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#TBT: The Gay Mustache

#TBT: The Gay Mustache

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In honor of Movember, a walk across the hairy upper lip of mustache memories.

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Movember is a month-long annual event that raises funds and raises consciousness about men's health issues. Purists keep it to a 'stache only, but it has come to include all facial hair in general.

Here at The Advocate we are punctilious about our follicles. Besides, gay men practically owned the mustache in the '70s. So in honor of our hairy history and of men's health we present the big gay mustaches of our past.

Brunox633_0 The mustache that launched a thousand fantasies. Bruno was most beautifully shot by Colt Studios.

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Armistead_maupinx633_0 Adorable Armistead Maupin was the Charles Dickens of San Francisco in the '70s with his avidly followed daily serial in the San Francisco Chronicle, "Tales of the City." The characters were so well loved that the newspaper column spawned a book series that continued for many volumes and many TV adaptations. And yes, Maupin still sports the 'stache, and he is still adorable.

Glenn_hughes_publicityx633_0 The mothership of mustaches was the hairy horseshoe on Village People band member Glenn Hughes's upper lip.

Village_peoplex633gettyimages_0 You have heard of hair bands? Well, almost all the members of the Village People made it a mustache band.

Brando_theuglyamericanx633_0 Bisexual actor Marlon Brando decorated his perfect upper lip with a Watersian-style lip liner in The Ugly American.

E English author E.M. Forster withheld publication of his groundbreaking gay romance novel Maurice until after his death. Here he is in Paris in 1925.

Harvey_milkx633_0 A Milk mustache.

Hudson_mcmillan_wifex633_0 Rock Hudson wore it well in his '70s television hit, McMillan and Wife.

Freddie_mercuryx633_0 Freddie Mercury kept the mustache relevant in the 1980s.

George_rekkersx633_0 Wait! What? Who let this guy in?

Robert_reedx633_0 Robert Reed of Brady Bunch fame working the mustache and afro combo.

Sal-mineo_publicityx633_0 Actor Sal Mineo tricked out with a "pimp-stache."

Rip_taylorx633_0The always lovely Rip Taylor handlebars on the $1.98 Beauty Show.

Al_parker_blueboyx633_0 Al Parker, porn star-director-producer from an early Blueboy layout.

Thekiss_blueboyx633_0 And speaking of Blueboy, here is an artwork by Pacifico Solano using appropriated images from that magazine.

John_watersx633_0 Like a cherub from Hell, a young John Waters with his signature lip liner, waiting to leave America in a permanently shocked state.

Nick_chase_stevex633_0 Dreamy Colt model Nick Chase was in real life Steve Schulte, who happened to be one of the first mayors of a newly independent West Hollywood. American lives do have second acts.

Edwardalbee_wikix633_0 Phrase-maker: Playwright Edward Albee casts a knowing grin topped by a salt-and-pepper teaser.

Tom_of_finland_stampx633_0 The Tom of Finland mustachioed postage stamp issued this year.

Steve_kelso_coltx633_0 Colt favorite Steve Kelso struggles with a too-tight Speedo.

Michael-kearns-publicityx633_0 Actor-model-porn star and fabulous imposter Michael Kearns of Happy Hustler fame.

Yosemite-samx633_0 Everyone's favorite ginger with anger issues, Yosemite Sam.

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Christopher Harrity

Christopher Harrity is the Manager of Online Production for Here Media, parent company to The Advocate and Out. He enjoys assembling online features on artists and photographers, and you can often find him poring over the mouldering archives of the magazines.
Christopher Harrity is the Manager of Online Production for Here Media, parent company to The Advocate and Out. He enjoys assembling online features on artists and photographers, and you can often find him poring over the mouldering archives of the magazines.