Bullsheets/ American Uniform Association [Two Issues, 1981-82]
New York: American Uniform Association, 1981-82. Issue No. 17 and an unnumbered issue from 1982. Offset print on paper, with black and white photos throughout. Saddle-stapled. 8 1⁄2 x 11 1⁄4 in. 15 pp; 17 pp. Very good. Item #5778
Two early issues of this rare uniform fetish periodical, the official publication of the American Uniform Association, an organization for gay men interested in uniforms, founded in the late 1970s and active until at least 1999.
Features include results of a steering committee election, city-specific guides to ‘uniform parties’ and events, calls for ‘clear, hot-as-hell photos of a man in uniform,’ and official uniform regulations swiped from State Police offices. The visual focus for the unnumbered issue is ‘Poland’ and several young Polish soldiers are collaged and memorialized in uniform across multi-page spreads. No. 17’s focus is on baseball players, replete with a spread of ‘exclusive’ locker room photos. Other features include a Local Dispatches column detailing AUA events nationwide, a memo from a Canadian member detailing his traumatic experience with actual police in Toronto, and an insert for registering with the official 1982 AUA roster.
A provocative, tongue-in-cheek glimpse into the activity and inner workings of an alternative sexual community, demonstrating the scope and vibrancy of this community. OCLC notes only one entry as of June 2021 - at the Leather Archives and Museum, of later issues than the ones presented here.