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ABSOLUT OUT. [A 4-page ad spectacular for "National Coming Out Day"]., (Absolut).
1 (Absolut). ABSOLUT OUT. [A 4-page ad spectacular for "National Coming Out Day"].
New York: [Genre Magazine], [2003]. [2003]. Very good 
- Quarto, 10-3/4 inches high by 7-3/8 inches wide. Softcover, printed white self-wraps. A 4-page advertising spectacular printed on stiff white stock. The text printed on the cover page proclaims: "Saturday, October 11 / No Time Like The Present".

Within the covers, moveables illustrate the second and third page. A total of 9 closet doors are present on the second and third pages, with images behind the doors revealed when tabs proclaiming "Come Out" are pulled. The first, a silver door, hides exercise gear and clothing. Trophies and photos of dogs are hidden behind the light-brown second door. The third, a dark brown door, hides business attire consisting of gray suits, white shirts, a selection of ties and black shoes. A briefcase on the top shelf sits next to a pair of pink women's high heel shoes below which hangs a pink party dress. Behind the fourth door, a red one, is found a guitar and leather outfits with a Rock band poster. The mustard yellow fifth door hides a Girl's Varsity sweatshirt, a lacrosse racket, a net bag containing soccer and basketball balls above which clothing is hung. Pennants adorn the top of the closet with team photos and posters hung inside the door. Behind purple double-doors that hide the contents of the sixth closet are found a make-up mirror and silver stool next to wigs, a feather boa, and women's party clothes. The seventh, a light olive green door, hides a Gay Pride rainbow flag, a bullhorn next to videotapes on a shelf above, with Gay activist posters below. Behind the pink eight door are women's shoes, clothes and accessories. A teddy bear sits on the shelf above. Inside the dark green door of the last (ninth) closet, are men's casual and golf clothing, golf clubs, a tennis racket and shoes resting on a large trunk. The formal portrait of a woman hangs on the inside of the door. "ABSOLUT OUT" is boldly printed in black at the bottom of the third page. Held sideways, the doors are lined up in the shape of an Absolut bottle, with the silver door serving as the bottle's cap.

The text, printed in a light gray on the fourth page explains that "National Coming Out Day [October 11] is an international event that gives gay, lesbian and bisexual people the opportunity to "come out" to others about their sexuality. It also provides a means of increasing the visibility of gay people. This piece is a miniature replica of the spectacular life-size billboard created to bring dimension and attention to this important day. ABSOLUT OUT is also an online auction of items donated from celebrity closets, with all proceeds benefitting the Human Rights Campaign Foundation. ABSOLUT has been an advocate for the gay and lesbian community since 1981. ABSOLUT OUT celebrates the creativity and diversity of openly gay people."

There is a tiny stain and tiny ink mark to the cover page. Else, minor flaws only. Near fine.

The ad was distributed in the November 2003 newsstand issues of "Genre Magazine" between pages 16 and 17. (The magazine is not here present.) Initially launched as a quarterly in 1991, it eventually became a monthly in 1993 continuing publication until 2009. To address the changing demographics and compete against the Advocate and other similar periodicals for advertising dollars, Genre Magazine focused on New York's post gay movement and the aging Generation X. By 2002, it expanded its earlier coverage of entertainment, travel and political issues, to include personal growth and spirituality issues as well as home design and health.

Price: 150.00 USD

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2 (Gotham Business Council) THE OFFICIAL GAY GUIDE MAP OF MANHATTAN. Winter/Spring 1985
(New York): Greater Gotham Business Council, Inc. & David James Press, Inc., (1985). (1985). Fine 
(New York): Greater Gotham Business Council, Inc. & David James Press, Inc., (1985).. (1985).. Fine. - sc Narrow octavo. Broadsheet, 9 inches high by 4 inches wide, unfolding to 18 inches high by 12 inches wide, printed on both sides. Large map of Manhattan and pictorial ads. Near fine.

On one side of the broadsheet is a large map of Manhattan surrounded by ads. On the other is the map legend with points of interest, a list of resources, classified listings and additional ads for gay friendly bars, restaurants, liquor stores, clothing stores, etc. 
Price: 10.00 USD

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3 de Becker, Raymond THE OTHER FACE OF LOVE. Translated by Margaret Crosland & Alan Daventry
New York: Grove Press. Inc., (1969). (1969). Fine 
New York: Grove Press. Inc., (1969).. (1969).. Fine. - Large octavo, cloth, in a dust wrapper. The dust jacket is lightly rubbed, soiled & chipped. There is a short tear to the head of the dust jacket spine. [xiv] & 209 pages. Profuse black-and-white illustrations. Near fine in a good dust wrapper.

First American edition. Dust jacket present. First Edition. 
Price: 20.00 USD

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New York: Vintage Books, (1978). (1978). Good 
New York: Vintage Books, (1978).. (1978).. Good. - Octavo, softcover bound in pictorial white wrappers. The spine & extremities are a bit darkened & lightly foxed & the wraps are lightly bumped. x, 244 & [1] pages plus 8-page publisher's catalog. Black-and- white illustrations The page edges are slightly darkened. Good. 
Price: 10.00 USD
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5 Katz, Jonathan GAY AMERICAN HISTORY: Lesbians and Gay Men in the U.S.A. A Documentary by Jonathan Katz
New York: Thomas Y. Crowell Company, (1976). (1976). 0690011652 / 9780690011654 Good 
New York: Thomas Y. Crowell Company, (1976).. (1976).. Good. - Large octavo, softcover bound in maroon wraps. The wraps are rubbed & bumped with a crease & some light staining to the top corner of the rear wrap. There are creases to the spine. xiv & 690 pages. Black-and-white illustrations. The fore-edge is foxed & a few page corners are lightly bumped. Good.

"A pioneering collection of turbulent chronicles--a startling new perspective on the nation's past" [front cover copy]. 
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6 Koestenbaum, Wayne THE QUEEN'S THROAT: Opera, Homosexuality, and the Mystery of Desire
New York: Poseidon Press, (1993). (1993). 0671754572 / 9780671754570 Very good 
New York: Poseidon Press, (1993).. (1993).. Very good. - Octavo, cloth-backed boards in a dust wrapper. The boards are lightly bumped with some very light staining to the rear cover. 271 pages. Black- and-white illustrations. There is a small area of very light soiling to the front endpaper. Very good. Dust jacket present. 
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Los Angeles, California, Nov. 15, 1962. 1962. Fine Signed
Los Angeles, California, Nov. 15, 1962.. 1962.. Fine. - sc - A 4-page manuscript densely typed on 11 inch high by 8-1/2 inch wide paper. The first page is typed on Seidenbaum's embossed "The Saturday Evening Post" stationery with his name embossed at top left as associate editor. In this manuscript addressed to Bill Emerson (Editor in Chief of the Saturday Evening Post) and Bill Davidson (an associate editor), Seidenbaum proposes to write an article on the extortion of gay men by criminals posing as police officers and opines that "it is a damn good bet that in some cities, like Chicago, it is indeed the police who do the fruit shaking. Among lawyer friends of mine, this criminal practice is an old story and an old cop racket. Of course, this would in no way preclude a story by us on the subject but I'm afraid that, in other cities, we might have to admit that not only bunco artists but corrupt cops are involved." Identifying the practice as "Fruit Shaking", Seidenbaum, in a glossary describes the word "Fruit Shake" as "The underworld term for blackmailing deviates...." In fact, much of the proposed article is about organized gangs who travel from city to city and, proffering fake police badges, shake down gay men in public washrooms. Some of the information is derived from interviews with Lt. William Hull and Captain Harry Didion of the Los Angeles Police Department's Fraud and Bunco squad. He identifies several extortionists who are now awaiting trial for this very crime and proposes to interview them to further expand the article. Signed "Art" in red ink on the last page. The manuscript is further annotated in pencil at the top of the first page as "Folder - extortion Inc., cros ref.". The four pages are stapled together at top left. There is minor rust staining from a paper clip to the verso of the last page. Near fine.

A retained copy of Bill Emerson's response dated November 21, 1962 is included. In his reply, Emerson indicates that "The Extortion, Inc. story is a real dilly." but... "the consensus of the brass is that we just can't risk this sort of major piece at the moment. Davidson and I are forced to see the logic of this position...." Emerson still holds up hope that it may yet have a chance if they are able to "take it up again in February or March."

A wry observer of the Los Angeles cultural, literary and political scene, Art Seidenbaum (d.1990) was associate editor at the Pacific Coast Editorial Office of The Saturday Evening Post and a writer, columnist and editor of The Los Angeles Times. He edited The Times' Opinion Section and was the recipient of an Emmy Award for the TV program "City Watchers". 
Price: 350.00 USD

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