First popularized in the ’70s, the Hanky Code began as a sly way to showcase sexual preferences for a community still largely in the closet. The tradition helped bring people together during one of the darkest periods in our history, yet the Hanky Code’s legacy has been largely forgotten by today’s young LGBTQ people who find sex with a tap and the share of their location.

“Connecting to my queer heritage is crucial,” illustrator-activist Andy Simmonds of Hey Rooney told OUT. “It is a terrible tragedy that there is an entire generation of LGBT people wiped out from HIV/AIDS who are not around now to impart their wisdom or help bridge the generational gap. I think a lot of us are feeling that disconnect, and we are finding ways to access our history.”

Scroll through Simmonds’ 12-part illustration for a brief foray into the practice.

Untucking the Queer History of the Colorful Hanky Code with Hey Rooney

Light Blue: Oral

Light Blue: Oral

 

Hunter Green: Daddy/Daddy Chaser

Hunter Green: Daddy/Daddy Chaser

 

Light Pink: Dildo F*cking

Light Pink: Dildo Fucking

 

Silver Lamé: Star/Starf*cker

Silver Lamé: Star/Starfucker

 

Red Gingam: Park Sex

Red Gingam: Park Sex

 

Yellow: Watersports/Piss Play

Yellow: Watersports/Piss Play

 

Red: Fisting

Red: Fisting

 

White: J/O

White: J/O

 

Lime Green: Looking for Dinner/Will Buy Dinner

Lime Green: Looking for Dinner/Will Buy Dinner

 

Black: S&M

Black: S&M

 

Magenta: Pits

Magenta: Pits

 

Lavender: Drag Queen/Drag Queen Chaser

Lavender: Drag Queen/Drag Queen Chaser

 

 

Check out the original story here: Out Magazine.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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