Young Physique Poster 1966


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Fold out poster of Ted photographed by Lyric Studio from The Young Physique March/April 1966. In 1961, Strait founded a homophile organization in San Francisco known as the League for Civic Education (LCE). The organization was founded to foster communication between the San Francisco gay community and the San Francisco Police Department. Strait started publishing newsletters, known variously as The League for Civic Education News, The Citizen News, and Cruise News and World Report. Many of Strait’s articles helped gay men avoid arrest, and advised them how to behave if they were arrested. When the LCE disbanded, Strait founded the studio DOM Strait. Later, DOM Strait Studio merged with Lyric Studios and the combined company became known as DOM-Lyric. Strait was arrested in Los Angeles along with several others from Lyric and charged with lewd behavior. He skipped bail and fled to Rockford, Illinois, where he continued to produce films. He was arrested again in 1976 and again convicted of lewd behavior. He was released in 1980, and was alleged to have fled to Europe, where he died in exile. Sources: Boyd, Nan Alamilla. Wide-Open Town A History of Queer San Francisco to 1965. Berkeley: University of California Press, 2003. Linedecker, Clifford L. Children in Chains. New York: Everest House, 1981. Measures 11 x 16 inches.

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