Stroke: From Under the Mattress to Out in the Open


By Robert W. Richards & Hunter O'Hanian

This volume is a historic retrospective of the steamy illustrations published in gay American magazines from the 1950s through the 1990s. Although they were freely available, their often closeted readers put them under their mattresses.

Stroke rediscovers these treasures and puts them together with vividly told stories and previously unpublished material.

The book was composed by Hunter O'Hanian, director of the Leslie-Lohman Museum of Gay and Lesbian Art, and artist Robert W. Richards, in conjunction with a show at the the Leslie-Lohman Museum which ran from March 24-May 25, 2014.

The book features works of over thirty artists, among other luminaries such as Tom of Finland, Harry Bush, Michael Kirwan, and George Quaintance.

 *You can also read the original show's press release.