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The Advocate's practice of putting young gay men on the cover has drawn criticism and praise from all corners of the community, but it's a tradition that dates back to the magazine's very beginnings. Thirty-six years ago, amid headlines about murder and injustice, a blond blue-eyed 22-year-old go-go dancer named Dino Nova smiled out from the newsstands as the winner of The Advocate's Groovy Guy contest.

The then-fledgling monthly newspaper had launched the competition the previous year in part to help promote its existence, boost ad sales, and help unite the gay community of Los Angeles. The first Groovy Guy competition had been a modest success, with only seven contestants and about 150 in the audience. In 1969, however, the event took off, with 18 contestants and more than 700 people in attendance at the Los Angeles International Hotel. The annual event continued through 1972.
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Title Annotation:Groovy Guy contest
Author:Romesburg, Don
Publication:The Advocate (The national gay & lesbian newsmagazine)
Article Type:Brief Article
Geographic Code:1USA
Date:Aug 16, 2005
Words:145
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