Sexy and Campy

Before the pandemic, there were a group of men who’d have a get together every month at one of the bars in Burlington to party and raise some money for charity. It was the only gay men’s event I knew of. The group is called Burly Bears, and the monthly events were always fun when I’d go. Burly Bears has been getting together for 16 years. While the Burly Bears were not able to get together during most of the pandemic, and I have not been to one since 2019, it looks like they are trying to get back to doing this monthly.

There’s one on the last Friday in January for the Burly Bears Birthday Bash. Each of the events has a theme and suggestion for how to dress. This event will be “70s Sexy.” I doubt I’ll go, but it is always fun trying to decide what to wear to one of these things. I was born in ‘77, so I don’t remember the 70s, and it’s too recent of a history for me to have studied. If I was going to go, I’m not sure what I’d wear. 

I’d considered this Tom of Finland t-shirt with a pair of jeans, but I can only find it on Amazon from a place in Thailand. It wouldn’t arrive until at least next month. I thought this shirt could classify as both sexy and campy. However, without that possibility, I’m kind of at a loss. Any suggestions? I would prefer campy but not too outrageous because I’m pretty sure I can’t pull off sexy.

About Joe

I began my life in the South and for five years lived as a closeted teacher, but am now making a new life for myself as an oral historian in New England. I think my life will work out the way it was always meant to be. That doesn't mean there won't be ups and downs; that's all part of life. It means I just have to be patient. I feel like October 7, 2015 is my new birthday. It's a beginning filled with great hope. It's a second chance to live my life…not anyone else's. My profile picture is "David and Me," 2001 painting by artist Steve Walker. It happens to be one of my favorite modern gay art pieces. View all posts by Joe

4 responses to “Sexy and Campy

  • britt69isme

    I’m assured that you can pull off sexy! I encourage you to go even without period dress, just get out there and mingle 😜

    • iameverywhere1

      I’m with Britt69isme. Sexy’s more an element within images we create than anything else. It can be described in either of two ways: physically and emotionally, and if you don’t see yourself in one of those categories place yourself in the other. People may see you and think of how marvelous a person you are as opposed to svelte. So many of us are no longer svelte but still very nice people. Perhaps worry less about appearance and more about being the Joe we all love and cherish. Personality is much longer lasting than appearance. Go out and knock ’em dead.

  • killian Smith

    Just my own personal opinion I believe this thin male model should have been in red designer underwear to match the designer T shirt especially if the desired effect was for maximum impact guaranteed !✈️

  • trevnral

    Just wear jeans and a t-shirt. Black shoes or boots and a leather coat if you have them. Accessorize with a black belt, shades and a bandana. Isn’t there some kind of ‘hanky code’ that was popularized in the 70s? I don’t know. Tell us how it goes.

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