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Photographer Hal Fischer’s 1977 classic book, Gay Semiotics is being re-released this month. A few informative articles on the book are online. A great one from earlier this year at SLATE, and the most recent article at i-D that is all over Facebook. Articles HERE & HERE.

ARTBOOK.COM: Hal Fischer’s Gay Semiotics: A Photographic Study of Visual Coding Among Homosexual Men (1977) is one of the most important publications associated with California conceptual photography in the 1970s. This new edition reproduces the look and feel of the original volume, which reconfigured into a book format the 24 text-embedded images of Fischer’s 1977 photographic series Gay Semiotics. The photographs in Gay Semiotics present the codes of sexual orientation and identification Fischer saw in San Francisco’s Castro and Haight Ashbury districts, ranging from such sexual signifiers as handkerchiefs and keys to depictions of the gay fashion “types” of that era–from “basic gay” to “hippie” and “jock.” Gay Semiotics also features Fischer’s critical essay, which is marked by the same wry, anthropological tone found in the image/text configurations.

Fischer’s book circulated widely, finding a worldwide audience in both the gay and conceptual art communities. Fischer’s insistence on the visual equivalence of word and image is a hallmark of the loose photography and language group that included Fischer, Lutz Bacher, Lew Thomas and others working in the San Francisco Bay Area. First published as an artist’s book in 1977 by NFS Press, at a time when gay people had been forced to both evaluate and defend their lifestyles, Gay Semiotics earned substantial critical and public recognition. Thirty-seven years later, the book remains a proactive statement from a voice within the gay community from a moment in history just before the devastation wrought by AIDS.

Hal Fischer (born 1950) grew up in Highland Park, Illinois. He arrived in San Francisco in 1975 to pursue an MA in photography at San Francisco State. Through his work as an art reviewer and photographer, he soon became embedded in the Bay Area’s artistic and intellectual scene. He continues to live and work in San Francisco

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Introduced by KQED’s General Manager James Day, The Rejected is generally acknowledged as being the first ever U.S. televised documentary about homosexuality, broadcast on September 11th 1961. Originally titled ‘The Gay Ones’, The Rejected was filmed mostly in the KQED studio. Several sources – including co-producer Irving Saraf – confirm that at least one scene was shot on location at the Black Cat Bar in San Francisco (710 Montgomery Street).

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However, those scenes and others were cut from the film before it aired. Production correspondence written from March to July 1961 between KQED’s Program Manager Jonathan Rice and NET’s Director of TV Programming Donley F. Feddersen outline this process whereby The Rejected was edited down from it’s original 120 minutes, to 89 minutes, then 74 minutes and finally the 59 minute version which aired. You can now view an original draft script for The Rejected in DIVA, scenes from which never aired.


ADVOCATE 2011 article HERE


Please note: copyright to The Rejected is held by WNET. All rights reserved. WNET is the premier public media provider of the New York metropolitan area and parent of public television stations THIRTEEN and WLIW21. The Rejected was originally produced by KQED for National Educational Television (NET) – the predecessor of WNET – and first aired on September 11th 1961, on KQED Ch.9 in the Bay Area.

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Posted by SGT. COACH on Sunday Jul 5, 2015 Under DO YOU KNOW?

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CHAPTER MUSIC: In 1973, two wide-eyed young music fans made their way to Los Angeles and were introduced by a notoriously touchy-feely road manager for the Doors. They fell into a relationship that would produce five of the most criminally neglected singles of the decade, as well as a treasure trove of unreleased recordings. John “Smokey” Condon was a bewitchingly beautiful Baltimore transplant, himself no angel after spending his teenage years partying with the John Waters crowd. EJ Emmons was a budding record producer from New Jersey, already starting to work in small studios around Hollywood.


Condon had marched in New York the night after the Stonewall Riots in 1969, and so by the time he and EJ created Smokey, they weren’t about to hold back. Released in 1974, first single Leather b/w Miss Ray wasn’t just openly gay, it was exultantly, unapologetically gay, examining front-on the newly-liberated leather and drag scenes thriving in America’s urban centres. READ THE FULL STORY HERE!


Songs from forthcoming Chapter Music reissue compilation How Far Will You Go? – The S&M Recordings 1973-81, to be released on vinyl, CD and digital on June 23, 2015. Pre-order now via CHAPTER RE-ISSUES



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Polari was a form of slang used by gay men in Britain prior to the decriminalization of homosexuality in 1967, used primarily as a coded way for them to discuss their experiences. It quickly fell out of use in the 70s, although several words entered mainstream English and are still used today. For more about Polari:

Written & Directed by Brian Fairbairn and Karl Eccleston


Who used it?

Mainly gay men, although also lesbians, female impersonators, theatre people, prostitutes and sea-queens (gay men in the merchant navy). It was not limited to gay men, however. Straight people who were connected to the theatre also used it, and there are numerous cases of gay men teaching it to their straight friends.
THIS INFO from Department of circlesLinguistics and English Language:

The most famous users of Polari were Julian and Sandy (played by Hugh Paddick and Kenneth Williams) in the 1960s BBC radio comedy show, Round The Horne (written by Barry Took and Marty Feldman). However, it has also been used in the past by Julian Clary, Larry Grayson, Peter Wyngarde, and in a Jon Pertwee episode of Dr Who (Carnival of Monsters).

How many words are there?

I have collected almost 500 Polari terms, although it’s unlikely that most people would have known or even used that many. During my research I found that people’s individual knowledge of Polari was very different – about 20 core words were known to almost all speakers, and then there was a much large fringe lexicon, of which most people would only know a small sample. Therefore, there were lots of different versions in existence – different pronunciations, spellings and meanings of the same word.

What words were in it?

There are lots of words for types of people, occupations, body parts, clothing and everyday objects. There were also a lot of evaluative adjectives in it. It was ideal for gossip. Verbs concerned sexual acts, cruising or looking at people. Some (but not all) of the core lexicon words are:

ajax – next to
bevvy – drink
bitch – catty gay man or to complain
blow(job) – to give oral sex
bona – good
camp – effeminate, outrageous etc
cod – awful
cottage – public toilet used for sex
dish – anus/bum
dolly – pretty
drag – clothing (usually the sort you’re not expected to wear)
eek – face
feely – young
lally – leg
lattie – house
naff – awful, tasteless
nanti – none, no, nothing, don’t, beware
omi – man
omi-palone – gay man
palone – woman
Polari – to talk, or the gay language itself
riah – hair
send up – to make fun of
TBH – to be had
The Dilly – Piccadilly Circus, a popular hang-out for male prostitutes in London
trade – a gay sex partner, often one who doesn’t consider himself to be gay
vada – to look

READ more about POLARI HERE!

The “B” side of the final single that The Tornados (of ‘Telstar’ fame) released; an innovative, gay-flavoured (polari) rarity by producer Joe Meek.

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Posted by SGT. COACH on Wednesday Apr 22, 2015 Under DO YOU KNOW?, NEWS IS HOT

Did So You Think You Can Fuck contestants Theo Ford and Logan Moore lie about their relationship status? Watch the video below and tell us what you think. Or click here to read about this couple’s controversial relationship.


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Posted by SGT. COACH on Sunday Apr 12, 2015 Under DO YOU KNOW?


SLATE: In the same way that porn magazines are often hidden under pillows or locked away on the top shelves of closets, the history of “beefcake” photography has been highly secretive. The photographer and models who created the hunky, hyper-masculine work beginning in the 1940s right up to the pre-disco age, did it on the sly often dodging strict obscenity laws that landed some of them in prison, forced them to endure harassment and attacks, and kept almost all of them hiding deep in the closet.


For Petra Mason, the editor of 100% Rare All Natural Beefcake, published by Rizzoli, trying to track down the images, and, more significantly, the holder of the copyrights, turned out to be a bit like falling down a rabbit hole. READ THE WHOLE STORY HERE @ SLATE







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We interviewed So You Think You Can Fuck Season 4 contestant, Bryce Evans, to talk about his sex life and his cruising preference. In this candid interview, muscular Bryce didn’t hesitate to answering questions from our readers.

How long have you been doing porn?
I’ve been in porn for a few years now. I took the last year off to enjoy some time away and have just recently started to give it my full attention again.

Where can our readers find your movies?
I’ve worked with a number of studios including Dominic Ford, Paragon Men, and Pride Studios to name a few.

Where are you from / what city do you live now?
I’m originally from Florida and currently live in South Florida.

What is your favorite cruising / cottaging spot (truck stop, public park etc)?
Well, South Florida is full of existing sex spots where you can meet horny guys so it is difficult to single out just one.

Define a “hot sex”.
That’s a great question. I think “hot sex” is when you want to just explode from the euphoria of the experience and yet, you don’t want it to end because you’re enjoying it so much.

When was the last time you got laid? How was it?
Ha! I’m a porn star! How about asking me when did I not get laid? Ok I’m kidding. I think that there needs to be a disconnect between when you perform and when you have sex in your personal life. As for me, I enjoy sex and will have it as often as possible. So go figure when was the last time I had sex (gives a wink).

Are you a top or a bottom?
I enjoy bottoming with the right person, however, I prefer to top a hot ass.

What type of men do you like? 
There’s no single answer for that. I like to play with twinks and fuck them. As for a relationship, I prefer middle age men, in great shape, attractive and successful.

Do you like rough or vanilla sex?
Somewhere in the middle.

Do you have any fetish?
I was introduced to the world of foot fetish by the guys behind “” and have really come to find that feet worshiping can be hot and a real turn on.

Public sex or bedroom? Why?
Public sex has its excitement factor but I have to admit that it’s the bedroom for me.

When cruising on Squirt, what are you looking for in an online profile? What would make you message a guy?
Your picture is important.

You need to try and find your most revealing shot without giving away all the goods. A nice picture of you in a pair of sexy underwear leaves me wondering what else can you offer. That is what would make me contact you…


We’ll be interviewing more porn stars in the coming weeks. What would you like to ask them? Tell us in the survey box below.



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FYI: Gay Looks from GAY SEMONICS (1977) by hal fischer

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