Honcho Magazine

Honcho Magazine 1970s – 1980s

Join us on a nostalgic journey with Honcho, the groundbreaking vintage gay magazine. This incredible publication, created by George Mavety in the 1970s, revolutionized the portrayal of gay culture in the media. Inspired by Playboy, Mavety’s vision for Honcho was to create a magazine that would elevate the representation of gay eroticism and culture. He succeeded in creating a powerhouse publication that stayed at the forefront of the LGBT community until its end in 2004. Even 15 years after Mavety’s passing, Honcho remains an inspiration to those advocating for increased representation of the LGBT community. Let’s admire and remember Mavety’s trailblazing contribution to the great awakening of LGBT culture in the 70s and 80s.

Discover the Revolutionary Spirit of Honcho Magazine: A Reflection of the Reagan Era

Step back in time to September 1984, just before the Los Angeles Olympic Games kicked off with a speech by then-President, Ronald Reagan. But even as the world turned its attention to the games, the “gay cancer” epidemic was spreading fast. Yet in the face of adversity, Honcho Magazine paved the way for gay liberation.

Inside the pages of this iconic monthly, you’ll be treated to more than just artistic displays of male nudes and erotic fiction. Honcho Magazine also delved into reviews of books, movies, and music of interest to the gay community, and kept readers up-to-date on social, political, and cultural events influencing the movement.

Ready to feel the sizzle and discover the revolutionary spirit of one of the most influential magazines of its time? Check out these stunning vintage covers and see for yourself just how far the fight for LGBTQ+ rights has come.

Honcho Documentary

Check out this documentary that features some interviews with the creators of Honcho Magazine

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