Two Cover Mock-ups
Two Cover Mock-ups

1976

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“Michael’s Thing” was a small 1970s-80s era New York City chapbook style weekly with guides to cabarets, theater, baths, porn theaters, and other recreations around town and on Fire Island. “Michael’s Thing” covered campy entertainment, but there was a heavy emphasis on sex that gave it a certain underground insouciance.

Both mock-ups are related to 1976 Gay Pride as well as the American Bicentennial, where it is widely believed HIV was introduced into the urban gay male community.

These signs reference the early gay radical politics of the Gay Activist Alliance in An Army of Lovers Cannot Lose, along with Warhol fixture Jackie Curtis, cabaret phenom Baby Jane Dexter, and choreographer Alvin Ailey.

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