Utopia In The Sun

ED: In the Christmas issue of GN, under the headline ‘Whatever Next?’ we printed a copy of a letter that was circulating in gay circles around and across the United States. It was concerned with the promotion of a ‘utopian’ project called City of Men. The organisers were attempting to set up a city for men only in an isolated tropical area. Printed below is a letter recently sent to Warren, the person who originally provided us with the text announcing the project’s intention.

2115 West Alabama 2CG
Houston, Texas 77006

Dear Warren,

You will doubtless be interested in the results of our CITY OF MEN project.

Due to your personal efforts at advertising this promotion, through providing a copy of my letter to you to the Gay News edition in London, we now have filled our quota of 200 members.

You will be pleased to know that not one member is:

1. a closet queen
2. a size queen
3. a limp-wristed swish
4. a transvestite
5. a masochist
6. a sadist
7. an orgy inducer
8. an insecure homosexual who must rely upon auto-stimulation and dildoes.

All are mature and oriented to a life of meaning beyond personal self-gratification. All are God-fearing men who are able to live before God without shame or stigma and are able to serve Christ in their lives.

We had over 2500 applications, but careful investigations and research helped to select the 200 members desired.

We were somewhat surprised to find that your name did not appear among the applications. After having served so faithfully and devotedly on our behalf, we must hasten to express our deepest appreciation and lasting thanks for your splendid co-operation and your personal interest.

The membership roster is now closed and your efforts on our behalf are completed. Again, our warmest and grateful thanks.

N. Barbee

ED: We wish all the members of this project the very best of luck. We would welcome correspondence from any person who became involved in the City Of Men venture by reading about it in this paper.

Whatever Next?

The following letter is currently circulating in gay circles around and across the USA. Gay News suggests you write for more details before sending off any cash.

November 6, 1972.

Box 795
Radio City Station,
New York, NY 10019

Like so many hundreds and thousands of men today, you doubtless have found life to be boring at times, even extremely lonely. You have periods of depression when you faced un-solvable hostile forces about you in society. Yet, you have dared to hope and to dream of the time when you would find fulfillment and a happiness which every man deserves. You have tenaciously hung on to your dream, hoping that somehow, someone and in some place you could find that incomparable friend and companion with whom you could spend your life doing those things you want to do without public or official interference, sharing your dreams together in a place where you would have rest and contentment and bliss!

If you still nourish and cherish that dream, you can make it come true now. A t last a band of dedicated men have banded together to make such a dream a reality and to do it in the shortest period of time possible. The group is Men Incorporated. They envision a City Of Men in a tropical locale where mutual fulfillment and mutual co-operation may provide a life free of problems, pressures, social condemnation, official interference, and personal frustration. This fantastic opportunity offers complete involvement, in manly love. Two hundred charter members are now being selected to prepare the plans and do the foundation work to make this City of Men a living reality.

Charter members will control the organisational setup of this tropical paradise and screen all future members. You are being offered the opportunity to join this charter membership, provided you act within sixty days. Since the Charter Members bear the responsibility of making this City of Men a success, these Charter members have the right to make a personal investment in Men Incorporated and to become officers in charge of planning and organisational set-up. Their decisions are binding upon the corporation in all matters which come up for consideration. Each Charter member who invests one thousand dollars to Men Incorporated for the purpose of establishing the City of Men will be appointed to a governing pose with authority over his specific department in the City of Men. Charter members investing five hundred dollars have voting rights in all matters coming up for decision, but have no specific governing authority. They, however, will hold advisory positions of importance. Charter members investing less than five hundred dollars will be permanent charter members of the council but with merely a voting right. The entire charter membership will vote on each additional future member of Men Incorporated and determine all new members’ status and responsibility in the City of Men.

This City of Men is to be a city of men only, located in an isolated tropical area where its members may live as they see fit and desire without local official interference. It is to be patterned to a great extent after ancient Greek culture and the addition of those elements of other cultures which enhance and promote its goals for individual and group communion, happiness and success.

You are invited to extend this same invitation to five other men of your acquaintance whom you feel would fit into this envisioned City of Men. But you must act within sixty days to be considered for Charter Membership.

Should you desire to take advantage of this utopian opportunity, send your $20 application fee, full photo (clothed or otherwise) physical description, educational background, professional or trade experience, and a frank and detailed statement of your personal preferences in private relationship with other men. This last item gives us the opportunity to make sure that our membership includes the type you desire to be associated with and live among. If you have a special male friend with whom you are living and wish to join as a “pair”, each should fill out an application and each naming the other as his paired “buddy” for the records. However, all details of application as stated above must still be submitted in full for the confidential records of Men Inc.

You may not wish to take advantage of this opportunity, but be sure that you make this opportunity known to your friends without the slightest delay. They may have been waiting for just this opportunity of a lifetime!

Send details and application fee to N. Barbee, 2115 W. Alabama, Houston, TX 77006.