BREAKING: Gay Former Staffer for Bobby Jindal: He Is Defined By The Anti-Gay Company He Keeps
by Andy TowleMay 4, 2012 | 10:55am
Paul R says
May 4, 2012 at 11:13 am
Kind of stupid but funny. I’ll always recall explaining the hankie code (not that I’ve ever used it) to a friend, and she couldn’t grasp it. I still recall the look of shock and confusion on her face, and she’s very gay friendly.
Kile Ozier says
May 4, 2012 at 11:30 am
despite the minuscule fact that they got the code wrong-ish…
Red = penetration
blue = s&m / leather
back in the day, anyway….
May 4, 2012 at 11:39 am
Here’s a link to a hanky code that is similar to one that was available at the Eagle in SF.
Red was fisting
Blue was anal sex
Yellow was water sports
Light Blue was oral
Brown was …guess…
May 4, 2012 at 11:50 am
May 4, 2012 at 11:55 am
I think that double fisting was intended as a joke. At least I hope so.
Keith in SF says
May 4, 2012 at 12:05 pm
Actually Orange is anything/anywhere. Look around for the Gay Monopoly game, the Community Chest cards are the Hanky Code.
May 4, 2012 at 12:17 pm
The hanky code has been somewhat defunct for years, and the unofficial list is so long there’s no hope anyone can remember the whole thing. It also never had anything to do with steam rooms.
May 4, 2012 at 12:32 pm
mr rainbow is me gusta
May 4, 2012 at 12:41 pm
Society has come a long way since the ‘good old days’ of hankie codes.
May 4, 2012 at 12:44 pm
Has anyone even used the hanky code since the guys in this video were born? It seems as antique a signifier of gayness as marcelled hair and a green carnation in your lapel.
May 4, 2012 at 1:24 pm
@Matt – that was my thought. But if anyone wants another link – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hanky_code
May 4, 2012 at 1:33 pm
@ ALEX : I like wearing a green carnation….
May 4, 2012 at 1:34 pm
I meant that for @MATT !!!
May 4, 2012 at 1:38 pm
A disgusting practice of an urban, gay male subculture that devalued love and intimacy and exalted anonymous, commercialized sex. The result of this and other practices of that urban was to lay down the conditions that made the AIDS epidemic possible. The sooner that Chelsea/Castro/WeHo subculture goes away, the better.
May 4, 2012 at 1:54 pm
Get off Vin’s lawn, everybody.
May 4, 2012 at 3:29 pm
who needs this anymore…Grindr anyone?
May 4, 2012 at 3:41 pm
Vin…Rick…f!ckface….troll. He goes by many names.
May 4, 2012 at 4:12 pm
Oh Vin. Get off your knees in the rest stop already, miss wide-stance. Kidding! not really.
May 4, 2012 at 4:45 pm
”back in the day”
there was no internet ,cell phone apps,
even many safe places to meet another gay person.
there wasn’t an open society;
there wasn’t a way to communicate sexual preference- the hanky’s were a way to find a partner quickly-about being upfront of who you are sexually …
May 4, 2012 at 5:24 pm
Wow. Labels, tags, marks, always useful. Especially for those who don’t know better.
May 4, 2012 at 5:52 pm
First of all.. in my world moustaches NEVER went out of style.
May 4, 2012 at 7:06 pm
The hankie code is still used, actually, but mostly in the leather/BDSM community. Benjamin’s are right, plus Black = heavy SM and gray = bondage, as far as the basics go.
May 4, 2012 at 7:40 pm
Sean Martin says
May 4, 2012 at 9:37 pm
Man, so wrong on so many levels… LOL
But to the guy who posted: “blue = s&m / leather” — nope, sorry, no consolation prize for you, bucko. Grey was light SM / black was heavy SM.
I used to know the whole damn thing… and its variants. For example, wrap anything in mosquito netting and you were saying you liked it outside.
And dont even ask about the lesbian version.
May 5, 2012 at 1:21 am
While working at an apartment complex in a suburb of Mobile, Alabama I overheard a couple kids (like 10-14 year olds) explaining the Hanky Code to one of their friends. I didn’t know whether to be amused that something I’d barely even heard about (I’m 32) had somehow percolated to those kids or horrified that THAT was the bit of GLBT history they were picking up.
Raymond Burgoon-Clark says
May 5, 2012 at 2:09 pm
Nobody really knows why the epidemic hit the urban leather/biker community so early and so hard. A great deal of “heavy” kink-play is relatively “safe” sex, compared to bareback anal sex.
Raunch probably played a part, but *I* ALWAYS washed my hands between red-on-the-right partners (grin).
May 5, 2012 at 2:10 pm
Now, how could anyone be scared of that incredibly cute boy with the rainbow hankie? He could convince me to do just about anything….
May 5, 2012 at 10:08 pm
Is it possible that back in the 70’s str8 men, in construction and heavy machine operators used that printed red hankie in all innocence? Watching that vid brought back vague childhood memories of men in those professions using that red style as both bandanas and hankies. Never thought they were secret gays or fetishists.
Ted B. (Charging Rhino) says
May 5, 2012 at 10:51 pm
Jackson, Your reaction must have been similar to mine when while sitting in a Barnes&Noble cafe’ and realizing that the four mixed-gender 10th(?)-graders in the adjacent booth were reading quietly-aloud to their friends their favorite passages from the “Beauty”-series of gay/bi S&M novels by A. N. Roquelaure (Ann Rice).
Tenth-grade straight kids reading gay prom???….YIKES.
The Claiming of Sleeping Beauty, Beauty’s Punishment and Beauty’s Release.
May 6, 2012 at 12:32 am
I hope it is a joke that the hankie code nonsense is making a comeback.
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