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Item, Folder number and/or title, Box number, Gay magazine collection, MSS 412, Special Collections, MSU Libraries, Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI
The collection was donated by several donors in 2012.
Processed by Edward R. Barton, October 2013.
Before the changes in United States laws relating to homosexuality gay pornography was illegal. Magazines considered to be soft gay pornography were marketed as beefcake magazines with a supposed emphasis on exercise and fitness. As gay pornography became legal; the need diminished. The Stonewall Riots of June 1969 at the Stonewall Inn, Greenwich Village, New York City is considered to be the start of Gay Pride.
There are three boxes of gay magazines, gay couples magazines, swinger magazines, porn video magazines, a segment of leather lifestyle magazines plus Playgirl special issues and Playboy special magazines. The majority are from the 1960s and 1970s.
Each box is arranged alphabetically by title.