DRUMMER Magazine, 1975-1999
There’s never a dull moment in leather.
This magazine, which targeted gay men in the leather subculture was founded in 1975 by John H. Embry and Jeanne Barney. Due to harassment from police, Drummer moved from Los Angeles to San Francisco in 1977 and was published until 1999. The magazine had a swipe with some serious controversy throughout the 1970s and 1980s. Although Editor-in-Chief Jack Fritscher disliked Nazis, Drummer allowed the gay National Socialist League to advertise in the magazine for decades. Drummer Magazine was the most successful of the American leather magazines, and sold overseas. The publication had a major impact of spreading gay leather as a lifestyle and masculinity as a gay ideal.