Mandate (magazine)

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Mandate (3/2005)
Editor-in-Chief George Walker
Categories Gay pornographic magazine
Frequency Monthly
Circulation 115,000
Publisher Tony DeStefano
Year founded 1975
Final issue 2009
Company Mavety Media Group Ltd.
Country  United States
Language English
Website (official website no longer exists)
ISSN 0360-1005

Mandate was a monthly gay pornographic magazine. It was published in the United States and distributed internationally since April, 1975. Together with the other magazines of the Mavety Group, such as Black Inches, it folded in 2009.[1]


Modernismo Publications, Ltd. (MP) were publishers of Mandate, Honcho, and Playguy, popular gay men's magazines. MP was founded in 1974 by George Mavety with the publication of Dilettante, which folded in March 1975. The following month, its successor, Mandate, appeared on the newsstands under the editorship of John Devere.

Mandate was conceived as a magazine of erotica, news and entertainment for gay men. Each monthly issue, in addition to exhibiting artistic displays of male nudes and erotic fiction, contained reviews of books, motion pictures and sound recordings of interest to the gay community and reported on social, political and cultural events related to the movement for gay liberation.

Joseph Arsenault succeeded Devere as editor. By the time Sam Staggs succeeded to its editorship, following Arsenault, Mandate claimed a circulation of over 100,000 and enjoyed a reputation as the most important gay men's magazine in America. Staggs' dream was to make it the gay equivalent of Playboy.

Following the death of editor and novelist Stan Leventhal, the neglected Mandate was revitalized by Doug McClemont. McClemont was appointed Editor-in-Chief during the crucial period of the mid-1990s when gay sexuality was arguably at its most transitional point. The AIDS crisis had altered the way porn and same-sex relations were perceived by the general public.

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  1. See Kit Christopher & Joe Thompson, "Mavety Media: The Rise and Fall of Socially Redeeming Content," Unzipped (October, 2009), 10–11.

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