Blueboy (magazine)

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Blueboy cover (Spring 1983, Vol. 1, No. 1)
Editor Donald Embinder
Categories Gay
Frequency Monthly
First issue Spring (March-April-May) 1983
Final issue December 2007
Country United States
Language English
ISSN 0279-3733

Blueboy was a gay pornographic magazine with pictures of men in various states of undress, first published in California in Spring 1983 (date March-April-May 1983). After the initial joint 3-month issue, it continued publishing monthly.

Originally featuring more "softcore" images (e.g. male models were usually shown without erections), as well as fiction, news features, essays and social commentary, and articles on music and entertainment, the publication was largely regarded in the 1980s and early 1990s as a gay version of Playboy or Penthouse. Typical articles concerned social climbing, the latest fashions, picking up strangers, television and film reviews, and the secrets of love. It would also touch on more pressing issues such as politics and gay rights. For example in the 1970s and 1980s the magazine did stories on Anita Bryant, Harvey Milk, Ed Koch, AIDS and The Reagan Administration.

Beginning in the 1990s, however, with competition from such gay and political publications as Out, MetroSource and Genre, the magazine focused much more on hardcore gay images, and jettisoned most of its non-porn content.

Blueboy's final issue was December 2007.[1]

Blueboy magazine started out of Washington D.C. (not in CA in 1983) in 1974 under the name blue boy edited by Don Westbrook (Donald N. Embinder). It started out as glossy gay male magazine that covered the Washington D.C. area. By volume 2 in 1975 it had moved headquarters to Miami, Florida and became more of a glossy soft-core gay magazine that targeted the national scene. The magazine quickly became hugely going from 26,000 subscriptions in 1975 to 160,000 subscriptions in 1976.

In 1983 Don moved to CA and restarted the mag there.

In popular culture[edit]

Singer Cyndi Lauper mentions the publication in the first lines of her song "She Bop":

Well, I see him every night in tight blue jeans
In the pages of a Blueboy magazine


  1. ^ "Blueboy magazine". Retrieved 2012-01-26. 

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