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The nearly-forgotten ‘Michael’s Thing,’ New York’s premiere gay mag from 1970 – 2000

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Those of you watching HBO’s The Deuce will probably remember a recent scene in a recent episode that finds Vince Martino (James Franco, who also plays his twin brother) inquiring about a gay bar guide, asking a bartender, “The gay one, too?

What’s it called? ‘Michael’s Stick’?”The bartender clarifies: The name is Michael’s Thing.Related: PHOTOS: These Vintage Gay Pride Photos Are Absolutely EverythingAs Dangerous Minds reports, this was a real publication that ran for over a thousand issues, although it seems few issues were ever archived and there’s hardly any mention of the magazine on the Internet.After a bit of sleuthing, Dangerous Minds unearthed a bit of history about Michael’s Thing, including this tribute to the publication written.

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