Councillor Gay

19721001-04DURHAM: The city now has a Gay Lib councillor. For Sam Green has won the Crossgate seat on the council for the Liberal Party. And throughout his election campaign he has made a point of telling people he belonged to GLF. And you can’t get more honest than that.

Sam’s gay honesty impressed the people of Durham so much he ousted the sitting councillor who had been there for 18 years.

Sam, who is a 31-year-old psychiatric nurse, has tried to get on the council twice before.

He told Gay News: “I have made a point of telling my friends at work and in the Liberal Party that I am gay, and have found no real opposition from them.

“So when I was contesting the local election in Durham I pointed out I was a member of the Gay Libs in the same way that other candidates point out that they are members of the Rotary Club or sit as school governors. The press followed with banner headlines ‘candidate is member of Gay organisation’ and my opponent travelled the ward telling everyone I was ‘one of those’, a puff, a nancy boy, and spent most of his time sounding off about the corruption of youth etc.

“The silent majority – the lot that is supposed to want homosexual oppression were not silent. The dear old ladies would come to their doors and say ‘I’ve been a Conservative all my life but I am voting for you. GET HIM OUT!!’

“I think people are not really interested in our private sex lives, but I do think my election result shows that if we present our case fairly and do not project our own failings and weaknesses onto others, we will win through. But we must keep faith in ourselves, queens, faggots, cottagers, CHE, Gay Libbers.

“The main tactic of all oppressors of demo-cratic traditions is to cloud the issues. We must not by our tactics give them a chance, but fight for democracy with a truly libertarian society with tolerance for all.”

It is more than a personal victory for Sam or just a victory for gays, he is also the Liberal’s first councillor in Durham in living memory.

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  1. Thanks for running this. I knew Sam when he was our local councillor, and live in the house he grew up in (he told me it was up for sale again). Sam was a one-off: I used to say that the Durham Advertiser kept the line “Councillor Green’s motion then failed to find a seconder” permanently set in type. His proposals were either completely left field or ahead of their time.

    Granada TV’s World in Action devoted a programme to him, which I believe was broadcast on 5 March 1973. IMDB has an entry about the programme:

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