Olympic diver Greg Louganis posed for Playgirl. His photos were pretty tame, at least partly because it's reported that his mother told him, "Don't show everything."






Greg appeared in the August 1987 issue of Playgirl.






Below is a more recent photo of Greg, showing that he still looks great

Sunday, August 4, 2013

August 1939 Beefcake

Popular Science magazine offered up this tasty 'turf and surf' beefcake article back in August 1939.  Ahhh, just open your mouth wide, take in a deep breath and inhale that seaside salty air on a hot summer's afternoon...It's sunny Los Angeles with hunky life guards in tight shorts sporting HUGE woodies (those would be surf boards) jutting straight up into the air--what a perfect day at the beach!
For just 15 cents this magazine sure has a lot to offer.  Whatever that gizmo is on the cover-- even it looks phallic-fabulous! This is the same month that a new movie called The Wizard of Oz has its premier in 1939.  Over in Europe, Nazi aggression is being reluctantly tolerated as leaders from around the world try to negotiate peace with Hitler.  On August 23, the German Soviet pact of nonaggression is signed in Moscow by Joachim von Ribbentrop and Molotoff in the presence of Joseph Stalin.
Advertisements are usually a great window into what society was like, and back in 1939 cameras were relatively pricey toys for men.  Above is an ad in this same magazine offering ways for a gent to MAKE MONEY with your CAMERA.  The upcoming World War II would draw away most young men's interest in fun hobbies for many years.  But luckily for all of us, after the war years, some enterprising guys did exactly what this ad suggested, and the result became the male physique photography studio.