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The Poets

Ramón García is the author of The Chronicles (Red Hen Press, 2015), Other Countries (What Books Press, 2010) and Ricardo Valverde (University of Minnesota Press, 2013). He has published poetry in a variety of journals and anthologies.

Matias Viegener is a writer, artist, and critic who teaches at CalArts. He’s the author of 2500 Random Things About Me Too, the editor of I’m Very Into You and recently received a Creative Capital award.

Two samples of very homo-erotic poetry readings at the 2015 Art & Cultural Festival.

Ben Trigg is the co-host of Two Idiots Peddling Poetry at the Ugly Mug in Orange, California. He is geektastic.

David Parke Epstein is a former editor and writer for Esquire magazine. He currently lives at Sunset Junction with a cat named Compton. He’s a hopeless romantic who enjoys movies, poetry, and long cocks on the beach.

Steven Reigns was appointed the first City Poet of West Hollywood, authored Inheritance and edited My Life is Poetry, featuring his students in the first-ever autobiographical poetry workshop for LGBT seniors. He has taught workshops around the country to LGBT youth and people living with HIV.

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A couple of hellraisers get their rewards

A special report on two guys who got Tom of Finland Foundation Lifetime Achievement Awards, Terry Le Grand and Roger Earl, for decades of doing loads of things in the community.

BornToRaiseHell

They starting the very early queer porn S&M film revolution (in the pre-vid, 16 and 35mm ’60s). They got their first project banned in California (and many other states) for using real Los Angeles police cars, motorbikes and true official uniformed LAPD officers, doing quite different things than what they are known for, in their landmark project Born to Raise Hell.

It’s guys like these, charting unknown territory from the ’60s onward who got us the civil liberties many within our Western European and Northern American homo communities now take for granted. With the aids era, neo-religous prudism waves comparable to historic iconoclasms and homo-normalo manifestations like marriage, we’re on the path to lose many of those liberties. It’s guys like the ones running the Tom of Finland Foundation, Treasure Island media that now fights clampdowns on BB-pornstars in California against retarded/retired misguided Aids activists, Poz & Proud in Amsterdam, IML, ECMC and our good-old leather-and-fetish bars/clubs who keep us on a vigilant edge and guard us against losing the freedom we experienced from then until today.

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