Article is in regards to Photographs sent for publishing in the Advocate Newspaper. The envelope has the year date of 1974 but the letter is dated 1975. I have a few of these letters and they all have the same issue. Im not certain if some how these got put in the wrong envelopes or perhaps Arthur just screwed up with the year, the year had just changed and is dated February, so perhaps he was confused. Property from the Hollywood, California estate of Journalist & Magazine Publisher Jeanne Barney. Jeanne created Drummer Magazine in the 1970s which was the first gay leather SM bondage magazine ever published. Jeanne also was a writer for the Los Angeles gay press and did an advice column called Smoke from Jeannies Lamp for The Advocate, and was a prolific figure in the gay and lesbian community. I have a lot of rare items pertaining to the gay & lesbian community that Ill be listing over the next month, so please see my other listings if your interested. October 12, 1942, York, Pennsylvania. September 11, 2011, San Francisco, California. Was an early Gay Rights Movement. Advocate and author, most well known for his 1978 book. Witchcraft and the Gay Counterculture. Politically active in New York City. In the 1960s and early 1970s, in 1972 he and his partner formed a group called the Weird Sisters Partnership on a homestead in Washington, State. He later moved to San Francisco. Where he became a fixture in the Haight-Ashbury. Neighborhood and was involved with founding the group that later became the Radical Faeries. In his later years, he was politically active and continued as a translator and academic. In 1997, he wrote. Critique of Patriarchal Reason. Where he argued that misogyny had influenced “objective” fields such as logic and physics. Years in San Francisco. When the Washington living experiment “failed, ” he and his companion moved to San Francisco, and Evans in 1974 moved into an apartment at the corner of Haight & Ashbury street. Opening a Volkswagen repair business called the Buggery, Evans also began writing a book on homophobia and persecution in the Middle Ages. In 1975, he formed the Faery Circle in San Francisco. The gay pagan-inspired group was devoted to ritual play, and later survived to become known as the Radical Faeries. Evans has described the group as bringing together gay sensibility, neo-paganism, and a sheer Whitmanesque celebration of the body and of sex. ” At 32 Page Street, an early San Francisco gay community center, in early 1976 he gave a series of public “Faeries lectures based on his research on the historical origins of the gay counterculture. In 1978 he published his recent research in. Which analyzed evidence that many people accused of “witchcraft” and “heresy” during the Middle Ages and the Renaissance were specifically persecuted for their sexuality and ancient pagan practices. It was published by the independent Boston imprint Fag Rag books in 1978. Among other topics in the book, Evans studied early Celtic rituals and their connection with sexual traditions in gay culture. Historian Rollan McCleary has referred to the book as an influential cult classic. Frieze published an op-ed on the book’s cultural important in February 2017. Is of the opinion that it is less a history of persecution than it is an invocational litany or an aggrieved magical treatise on the failures of patriarchal liberalism and industrial socialism to adequately recognize and protect the lives of gay people. ” It was also described as “an apposite resource on the history of social oppression. The book is subtitled. A Radical View of Western Civilization and Some of the People it Has Tried to Destroy. Interprets Evans’ argument about magic that magic is an inherently collective activity, depending for its practice on group song, dance, sex and ecstasy. He later planned on re-releasing it in a new edition planned. The Lady Rises in the East. A poem in the book was read aloud by the band The Soft Pink Truth in 2014. Among other groups, Evans was involved with the Bay Area Gay Liberation (BAGL) and the San Francisco Gay Democratic Group. In the late 1970s, Evans became known for distributing his own satirical pamphlets under the nom de plume The Red Queen. ” The pamphlets, including one in 1978 titled “Afraid Youre Not Butch Enough? “, satirized what Evans saw as a growing pattern of butch conformity overtaking gay men in the Castro neighborhood, presaging the “Castro clone moniker. Against the “hyper-masculine Castro clone identity” drawing men in during the disco era, he continued his research into faeries and male involvement in Western spiritual traditions. Additional info on Jeanne below. It will come as a surprise to many that Drummer, Americas “magazine for the macho male, ” was co- founded by a woman, Jeanne Barney. Barney was also Drummer’s first editor-in-chief in its incarnation as a leather magazine, and she set much of its enduring tone and style. Gay male leather is, above all, a male world. But there have always been a few women who have had a place in that world: women like Cynthia Slater, Camille O’Grady, Joanne Gaddy, and an unknown woman who managed to become a regular denizen of San Franciscos Handball Express. Jeanne Barney was one of these. She not only made a place for herself in this mans world, she helped to make that world what it became in the 1970s, and what it is today. She left an indelible imprint on Drummer magazine. Drummer, in turn, helped create an increasing national common leather culture in the 1970s. Jeanne Barney helped give that culture its voice and its inimitable style. She was not only at the center of leather publication. She was also a key participant in major conicts over the legality of homosexual conduct and of SM social life. Barney was born in Chicago, but spent a peripatetic childhood moving back and forth between California and Chicago. She became a professional writer, and it was as a writer – for many different kinds of publications – that she made her living. She became involved with the Los Angeles gay press around 1970, and began to write Smoke from Jeannies Lamp, an advice column for The Advocate. She quickly became part of the gay scene in LA, and over the years, her leather circle included John Embry, Larry Townsend, Jason Bleu (of The Cellar), Ken Bartley, Dick Grifn (of Griffs), Wes Cuney, Larry Young, Val Martin the rst Mr. Drummer, Jim-Ed Thompson later a Mr. Drummer and an editor of Drummer, lm maker Fred Halsted and his lover, Joey Yale, and many others. She still lives in Los Angeles and is still close with Terry LeGrand and Roger Earl (of Born to Raise Hell), as well as many others she met through Drummer and The Leather Fraternity. The Los Angeles gay movement and its press were uid, as publications changed hands, opened, and closed. Drummer did not begin as a leather magazine. John Embry had used the name for a short-lived entertainment magazine, and later used the name for the newsletter of H. The Homophile Effort for Legal Protection. Homosexual conduct was then illegal in California, and the Los Angeles police department and its chief, Ed Davis, were particularly aggressive in their harassment of gay bars, businesses, and individuals. Provided legal counsel and assistance for those arrested. Around 1970, John Embry had gotten in touch with Larry Townsend, who was then president of H. Becoming its president and the editor of its newsletter. Embry had also established a contact and correspondence organization, The Leather Fraternity. Barney met Embry at a St. Patricks Day party around 1972, and they began to collaborate. They brought out the rst issue of Drummer, the leather magazine, in 1975, with Jeanne as editor. She also wrote much of the copy, which included her “Smoke from Jeannies Lamp, ” an article on S&M on campus, and The ABC’s of S&M. ” That rst issue also contained a book review by Larry Townsend, a movie review of Fred Halsteds Sex Tool (also written by Barney under a pseudonym), a directory of the leather bar scene, and the column “In Passing, which became a regular feature. It also contained the classied ads for The Leather Fraternity. Drummer was initially intended to be a publication for The Leather Fraternity, but under Barneys editorial guidance, it quickly established its own identity. As she later commented, she wanted Drummer to be a gay leather S/M Evergreen Review. These early Drummers were remarkable indeed. Barney remained as its rst editor-in-chief for eleven issues, and lled its burgeoning pages with a whos who of leather artists, lm makers, writers, and photographers. These included Fred Halsted, Val Martin, and Robert Opel, famous for streaking the 1974 Academy Awards and who later opened the rst West Coast gay leather art gallery, Fey-Way in San Francisco. By Drummer 4, Opel had written a feature article on Chuck Arnett, the artist whose mural in San Franciscos Tool Box bar had graced the opening pages of Life magazine’s 1964 article on Homosexuality in America. By then, nestled among the leather images and ction, Drummer was providing overviews of SM themes and images in main-stream media (lm, books, and comics), stories on prominent leather bars (which would eventually include Larrys in LA, the Folsom Prison in SF, the Gold Coast in Chicago, the Ramrod in Phoenix, and the Eagle in NYC), and astrology for sadomasochists. Issue 5 sported a Chuck Arnett cover. Arnett also illustrated “The Babysitter, ” a short story by Sam Steward (under his nom de plume, Phil Andros). The scene in which The Babysitter was set was the actual dungeon playroom of two of Stewards close friends, San Franciscos Jim Kane and his slave, Ike Barnes. Later issues included features on tattooist Cliff Raven, cartoons by Bill Ward, a cover illustration by Rex, a portfolio of artist Etienne (Dom Orejudos), and increased coverage of the gay motorcycle clubs. Robert Opel interviewed Mikal Bales (later of Zeus Studios), about the Cycle Sluts, a short-lived but wildly popular leather send-up of a drag review. Drummers origins in the gay movements attempts to curtail legal harassment were especially evident in its coverage and involvement in two major police raids. The first was the 1972 raid of the Black Pipe, then a leading Los Angeles leather bar, during a monthly fundraiser for H. And its efforts to provide legal assistance for those arrested for gay-related offenses. Twenty uniformed ofcers and several plainclothes detectives rounded up twenty-one of the bars patrons, including the President (then Larry Townsend) and most of the board of H. According to the account (Drummer 3), police were particularly interested in the H. Treasurer, who was getting gays to register to vote. But he eluded capture, and was able to quickly get out word of the raid. The legal cases for this “Black Pipe 21″ dragged on for two years, but as a result of this effective community response, many of the charges were dismissed and even most of those who entered guilty pleas had their records expunged. This was a key moment for the gay movement in Los Angeles, and in some ways, the beginning of the end of a certain kind of routine police persecution. However, it was not quite the end, and it was only the beginning of Drummers own legal saga. The LAPD turned its attentions to Drummer itself. The magazines ofce, and the plant where Drummer and other gay organizational and religious publications were printed, were put under surveillance. So were the homes and phones of the editor and publisher, Jeanne Barney and John Embry. Twenty-four hours a day, a minimum of four able-bodied highly paid secret police watched members of the two households go to the market, the post ofce, the bank, the laundromat, and the bathroom. Curious neighbors, fearing the strangers with binoculars were narcs, started harvesting their crops. Deliverymen for the printers complained about being constantly followed by black and white cruisers, even into cities where the LAPD had no jurisdiction. The phones became so bad that half the time they wouldnt ring. Shortly after midnight, two helicopters hovered overhead and two big buses drew quietly up in front of the Mark IV. The street was closed off by ares. Police cars were everywhere. Klieg lights were set up for lming by both police cameramen and television stations which had been alerted to Eds [Ed Davis] big night… No one was allowed to go to the toilet… The next day, newspapers sported headlines such as this one: Police Free Gay Slaves’. One ofcer was quoted as saying we went in and liberated them. In addition to the helicopters, over one hundred of LA’s finest were deployed to detain eighty people, including Fred Halsted and Terry LeGrand. Forty of those detained were actually charged, with violating an obscure 1899 statute prohibiting white slavery. The statute did not actually refer to “slavery” in the usual sense; the terminology of white slavery was used around 1900 to refer to prostitution. Of those charged, there were thirty-nine men, and one woman: Jeanne Barney. When Barney was finally bailed out and went home, she found that her house had also been raided. My God, when I got home after a couple of days, I saw those cops had been in my house but you cant believe how torn up it was. They had taken my dresser drawers and emptied them in the middle of the bedroom. They emptied the laundry hamper. They had taken stuff out of my medicine cabinet and it was thrown all over the bathroom. It was a terrible mess! (Interview with Jeanne Barney, 1997). Ultimately, most of the charges were dismissed, but four people were charged with felonies: Embry, Barney, Val Martin (who had been the auctioneer), and Doug Holiday, who happened to be working the door. After two long years enmeshed in the legal machinery, all four entered guilty pleas and were sentenced to community service. Although the police action did obtain these convictions, the Mark IV raid backred for the LAPD. The Mark IV incident was, in fact, a political disaster for the LAPD. Gay and “straight” publics alike saw the raid as a waste of precious resources that should have been spent ghting real crime. As if to dramatize the sense of public priorities that was affronted by the LAPD’s overzealous actions, a woman was mugged and murdered just ten blocks from the Mark IV while the raid was going on. One hundred and seven cops to bust a charity ball but not a single one to save a womans life – needless to say, this image did not play well… The District and City Attorneys immediately dissociated themselves from the LAPDs position until the prosecution dropped the ridiculous “slavery” charges, and the City received hundreds of letters from The public protesting the raid. The raid and its aftermath have been compared to the Stonewall riots… Jeanne Barney was at the center of these events, and she was also involved in many other legal maneuvers whose purpose was to end the routine arrest of individuals for consensual homosexual conduct, or for even being in a gay bar when it caught the attention of the vice squad or the alcohol licensing authorities. A straight woman, she fought for gay rights with courage and determination. In 1976, the Hawks of southern California named her as Humanitarian of the Year. After the Mark IV cases were settled, Embry moved Drummer to San Francisco, which by then had a more gay-friendly legal environment than Los Angeles. Barney elected to stay in Los Angeles, and Embry (as “Robert Payne”) assumed the editorial responsibilities. By then, Drummer had developed its distinctive character: A brilliant writer and editor, Jeanne Barney skillfully created a mix of porn, politics, news, ction, art, and humor that would characterize Drummer from its rst issues to its last ones. As the rst leather magazine with a national (and even international) circulation, Drummer helped establish a common vocabulary of leather, a common set of leather styles, and a common reservoir of leather knowledge. And as Drummer’s rst editor- in-chief, it was Jeanne Barney who provided both the template and much of the substance of what we now know as leather culture. Check out my other items. Be sure to add me to your favorites list. The item “ARTHUR EVANS Gay Rights Activist 1975 Hand Written & Signed In Ink Letter RARE” is in sale since Wednesday, March 13, 2019. This item is in the category “Collectibles\Autographs\Historical”. The seller is “sweetpickensvenice_2″ and is located in Los Angeles, California. 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