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Gift guide: Gay & Lesbian

Editor Jason Heidemann's picks for the modern queer.


Booby call
Forget all the girl-on-girl nonsense geared toward straight men. It’s all queer ladies all the time at Juicy Pink Box ($25 per month), a porn site offering unscripted and unabashed erotic vignettes, created by and for lesbians. These beautifully shot, wetness-inducing videos feature a wide range of lesbian looks and body types, and in addition to JPB’s online vault, its first DVD collection, TAXI Volume 1, hits stores December 17. Available at TOC readers receive 15% off their first month of membership at

Big in Japan
L.A.-based shutterbug Tomoaki Hata’s new The Night Is Still Young (powerHouse, $24.95) offers a seedy and sequined look at Osaka’s drag scene over the past dozen years. Shot inside the tiny clubs crammed into the back alleys of the Umeda shopping district, these gorgeous glam pics provide a boozy yet glittery snapshot of Japan’s emerging queer culture. Available at

Mod about you
Gay men, always in search of the next great pair of fun-derwear, should turn their attention to Aussie-based Todd & Terry, a new retailer in men’s swimwear and undies. Check out their midcentury-inspired collection of cotton-spandex trunks and briefs ($15.50 per pair) featuring the kinds of groovy patterns and prints we can only hope Don Draper is wearing beneath those sharp suits. Available at

Man power
It’s Butt mag meets Boys Don’t Cry with S.F.-based Original Plumbing ($8), an edgy new trans quarterly that documents the FTM experience through photos, essays and in-depth interviews discussing safer sex, hormone therapy and much more. Oh, and as in Butt, there’s plenty of beefcake. Available at Quimby’s Bookstore, 1854 W North Ave (773-342-0910). One-year subscriptions are $35 at

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