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Gay History – July 23, 1909: The Secret Gay Historian Samuel Steward (aka Phil Andros) Born

Samuel Steward

Legendary  poet, novelist, and university professor Samuel Morris Steward also known as Phil Andros  and Phil Sparrow was born on this day in Woodsfield, Ohio.  

Born into a Methodist household, Steward converted to Catholicism during his university years, but by the time he accepted his teaching position at Loyola University he had long since abandoned the Catholic Church.

Steward led one of the most extraordinary (and unknown) gay  lives of the twentieth century.  Steward maintained a secret sex life from childhood on, and documented these experiences in brilliantly vivid (and often very funny) detail.  He was also was an intimate friend of Gertrude Stein, Alice B. Toklas, and Thornton Wilder,

After leaving the world of academe to become Phil Sparrow, a tattoo artist on Chicago’s notorious South State Street, Steward met famed sex researcher Alfred Kinsey in late 1949 and subsequently became an unofficial collaborator with Kinsey’s Institute for Sex Research. During his years of work with the Institute, Steward collected and donated sexually themed materials to the Kinsey archive, gave Kinsey access to his lifelong sexual records, introduced him to large numbers of sexually active men in the Chicago area, and provided him with large numbers of early sex Polaroid photographs which he took during the frequent all-male sex parties he held in his Chicago apartment. He also allowed Kinsey to take detailed photographs of that sexually-themed apartment. He ultimately donated a large numbers of drawings, paintings and decorative objects that he himself had created to the Institute.

In spring of 1950, at Kinsey’s invitation, he was filmed engaging in BDSM sex with Mike Miksche, an erotic artist from New York also known as Steve Masters.

After Gertrude Stein, Kinsey was Steward’s most important mentor; he later described Kinsey not only “as approachable as a park bench” but also as a god-like bringer of enlightenment to mankind, thus giving him the nickname, “Doctor Prometheus.”

During the early 1960s, Steward changed his name and identity once again, this time to write exceptionally literate, upbeat pro-homosexual pornography under the name of Phil Andros.  Initially he wrote for the Danish magazine Eos/Amigo. Some of his early works described his fascination with rough trade and sadomasochistic sex; others focused on the power dynamics of interracial sexual encounters between men. In 1966, thanks to changes in American publishing laws, he was able to publish his story collection Secret Historian: The Life and Times of Samuel Steward, Professor, Tattoo Artist, and Sexual Renegade""“>Secret Historian: The Life and Times of Samuel Steward, Professor, Tattoo Artist, and Sexual Renegade” states so eloquently:  “He paid the price for being himself, but at least he got to be himself.”

#FlashbackFriday – The Infamous Adonis Movie Theater NYC (1975 – 1988)

The 1,433-seat Adonis Theater, was originally built as the Tivoli Theater in 1921 by Billy Rose for Fanny Brice and it was one of a kind.  But as time went by the grandly opulent vaudeville house turned movie theater on Eighth Avenue and 51st Street in its declining years became famous for anonymous stud romping, porn and SEX SEX SEX. 

It was a cinema palace that survived by giving Doris Day and Rock Hudson (oh the irony of it all) the pink slip and bringing in and out and in again Jack Wrangler, Kip Knoll, Richard Locke and the infamous Falcon Video-Pac guys to survive and became one of New York’s most popular ALL-GAY adult theater in the 1970’s and early 1980’s.

Not much history remains of the Adonis in books or on the internet just a few fading memories of those who who wandered its dark interior in days and nights of an era long gone by.

The Adonis came complete with a grand lobby and a balcony flanked by solid two-story Ionic columns.  Even as men prowled the aisles looking for sex the vast if not somewhat faded grandness of the theater could not be overlooked. Even Variety went so far to peg it as the largest and most lavish gay porn theaters in New York City.

In the late 70’s the Adonis was a sexual amusement part.  While the images of Jack Wrangler and Movies by Joe Gage flickered on the screen men in the aisles, the seats, the balcony, the bathrooms and anywhere they could find would act out their own sexual fantasies.  Sundays were so crowded that it was hard to find a seat in Adonis but that was all that was hard to find. Patrons would literally avoid the seats under the balcony’s edge at busy times for fear of being showered with semen from high above.

The Adonis was crowded at most times of the day, and night. Sleazy, and dark, it attracted a fun, fast crowd. Instead of popcorn you could buy small tubs of lube, cockrings and poppers at the concession stand. And for “boys on a budget” If one didn’t have the $7 admission you could easily meet someone in front of the theater to pay your entrance fee.

The Adonis’ house manager had a stake in the career of iconic (and short I know that personally) porn star Jack Wrangler.  So in 1977 a  film called A Night at the Adonis  was shot in the theater.  Theater employees such as Bertha the cashier acted in bit roles, and as soon as a print was readied it was on the screen at The Adonis.

A net posting by Oliver Penn recalls the movie.  . . “it was rather odd to be in the exact theater that was being depicted on the screen, sort of a movie coming to life all around you. What was happening on the screen was also happening in real life as you were watching the film.”

But the theaters size, age, and the outbreak of AIDS epidemic took its toll.  There were also some serious structural problems because of its age and lack of upkeep.  In the mid-’80’s the balcony collapsed. Luckily no one was hurt

Real estate developers that had a stake in the neighborhood  and deeply closeted Mayor Ed Koch who was using the AIDS epidemic to clean up Times Square was trying to get the theater closed down to tidy it up for the building of the monolith Worldwide Plaza, soon to be built on the next block. One prospective tenant, a a homophobic law firm law firm Cravath, Swain & Moore, stipulated that the theater had to close before Worldwide Plaza was built. The plaza’s developer, William Zeckendorf, subsequently bought up the site, and that was the beginning of the end of the Adonis.

Later a little known bizarre postscript to this story surfaced when a partner in said law firm David Schwartz—instrumental in shuttering the Adonis—was murdered by an 18-year-old male prostitute whom he’d spent the day with at his Connecticut summer home and then took to a sleazy Bronx motel. Schwartz had been stabbed 27 times.  It turned out that this moral pillar of the community who had a wife and three children liked rough street trade and had been living a double life for years.

But The Adonis did live on for a bit longer and transferred its name to another theater owned by  further south on Eighth Avenue, at 44th Street which was quickly outfitted with campy Greek statues and roman columns but it wasn’t the same.  Not long after the city of New York was doing its best close down every gay sex establishment in NYC and “new” Adonis was eventually closed in 1994 by the City’s Health Department after a raid revealed high-risk sexual activities taking place among patrons.

The grand old Adonis Theatre would stand like a grey ghost until the spring of 1995 on its corner of 8th Avenue and 51st Street until it was demolished. Now its memory is a ghostly reminder of the heyday of gay sexual freedom in a now scared and scary post-AIDs world.

Do you have stories about The Adonis or other forgotten NYC gay places?  If so leave them in the comments.

READ MY LIPS: Deaf Man Sues PornHub for Lack of Closed Captioning

READ MY LIPS: Deaf Man Sues PornHub for Lack of Closed Captioning

A deaf man in Brooklyn, NY has filed a class-action lawsuit against the adult website PornHub alleging the site is in violation of federal law because he can’t fully enjoy the porn videos the site provides because they don’t provide closed captioning.

Yaroslav Suris claims that the popular porn site has violated his and others’ rights under the Americans with Disabilities Act because the deaf and hearing-impaired can’t understand the audio portion of the skin flicks.

Suris claime that he had tried to watch and could not fully enjoy titles that included ‘Hot Step Aunt Babysits Disobedient Nephew,’ ‘Sexy Cop Gets Witness to Talk’ and ‘Daddy 4K ,’ but couldn’t get through the dialogue in the flicks for lack of subtitles.

The lawsuit claims: “The websites are ‘places of public accommodation’ which deny equal access to their video content which is available to hearing individuals and violates the ADA,” according to the lawsuit.

The ADA prohibits discrimination against people with disabilities in areas of “employment, transportation, public accommodations, communications and access to state and local government programs and services,” according to the US Department of Labor.

STARBUCKS Will Place Porn Blockers On Free WiFi System in 2019

STARBUCKS Will Place Porn Blockers On Free WiFi System in 2019

Starbucks has announced that it will soon block access to porn websites via the company’s Wi-Fi network. 

In January, Starbucks will introduce a content blocker that bans access to pornographic websites while using its free in-store Wi-Fi. Viewing porn at Starbucks has long been banned, but there was no mechanism in place to customers from viewing it.

The company is initiating the filter after pressure from an outside group that advocated for a porn site ban for years. Enough is Enough, a nonprofit dedicated to internet safety for children, launched a petition encouraging Starbucks to ban porn. It received more than 26,000 signatures.

The group wrote in its petition: “Starbucks is keeping the doors wide open for convicted sex offenders and patrons to fly under the radar from law enforcement and use free, public WiFi services to view or distribute graphic or obscene pornography, child pornography (an illegal crime), or engage in sexual predation activity.”

.A Starbucks spokesman told Business Insider: “To ensure the Third Place remains safe and welcoming to all, we have identified a solution to prevent this content from being viewed within our stores and we will begin introducing it to our U.S. locations in 2019.”

Numerous studies have found that content blockers designed to filter out porn also disproportionately block non-pornographic sites related to LGBT issues and abortion.

RedTube Porn Site Offers To Sponsor NYC Subway Station

A company whose business is all about pleasure says it wants to help with New York City’s train pain. Porn streaming site RedTube has offered to take Gov. Andrew Cuomo up on his idea to sell naming rights to subway stations. The governor, who really should have seen this sort of thing coming, first floated the idea of letting private sponsorships of stations late last month.

“We here at RedTube are eager to lend a hand and give back to our loyal New York fans,” said RedTube vice president Alex Taylor in a letter. “Should we make it through the application process, we were thinking we could literally adorn the station we sponsor as well as a number of trains in RedTube branding so people can actually ride a red tube.”

Owned by porn giant MindGeek, RedTube is a YouTube-like service that focuses on pornographic videos. It boasts 20 million daily users. Sponsoring a station isn’t going to be cheap if RedTube does, somehow, get approved, though. Required donations range up to $600,000. – via Fortune

I want to ride the [big] red tube!  

All Aboard!

 

Plug Pulled Over Plug Pulling: NYC To Close Hundreds Of Free Web Browsing Stations Because Users Were Browsing Porn

Plug Pulled Over Plug Pulling: NYC To Close Hundreds Of Free Web Browsing Stations Because Users Were Browsing Porn

 

Via Gothamist:

After reports of people using the LinkNYC kiosks to view porn — and masturbating in public — LinkNYC has decided to pull the plug on web browsing. The company said, “Starting today, we are removing web browsing on all Link tablets while we work with the City and community to explore potential solutions, like time limits.”

The 400 kiosks across three boroughs, which offer super-fast WiFi, USB outlets for charging and a tablet for free Internet access, were rolled out early this year and hailed as a way to meet the public demand for fast WiFi, information, and viral videos. But the kiosks’ debut has been overshadowed by incidents involving homeless people allegedly squatting by and hogging kiosks.

In a statement, LinkNYC acknowledged “that some users have been monopolizing the Link tablets and using them inappropriately, preventing others from being able to use them while frustrating the residents and businesses around them. The kiosks were never intended for anyone’s extended, personal use and we want to ensure that Links are accessible and a welcome addition to New York City neighborhoods.”

Openly gay Councilman Corey Johnson, whose district encompasses Greenwich Village, Chelsea and part of Midtown, said police officials had asked for the removal of “several problematic kiosks” along Eighth Avenue. He said he had observed people watching pornography on the kiosk screens with children nearby.

 

WATCH: Adam Driver as Dr. Rockhard in SNL’s Skit “90’s Gay Porn Doctor” – Video

Porn Dr

Last night on Saturday Night Live, host Adam Driver played  Dr. Rockhard, a physician living inside a early ’90s. gay porn movie.  The trouble is, he can’t seem to get any time alone with his patient because of an insistent little girl with stomach problems.

 

 

I could have sworn he was going to say Pro-boner.

Save The Planet! Wear A WANK BAND! (Coming Soon!) – Video

Introducing The Wankband: The first Wearable tech That Allows you to love the planet, by loving yourself.

Find out more about the Wankband and how you can create dirty energy at www.thewankband.com and sign up to become a Be (a) ta tester so you can find out how this amazing invention can help you save the planet.

Hmmmmmmmmm. “Sign up to be a beta tester” or “Sign up to be a beater tester”?

 

Adult Store Set Ablaze And Destroyed In Michigan By Ax-Wielding Hair Dresser Because God Said To Do It

Hellfire

 

According to police, late Wednesday afternoon Mitchell Hapner, a self employed “hair designer” was arrested after police identified him as the ax-wielding man witnesses saw fleeing from an adult store that had been set on fire.  When they attempted to question him, Hapner led police on a brief car chase before crashing his vehicle.

The owners of the adult store Hollywood Nights have set up GoFundMe page to help recoup their losses:

“Hollywood Nights was maliciously targeted and unfortunately burnt to the ground by a confused individual who thought he was doing god’s work,” the statement on the GoFundMe page reads.

“Clearly this was not god’s work, this was the heinous actions of a very disturbed person who had nothing but destruction on their mind. This confused person never knew our family and we never knew him. He believed he was serving as god on a mission to not only destroy the business but to harm any employees and customers in the building.”

Fortunately no one was hurt as the store was closed “for weather related reasons.”

Head on over to the GoFundMe page and donate a dollar or more for dildos.

Source: Raw Story

 

 

Mark Regnerus Makes Up New “Study”: Gay Men Are Sex Crazed Sluts. *Gasp!*

Mark Regnerus

Discredited, denounced, debunked, deranged anti-gay “researcher” Mark Regnerus is making up fake studies again.

This time writing for  Public Discourse

Churchgoers who oppose same-sex marriage sense that they are out of step with the rest of the nation about sex and relationships. (The numbers above reinforce that.) And Christians who favor legalizing same-sex marriage often remain embattled with those who oppose it, and yet sense that their own views on sexuality still lag behind those gay and lesbian Christians from whom they’ve have become convinced of the legitimacy of same-sex marriage. That, too, is true. Gay and lesbian Christians, in turn, have much in common with gay and lesbian non-Christians—their social circles often overlap. The sexual norms of the former are not as permissive as those of the latter but are still well above the national average in permissiveness. The latter likely constitutes a reference group for gay and lesbian Christians (together with heterosexual Christians with whom they are in fellowship). Given the rather massive divide in attitudes about sexual and romantic relationships evidenced in the table above, reference group theory—if employed here—would suggest that the current division between these groups of churchgoing Christians will remain far into the future. Even if a share of American Christians who presently oppose same-sex marriage track in more liberal directions—and it would be shrewd to presume that this will occur—those Christians who already support same-sex marriage are themselves still tracking in that same direction. And, from the looks of it, they have plenty of territory to cover yet.

Shocking…!!!!

Gay and Lesbian adults have a healthy and mature attitude about sex.

Blithering bigoted idiots have an unhealthy, shameful and immature attitude about sex.

CONCLUSION: Mark Regnerus spends a lot of time thinking about gay butt sex.

 

 

 

Source: JMG