Not long ago, many clubs catered to enthusiastic leathermen. Inside, past three sets of doors and a changing room cordoned off with an old tarpaulin, is a shadowy warren of alcoves, cages and dark corners. Knee-high leather boots hang from iron chains looped through ceiling hooks like fetish bunting. A gregarious barman greets regulars while hairy-chested musclemen appear on a small screen next to an ice bucket.
The Jockstrap party was a great success. More than half the guys who came decided to strip down to their jocks while they shopped or hung out with friends. Hot go-go boys entertained and showed their ass-ets.
Gay magazines originated in the early nineteen fifties from the physique magazines that already existed in the forties. Contrary to more liberal European countries like Denmark, Sweden or even Germany, gay magazines especially in the US have long been "disguised" as 'health' magazines, due to the strict laws on pornography. In such a climate it is hard to publish pictures of models in leather.