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A widely publicized memoir by one of his former girlfriends

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«The Crooked Man» depicted a dystopian future where homosexuality was the norm, heterosexuality was outlawed and angry anti straight mobs marched through the street chanting «make our city clean again!»Even the relatively progressive Esquire magazine had rejected the piece because it was too controversial.But Beaumont found a fan in a young Hugh Hefner, who agreed to run it in his Playboy magazine, then less than two years old.Outraged letters poured in to Playboy. Even readers of the pioneering nude publication found Beaumont’s tale of straight people canada goose outlet authentic dressing in drag and sneaking into dark barrooms tofind partners too offensive for their tastes.Hefner responded to the backlash in a defiant note. «If it was wrong to persecute heterosexuals in a homosexual society,» he wrote, «then the reverse was wrong, canada goose uk too.»The move wouldserve to represent an early example of Hefner’s lifelong commitment to gayrights, and civil rights in general. Hefner, who died Wednesday at 91, prided himself as an advocate for the LGBT community, taking public stands on high profile issues such as sodomy laws, same sex marriage and transgender rights well into his later years.The anecdote about «The Crooked Man» was little known until 2009 when it was highlighted in «Hugh Hefner: Playboy, Activist and Rebel,» a documentary on Hefner’s civil rights advocacy.Indeed, Hefner’s life was full of contradictions that are sure to be debated exhaustively in the days and weeks following his death. He portrayed himself and his magazine as defenders of women’s rights, but his critics have called him anything but, pointing to his rotating cast of girlfriends, multiple divorces and general objectification of women in the pages of Playboy («They are objects,» he once told Vanity Fair).A widely publicized memoir by one of his former girlfriends, Holly Madison, described a life of manipulation and constant fighting at the Playboy Mansion. Hefner was also accused last year of paving the way for Bill Cosby to drug and sexually assault a woman at the famed estate in 2008. Hefner denied the allegation.Hefner’s contradictions weren’t lost on the Advocate, a gay magazine that published a wide ranging interview with him in 1994.»What surprises me about that statement is that Playboy and you, of course, are both known as canada goose outlet online store review representations of male heterosexuality and, to some degree, the objectification of heterosexual women,» Yarbrough told him. «I’m surprised you recognize the issue of oppression concerning gays and lesbians so clearly at a time when most Americans still don’t.»Asked if he considered himself a gay rights activist, canada goose outlet Hefner responded that he had been a «human rights activist» from the magazine’s inception. He said he had canada goose outlet black friday campaigned against the nation’s sodomy laws, which criminalized certain sexual acts. «If the pursuit of happiness has any meaning at all as it is written in the Constitution, the government’s intruding into one’s bedroom, into personal sexual behaviors, is as unconstitutional as anything can be,» Hefner said.The interview also touched on the AIDS crisis, which «profoundly changed Hefner’s life» canada goose outlet belgium in the early 1980s, Yarbrough wrote. Hefner fixated on the disease soon after it was identified, he wrote, and used Playboy to keep a spotlight on the epidemic «with articles that examine everything from the disease’s origins canada goose outlet jackets to safer sex practices.»Hefner told the Advocate: «The only thing ‘wrong’ with AIDS is the way our government responded to it. They are culpable on many, many levels. I have chosen every aspect of human sexuality and the discrimination that goes along with some of those aspects as my major concern. Playboy helped her bounce back from the ordeal by publishing a photo series with Cossey, making her the magazine’s first openly transgender canada goose outlet real model.When the magazine reran the spread in 2015, Cosseythanked Hefner by name, sayingthe exposure helped her show that transgender women can be sexy. «I wanted to fight for the right of recognition,» she told Playboy. «That was my goal, and Playboy was a great platform for that.»Hefner came out forcefully in support of same sex marriage just as a groupofmarriage equality lawsuits were weaving through the federal court system. In a commentary in the canada goose outlet edmonton September 2012 issue of Playboy, Hefner, then 86, argued that same sex marriage was «a fight for all of our rights.»»Without it, we will turn back the sexual revolution and return to an earlier, puritanical time,» he wrote. He railed against people trying to «criminalize your entire sex life,» using canada goose outlet uk sale language that echoed his remarksto the Advocatedecades earlier.»No one should have to subjugate their religious freedom, and no one should have their personal freedoms infringed,» Hefner wrote. «This is America and we must protect the canadagooseonsale.biz rights of all Americans.».

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