Saturday, June 23, 2007

HAPPY GAY PRIDE WEEKEND OR WHAT'S IN CAPTAIN WILLY'S GAY WIZ BAG?

This weekend ends Gay Pride month, and here in Chicago as in other big cities we are having our gay pride parade. I'm actually going tomorrow for a change. The last time I went there was a float promoting Streisand's Return to Broadway album. So that's got to be over ten years ago. Normally I would just sit and look at the el station and watch the lesbians and gay men with their coolers and disposable chairs waiting on the el platform at 10:30 in the morning. And that was all the pride I could take for one day. I'll report on my experiences Monday...

In the meantime, I searched the big wooden magazine box and came up with a look back at a pride-filled June from 1977 via the magazine Blueboy. The name of the magazine brings up memories of fascination and fear as I recall whenever it was brought up in teenage conversations it immediately brought up suspicions for just knowing the name; Unlike After Dark, Blueboy was straight up queer reading. Not really a porn magazine, it sought to be Playboy for the lavender set. In this issue along with some lovely photos of some 70's shaggy haired mustached boys, there is also a feature on Joan, Bette, Marlene, Greta - Role Playing and why we love to play them; an article about how all pirates were gay, and among the picks of the best albums to make love to Lena Horne, and Marilyn McCoo and Billy Davis Jr.'s new albums

And right next to an ad for Man's Country, a gay bath house is an interview with Sylvester Stallone, which is ironic in itself because before him the name Sylvester was right up there with Bruce for names for your wife's hairdresser.

















And while we are the subject of hair, the 70s gay culture must have been obsessed with hairpieces. I can't say what is more repellent in this ad, the man, the hairpiece, or the puns.

Comopolitan might have had Burt Reynolds in the nude, but only Blueboy could boast of a young nude Burt Lanchaster with a come-hither look in his eye.

And if that doesn't help get your motor started the how a "popper" superhero named Captain Rush! And I always wondered where Limbaugh got started...
Anyway happy pride... and I was going to put up a video of Somewhere Over the Rainbow or I Am What I Am

But this is much more festive... and nothing says gay pride like Chita Rivera and a stage full of synchronized dancers.

4 comments:

David said...

I'm trying to figure what that Captain Rush comic has to do with Rush....

David said...

Wow, the man in the hair ad really is hideous...

Anonymous said...

Wow, I am so fascinated by this issue of BlueBoy. Were can I find it? Can't you just scan in the whole issue in a big PDF?

Best, Marcus
Stockholm, Sweden
marcus@filt.se

Bluma said...

Interesting to know.