Gloria Brame, Ph.D.

Homophile Fiction: Vintage Story

Filed By Gloria Brame, Ph.D. | June 07, 2011 4:00 PM | comments

Filed in: Entertainment
Tags: gay erotica, gay fiction, gay literature, leather, leathermen, NUMBERS magazine, queer history

I found this page from a poignant story buried in the pages of a 1980 issue of Numbers - a gay leather magazine. It reads like the diary of someone living on the down low today and remains a sad reminder of life in the closet.

NUMBERS FEB 1980 LEATHER HEADS BB

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That is so sad. Closets are for clothes, not for people.

While I admittedly wasn't perusing Numbers for its literary merits, I am, in fact, moved but this piece and really impressed that the editors chose to include it.

Remember, 1980 was more than a generation ago, with no internet or hookup phone lines, and many, many lonely and isolated gay men had no other outlet for their sexuality than magazines like these. I remember vividly the heartbreaking hunger for intimacy contained in the many personal ads in the back pages of magazines like this. So again, I'm glad an editor decided to give their readers something with more depth, and something many of them undoubtedly related to.