Gloria Brame, Ph.D.

Homosexuality, the LP: Vintage album art

Filed By Gloria Brame, Ph.D. | December 10, 2010 10:30 AM | comments

Filed in: Entertainment, Gay Icons and History
Tags: gay history, LP about sexuality, Probe Records, queer history, vintage

Wow. One album covers the entire subject, eh? There better not be any Broadway show tunes on it is all I can say. Do any Projectors remember this album or its purpose? The February 1967 edition of Billboard announced its release but didn't describe its content. I'm intrigued to know whether it was sympathetic or homophobic.


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... I'm intrigued to know whether it was sympathetic or homophobic.

Oh Dr. Brame, surely you jest! ... We know what type of "sympathetic" crap was produced in the 1960's ... supposedly "enlightened" psycho-babble that spreads dreadful lies about gay men, such as how sex-crazed and miserable with life we are, how we had close-binding, suffocating mothers and indifferent, absent fathers, etc., etc., etc.

I could be wrong, but I bet we can judge this book by its cover, and the photo of the massively depressed model says it all: Did the mean policeman up the street just murder his puppy? How long do you think he's been dead (the model, I mean, not the puppy)? Do you think he was embalmed professionally, or by amateurs (again, the model, not the puppy)?

Anthony in Nashville | December 10, 2010 2:34 PM

I bought this album 10 to 15 years ago (I found it cheap), but still haven't listened to it.

"Homosexuals are trying to establish a fruit world."

Here's a link to one of the tracks. Not surprising, it's NOT in our favor. :)

The parody song, "Down by the river drive", which is heard on that clip originally appeared on an LP titled The Queen is in the Closet. This album was produced by an obscure label called Camp Records. As you might guess from its name, that record label released gay parody songs such as the 45 rpm disc titled "I'd Rather Fight than Swish", which featured a surly looking biker dude on the cover.

You can listen to some of their songs here:

The majority of homosexuals in 1960’s America had little or no knowledge of homosexual life. The major metropolitan areas of New York, Hollywood, and San Francisco were only beginning to experience the migration of rural homosexuals. It is one element of the boomer population.

I would think the major sales for this albumen was to rural homosexuals who were attempting to define themselves and reconcile their desires with the conservative America, which surrounded them. Homosexuals had no communication, no magazines, and no culture. The Kinsey Report was the first indication that there were actually quite a number of homosexuals (at least enough to be counted in a survey). The postal service would not mail sexual material until Playboy took them to court. This was a milestone for homosexuals of the day because publishers of books and muscle boy mags could mail to rural homosexuals (in brown paper wrapping, of course).

I finished my AA degree in Joplin, Missouri in 1962. I had never seen a drag queen. I had never been to a homosexual bar although I heard there was one in Kansas City, almost 300 miles away. I met others by hitchhiking. I learned later that I was not the only homosexual majoring in psychology for personal reasons.

cgd: I didn't notice that quote! And here, I put the darned mp3 up myself! Yeah, it's about 2 minutes into the piece.

You can find more on such albums during that period if you enter "gays and lesbians" on my site as a search string (actually, only two other articles -- there's only so much you can say from the point of view of album covers).

Gloria, here is the Billboard mini-review of the album you graciously shared with us.

A highly controversial and provocative subject is examined and discussed with no attempt to solve any problems. The treatment is well-handled and the exploration goes into depth with the many taped interviews, excerpts of which are used to illustrate points.