1974-01-15

AFTER DARK magazine announced it will no longer allow the word “Gay” to be included in advertisements. Although popular with gay men for its art photographs of nude males (although no crotch was ever shown) at a time when there was no gay porn the magazine never admitted it was targeting a Gay market. It used the subtle phrase, “The Magazine You Can Leave On Your Coffee Table When Your Mother Visits” to get the point across. Coincidentally, this was the same year this writer appeared in the pages of the same magazine in a double page photo accompanying a poem about a street hustler. Gwen Verdon was on the cover as Roxy Hart.