The Return of Drummer

Many of the older gay men might remember Drummer magazine that was in circulation between 1975-99. In my opinion, 214 issues of probably the hottest masculine male magazine that was ever produced. And as a result of this magazine, the Mr. Drummer contest was formed. The Mr. Drummer, and later Drummerboy, contest ran from 1980-2001.

    Well, the Drummer contest is back. Now called Drummer North America (or DNA) it is a contest for gay men, featuring: Drummer, Drummerboy and Drummer Bootblack. Unlike contests restricted to only leather or rubber, or a specific power dynamic such as Master/slave and Sir/boy, DNA contest titles are open to a broader spectrum of fetish identities of gay men — from rubber, uniforms, skinhead and leather, to sports kit, military and punk. DNA is as diverse as your own DNA.

    DNA contests are open to gay-identified, biological and trans men in the fetish/kink communities, who are residents of Canada, the United States and Mexico. While DNA is a celebration of gay masculinity and the contests are open exclusively to gay male contestants, DNA weekend embraces and welcomes our kinky lesbian sisters to join the celebration and participate among the ‘Women of Drummer.’

    This past weekend I had the privilege of attending the 1st annual DrummerNA. It was a fantastic weekend. The weekend included the Drummer contest, various workshops, and a great time to socialize with old friends.

    I have always had a passion for Drummer; I own the full set of Drummer magazines, my partner who passed was a Drummer titleholder, and my current two partners and I were deeply involved in the contest circuit that followed the old Drummer, International Leather Sir/boy.      And now once again, coming full circle we are back to DrummerNA.  

    What I like about Drummer is the macho gay image that it portrayed. I’ve always been attracted to masculine men and I love the type of play that they do. Kinky, rough, hard.  

    I loved the saying by Henry David Thoreau that Drummer has always used, “If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away.

    Yes, I have always heard a different drum when it comes to sex. As early as I can remember I was attracted to men. And growing up on a ranch and farm, I had a particular liking for the hot masculine men that were found on those ranches and farms. And kinky?? Oh, you have no idea. Until I found a Drummer mag in college, I thought I was the only gay male who liked to do the things I learned and tried while growing up.

    So, yes, I have a fondness in my heart for Drummer and I’m excited that Drummer is back. DNA, I just love that acronym, DNA. So come and join us at DrummerNA and spread some of your DNA. Join us and come get your kink on!!

    For more information about Drummer North America, please visit drummerna.com. Or come talk to me or someone at WOOLF. WOOLF meets every third Saturday at The Center of Wichita at 6pm with class starting at 7pm.

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Marcia McCoy, Ph.D.

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