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#TBT: Back to the Gay Future

#TBT: Back to the Gay Future


The golden age of science fiction magazines served up some interesting queerish images. We have seen the future, and the future is gay.

When I was a kid, my stepfather amassed an amazing collection of science fiction magazines. He had so many that he had his room lined in bookcases to hold them all. The covers seemed to be sending me messages, hot gay messages. Most of these covers were in my stepfather's collection.

01astoundingscifix633_0 Might as well start with the ne plus ultra of crypto-homo covers. Could have been one of my father's Physique Pictorials. But that's another story.

Astounding-science-fiction_apr-1950x633_0 Hey, gurl. Like my globe?

Twoheadedx633_0 This is a family website and all, so I won't go into all the combinations of fun you could have with a two-headed boyfriend. Obviously, we will wear far less clothing in the future.

1949_sept_valley-of-the-dollsx633_0 This is obviously a story about a gay relationship in space that hit the skids because of too much booze and dope. Like a Galaxy of the Dolls.

Worlds-unknown-issue-4x633_0 This reminds me of a date I went on.

American-manhood-april-1953_peter-poultonx633_0 So many things going on here I may have to take a nap. Please note the cleft skullcaps.

Sprague_decampx633_0 "I swear, I shall smite you with my rod and ball if you don't stop dazzling me with those star-spangled shorts!"

Asf_0338x633_0 "Boys! Boys! We can have a creche and a menorah."

Astound5006x633_0 "One more Barry Manilow song and I WILL LOSE MY SHIT!"

Asf1940x633_0 Nice to know that the loincloth is an eternal fashion go-to. I can't imagine a future without them.

Astounding_5010x633_0 Another great moment in future fashion: gaucho pants.

Astounding_science_fiction_1958x633_0 In the future, when Santa dies, he will be replaced by his very intimate friend, Gus.

Astounding_science_fiction_may_1950x633_0 We are always up for a hairy ape, but what is this Dianetics thing? Is it the science of Diane von Furstenburg?

Astounding_x633_0 "I told you, it's not a scoop-neck, it's a bateau neckline!"

Dragon-queen-x633_0 Too much gay for one magazine cover. Please move on.

Asf1942-03x633_0 Um, recruiting for what? Man can?

Bradburyx633_0 Giant spiders, Glinda the Good Witch in her nightgown, and me with half my blouse torn apart. Just another night of restless dreams, kids. Means nothing at all.

Eyebrowx633_0 Zork was certain that the other men were admiring his giant biceps. Little did he know they were in the final planning phase of Zork's eyebrow tweezer intervention.

Galaxy-finlayx633_0 Folk bears in space. Possibly sans pants.

Astoundingsfapril1957x633_0 Call you Joe? I'll call you darling, darling.

Astounding-october-1939x633_0 His silver cire space suit challenged his sibilant S's.

Other_spacex633_0 Nothing to see here, folks. Just your basic ripped underwear and alien probe fantasy. Keep moving along. And yes, "Other Space" means just what you think.

Phallusx633_0 I tried to figure what "analog" meant for years. I can't tell you how far off I was. I was befuddled by obvious phallic symbolism.

Robotsx633_0 Yeah, sure. I'd have sex with robots. Bring 'em on.

Serpent_stuffx633_0 So phallic it's practicaly insulting.

Time_crime-prarie_bonnetx633_0 This one gave me nightmares. Like Mormon Pirate Mom-Dads.

Wanderer-of-space-x633_0 Wins the award for most nudity and worst drawing.

Unflatteringx633_0 Early prototype for the Ambiguously Gay Duo.

Amazing-stories-guy-with-2-girlsx633_1_0 Gay-Gay-Gay. And if you don't get it, fine. Just leave right now. You heard me. Shut your browser. You're probably on Netscape or something, anyway.


Art01x633_0 And so, as beautiful nude men gambol in outer space through shimmering rainbow halos, we bid you adieu.

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