| CHRISTOPHER HETZER, RN
Outside the animal naming of gay men, there is a complex structure for color coding sexual desires, communicated using a bandana. This color coded system originated just after the Gold Rush; When cowboys were the real deal. Due to a shortage in women, roles had to be assigned during square dancing. Those who wore blue bandanas took the male lead while those who wore red assumed the female position.
Fast forward to the 1970’s, the Hanky Code evolved into the modern day Flagging system for gay men to discreetly seek out a suitable partner for their favorite rendition of the horizontal “square dance,” usually taking place in a gay bar, bath house, or the home of a generous host. By the mid 1970’s the Hanky Code/Flagging became a staple of the modern leather culture. Although the Hanky Code is not used as frequently today, I encourage ALL of you to talk to each other honestly about your sexual wants and needs.
How did one wear the bandanas? Generally speaking, Tops would wear a bandana in LEFT pant pocket and Bottoms would wear a bandana in RIGHT pant pocket. The chart below includes only some of the main kinks, fetishes, and interests. Googling the Hanky Code, you will find an extensive list. (Leave it to the gays to color code every sexual fantasy!)
KNOW YOUR STATUS!!
No matter what your practice is this PRIDE:
Practice safe, and have some condom sense!