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Here's another gay fantasy publication — I'm sorry, "Boy's Book" — named Comrades. The title should be pronounced while making quotation marks with your fingers.

This 1894 issue is about Wild Dick. (Is it just me, or is a pattern emerging?) The sub-title "The Midnight Riders" makes it clear that "Wild Dick" ain't talking about just one guy.

Now, if you're feeling generous you might ignore the fact that the individual in the dress clearly has masculine facial features. That is, until you read the caption: "Aye! It is a girl," Gascoigne exclaimed; "Her shoulder is too soft for a boy's." And the handsome fellows in period finery close about the helpless lad.

I'm guessing roughly 45% of all transvestite erotica begins with this premise. The term "Gay Nineties" starts to make sense.

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