TWO

The Homosexual Viewpoint in Canada

1964-1966

 

TWO was published by Rick Kerr, and the office address given was that of the Melody Room
(457 Church Street, Toronto), one of two gay clubs he owned (the other being the Music Room).
The magazine name was obviously inspired by the American homophile publication "TWO
(Truth Will Out)," a supplement to the magazine One, which began in 1953. With issue #6 the subtitle
was dropped from the covers. The publisher name was initially Gayboy Publishing, and quickly
changed to Kamp Publishing LTD.

The magazine's content was eclectic, with articles, local drag revue coverage, stories, and lots of teen
model physique photography. Of the six issues in my collection, totaling 164 pages, physique
photography made up half (82 pages). And the obvious reason was that Kerr also owned two
studios, Rik Art and Can Art. He sold photos and books of the photography, advertised of
course in the magazine. In TWO there were no nudes, and the "naughty parts" were blacked
out with pouch-shaped black marker, a little distracting. It was sized 5 1/2" x 8 1/2"

The original Editor, Claude Collier, left after three issues, as he felt Kerr was more interesting
in turning it into a physique magazine, than in actual written content. Several pseudonyms
of Kerr's can be found in various aspects, as author (Edmond Kaye), and editor (Alex Edmond).
The last issue of TWO (number eleven) was published in July-August 1966, and it has been
speculated that when Kerr sold his clubs he stopped the publication as well.

**Little can be found online regarding this history, so I was very pleased to find the information
above as part of "A Brief History of GAY: Canada's First Gay Tabloid, 1964-1966," by Donald W. McLeod.
"Gay" was the main competitor of TWO, though they really were aimed at different markets,
with "Gay" being more international.



TWO
1964-1966

Volume 1Volume 3Volume 4Volume 5Volume 6Volume 7
Volume 8Volume 9Volume 10

and, #2

Volume 2  

Below, I do not own #2 or the last issue, #11, but have found a cover scan for one of them.
If anyone can provide me with scans of the others,
I would be most appreciative. I'd love to make that info available here.
Please email me.

The above journal publication gives an excellent telling of this
story. It is likely a bit hard to find but worth the trouble.