U.S. Customs agents seize White Crane Journal as pornography
The issue, with the theme of "Community" features a cover photo by author and former Advocate editor and Mark Thompson, which is one in a series of photos Thompson took documenting the first radical faerie gathering in the Arizona desert in 1979.
White Crane has been touring a portion of that photographic study entitled Fellow Travelers to LGBT community centers around the U.S.
Customs agents apparently took one look at the four mud-caked male butts on the cover (in a photo that is, otherwise, a sea of mud-caked heads in a group hug) and seized it. The issue has been returned to the printer in Canada, and will be out to subscribers and bookstores in the next week.
White Crane is a reader-written journal of Gay wisdom and culture that is entering its 20th year of publishing. It is distributed in 23 countries and was a 2005 nominee for an Utne Independent Press award for spirituality coverage. It is published by White Crane Institute, a 501(c)(3) educational corporation, which also publishes books and sponsors the Gay Men's Health Leadership Academy and various other cultural projects in the LGBT community around the country.