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  •  Although it should be said that a good many of (8+ / 0-)

    "the regulars" were in fact married "straight" men.

    That is, the trade, especially "rough trade" or those who accepted money for sex (frequently younger men who knew they could get a quick few bucks from an older man), was often married "straight" men.

    Many a young "straight man" found he could get a boost up in income and a head start in life by having sex for money.  Arnold Schwarzeneggar "hung out" with a lot of gay men in his early days in Calfornia, for example, and gained a lot of connections that way.

    "Arnold has had a long association with rich gay men," according to Wendy Leigh, author of Schwarzenegger: An Unauthorized Biography. "When he moved to England [around the time of his first Mr. Universe title in 1967], John Dixey, a British businessman and well-known aficionado of muscle boys, was very, very kind to Arnold. You have to understand, before Arnold came on the scene, it was common currency that bodybuilders were less than macho - it was absolutely given and accepted that they supported themselves by catering to the tastes of wealthy gay men."

    Another of Schwarzenegger's early benefactors, Leigh says, was Paco Arce Gomez, a Spanish millionaire and renowned gay playboy. In a 1992 Spy magazine profile of the Conan the Barbarian star, Arce was credited as the lens man behind a series of photos from the Austrian's early days, showing him "eating breakfast off of very fancy china wearing a tank top and tight underwear." (Schwarzenegger also posed nude for homoerotic photog Robert Mapplethorpe at least three times in the seventies and famously appeared naked in a 22-photo spread in now-defunct gay rag After Dark.)

    Paul Barresi, an L.A.-based private investigator who claims P.I. Anthony Pellicano hired him before the 2002 election to "look into" any compromising relationships the then-prospective candidate still had in the demimonde, said he was "shocked that Arnold would turn his back on the very people who were obviously so helpful to him. In fact, Arnold even met his wife, Maria [Shriver], though his friendship with a gay member of Maria's family."

    "The law is meant to be my servant and not my master, still less my torturer and my murderer." -- James Baldwin. July 11, 1966.

    by YucatanMan on Sat Feb 09, 2013 at 08:34:46 PM PST

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