First observation — I like the quality of Gay News. Its stiffness is nice to handle.
Secondly – congratulations to be conveyed to our friends who posed uninhibitedly for us in No 4. No 4 edition, I mean. Thanks Graham and Denis.
Third — a nod of appreciation to the lady whose husband has discovered sex and in consequence would banish us all to another planet. Just think — all of us, young/old/middle aged/ and don’t care a damn – all waiting to greet the next batch of astronauts! Some, no doubt, have odd tastes and would be willing to accept the Australian shop lifters, male models, actos and others who are too shy to carry on their craft under the hot antipodean sun.
Fourth – apart from Denys, who must be exhausted working so hard to give us an occasional smile, there isn’t much humour, is there? Liberation Fronts, etc. all sound so serious. Surely our fronts have been liberated since the beginning of time! And we do laugh at ourselves — Our Creator saw to that … which is more than can be said about our ‘virile’ sportsmen and their maidenly coiffures.
Fifth — best wishes and may you continue to swell — in circulation.
Bye for now. Take care and endeavour to remember those wise words we must have read in the Throne Room — ‘Put it away you may be on Candid Camera’.
TIME WASTING POLICY
I have paid just over double the subscription because I noted the comments in the Editorial, namely the struggle to survive, and although this isn’t much. I’m sure it’s better than nothing.
I think it’s a great pity that a gay “newspaper” can’t be subsidised by the large gay groups which have been formed, as the Labour Weekly is supported by subscriptions and the Labour Party etc.
I have enjoyed Gay News 5 and am sorry that I had not heard of the paper earlier, it was only by seeing an advert inserted by a Manchester shop in an underground paper that I became aware of it.
I cannot go into detail as to which articles I enjoyed most as I am sure you haven’t the time for long letters.
But the one I must mention was the article on police harassment, they (the police) are always crying out what a tough job they have and manpower shortages, but they show up in great force for such things as harassing minority groups, such as our own and flexing their muscles with miners, dockers etc.
PS Lots of luck with the paper. I sincerely hope that it does not fail like the previous mags etc.
New Gay News Logo
Dear Gay News,
With regard to your Issue No 6 and the prize competition for a motif, I would put up the suggestion that this is ”two clasped hands” as you see lovers do, not a handshake, but down by the side of the legs.
To your readers this would symbolise unity, friendship, comradeship, a sense of ”belonging to” — a sign that would mean much to them. You could also bring out a small discreet lapel button, or pin, that they could wear and instantly recognise one another.
I am not good at art work, suggest the outline of one side, showing left leg and left arm with right leg and right arm on the other side, with the hands clasped near the seam of the trousers.
If you consider this good enough, will be delighted to have dinner with Julian Denys Grinspoon and also try out the Safari in the Biograph.
I am a bit shy about publishing my name and address, so you could place a line or so in the Gay News under ”Jack” giving your verdict and perhaps then I could arrange a date with Julian from your London Street Office.
The writer of ‘The Piccadilly Affair‘, unless he has his tongue in his cheek, surely illustrates to perfection the naivete of homosexuals. He meets a ‘golden boy’ and this is it!!! Well, there can be love at first sight, but it’s probably wise for all of us to realise that love at first sight is probably sex at first sight, and that sex at first sight is not worth breaking your heart over, however hard it is on the wallet!
Love is something that has to be worked for very hard, very slowly, very patiently, especially among gay people, and ‘in love’ certainly isn’t the same as the love that leads to an attempt at a personal relationship.
The writers poem is by A. E. Housman, I think. Surely its most significant line is:
“You are not a god, you are the boy I am.”
One of the biggest difficulties a gay person faces is that he can only love someone like himself; in mirror image, if you like. And it is rather boring to be faced with yourself all the time. Straights do have it easier, since men and women are different, emotionally as well.
Perhaps you’ll publish this as a follow up to ‘I’m tired of being gay’. You paper appears to be moving in the right direction, away from the adolescent idea that sexual freedom means sexual licence = liberation, towards a more thoughtful attitude towards our situation.
J. H. Maynard
No love at GLF
Dear Gay News,
I came across your paper (issue 3) at a GLF meeting which I have recently discovered. I am not too happy with GLF as yet — it seems to be completely disorganised, and plagued with bitchy backbiters. I would like to see some of the love-one-another in evidence which is so fondly preached about. If we cannot display and practice this among ourselves – we may as well hang up our shovels and join the sick-sick world as it has been created up to date. A world so full of despair and man’s inhumanity to man, where true love is so conspicuous by its absence.
A further thing which impressed me at the recent GLF meeting which I attended was the apparent meanness of most of those attending. Unless of course they were all very poor and living on the breadline so to speak — which I doubt. If we gays are not prepared to support financially in a reasonable way the movement which is endeavouring to regain the freedom which is rightfully ours, then there is no good crowing about what we haven’t got. It must be obvious to all concerned that in this very material world, little or nothing, usually nothing, can be achieved without money. Therefore surely we should all be prepared to give as generously as possible.
On the other hand there should also be an efficient and business-like method of governing the finances of GLF. There was not much evidence of this that I could see.
What are the answers to these problems? I dunno! Perhaps for the former a rhymed slogan which becomes the motto for GLF and is a constant reminder to all members to display love, charity and understanding to all their brothers and sisters — whether gay or not. Further that no contemptuous thoughts or remarks or discrimination should be held in abeyance.
The problem of finances – again I dunno! Maybe an occasional donations week — where all donations are gratefully received and the sum result of the gathering is published the following week. Remember the orthodox — and the unorthodox churches are fond of doing this. If there is a hole somewhere or the roof blows off, a notice for donations usually goes up outside.
The third one — business procedure – again, I dunno! What I do know is that there are many finer heads than mine, who can get their brains ticking over and come up with answers to all these problems.
Then it is up to all those professing to be gay and desiring to regain their freedom to give them their full support.
I was glad to find Gay News. I enjoyed reading it.
It is like a breath of clean air, a light shining in the wilderness – long may you shine and your light grow brighter,
With love from
Like that other Queen, I was ‘not amused’ by the comments of BN, a member of CHE, who has the audacity to throw mud at Gay News.
Anyone who has suffered membership of that organisation, must be all too painfully aware of the trite, miserable contents of their own publications, producing a bellyful of moans month after month.
Six months of that rubbish was more than enough for me.
CHE seems to be made up of a vociferous minority of intellectual Tory (another dirty four-letter word) snobs, who hope to change laws in this Capitalist ridden country. What a hope! Leo Abse was wise enough to know that any change can only come about under Socialist administration. What a shower the CHE people put on in that BBC2 programme a few months ago – did anyone understand it?
It has for a long time seemed to me that what is needed, even indeed more than the publication of this newspaper which presumably circulates throughout most of the UK, is a definite Gay Club in London with possible provincial branches, along the lines popular in some Continental countries. Without too much profit motive either, but a meeting place large enough to accomodate dancing, bars, theatre/cinema, baths etc. Perhaps the YMCA would care to donate?
I should be interested to hear other readers’ views.
My best wishes for the future,
“Lady” Rona Gainsborough.
Dear Gay News,
I don’t know if you’ve experience of the latest pig-trickery. They now send their sows round the trolling areas as I recently found out at Twickenham Green.
Beware of the “nice” little old ladies in light green macs out for walkies with their labradors. You can imagine the embarrassment when they start bawling at you in front of passers-by.