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LGBT HISTORY MONTH, DAY 9: THE FIRST GAY PRESIDENT
Before DOMA, before Don’t Ask Don’t Tell — before Photoshop, even — there was a moment when it seemed Bill Clinton might be the great straight hope. A president who would say the word “AIDS,” a man who treated the gay community as a constituency rather than a leper colony.
In the early 90s, this postcard began circulating — heads of state gawkily fashioned on two headless torsos — was a staple of bookstores and gift shops and dorms from Christopher Street to the Castro. Gave me a thrill then and — despite my later reservations about the fetishization of both those bodies and those minds — still does.
Edith Massey and Michael Potter in Female Trouble, 1974
“The world of heterosexuals is a sick and boring life!”
“If many of the people I knew in New York in the seventies were twisted or paranoid or even evil, we all agreed one was a saint: Joe Brainard. Joe was a writer and visual artist from Oklahoma who stuttered and spelled erratically and was so timid that he danced in place, looking down, if he thought anyone was paying attention to him. Someone had once complimented him on his chest so he always wore his shirt open to the waist, even in subarctic winter weather.” - City Boy by Edmund White