Last month I went to the Coronation of the Oedipus Rex LXXVI. Oedipus is Michael's motorcycle gang. There were about 100 men (and me) celebrating the coronation. This particular photo is of the new Rex and one of the Satyrs, the "rival gang" paying homage.
Oedipus Motorcycle Club (OMC) has been in existence for 49 years. They have scrapbooks with photos from as far back as 1958. The history of the gay motorcycle community is incredibly rich. I spent nearly the entire night combing the scrapbooks. If a movie hadn't already been made about the oldest gay motorcycle club, the Satyrs, called Original Pride, I'd want to do one. I'm thinking about some other ideas though.
The photos of gay men in 1958 with their bikes - how incredible, and incredibly different it must have been.
I have the DVD of Original Pride at home if anyone ever wants to see it.
There are actually a bunch of gay motorcycle gangs (they officially call them clubs but I like gangs better). Just in Los Angeles alone there is Satyrs, Oedipus, Warriors, LOBOC and probably one or two others I can't remember.
Anyway, this weekend, Oedipus made me an Associate Member! I'm officially a (associate) member of a gay biker gang. I am sincerely incredibly honored to be a part of the history. The next board meeting (yes, they have board meetings) is going to be at our house.
Now I'm really going to have to learn to ride.