THE GAY NEWS
- Richard Adams
- Martin Corbett
- Ian Dunn
- Denis Lemon
- Glenys Parry
- Suki J. Pitcher
- Doug Pollard
- David Seligman
- Jean-Claude Thevenin
GAY NEWS SPECIAL FRIENDS
- Roger Baker
- Graham Chapman
- John Chesterman
- Lawrence Collinson
- Ian D. Baker
- Antony Grey
- Julian D’ Grinspoon
- Peter MacMillan
- Denis Cohn
- Sylvia Room
- Manus Sasonkin
- David Sherlock
- Brian Dax
- Mike Winters
SPECIAL THANKS TO:
- Andrew & Peter
- Jane & Shaun
- Richard & Norman
- Ken & Allan
- Michael, Angus & Ken
- and all the other
Friends & Loved Ones.
|Summer News||Page 3|
|Gay Pride Illustrations||Page 5|
|2032 : A Gay Odyssey||Page 6|
|The Biograph Reviews||Page 7|
|V.D. – A Reply||Page 8|
|Mrs.Gayle’s Diary||Page 9|
|Personal Ads||Page 11|
|Het Another||Page 12|
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This, the third issue of Gay News, will be coming to you after we of the paper’s collective have been to the House of Commons to talk with members of Parliament who are sympathetic to and interested in the paper you are holding. The M.P.’s we are to meet, like many other valued members of society, have been outraged by the recent House of Lords decision that still allows it to be a criminal offence to ‘conspire’ to help relieve peoples isolation and loneliness. And so what if some of the people who use the personal column of this paper are only interested in a bit of fun or a form of excitement. Why should it be illegal for people to indulge in their fantasy’s and possibly contact someone they might not have otherwise met; with whom they might have an extremely rewarding sexual union., and maybe more.
We apologise for continually referring, in Gay News’ pages, to this somewhat ‘queer’ legal situation, but whilst the threat of possible prosecution (because of the perpetuating of these archaic laws) hangs over this papers existence, we would like to remind you of the possible consequences of our actions and keep you informed of any further developments. In issue No. 4 we will tell you of the outcome of our visit to Our seat of Parliament. For now, keep the ads coming. We will print them.
The feedback from you, the papers readers, has so far been favourable. You seem to have been interested and amused by its contents. A particularly popular feature so far has proved to be The Biograph Reviews, although not to all, who accuse us of encouraging gays to perpetuate parts of gay life which seemingly aren’t acceptable to heterosexuals. Gay News and Grinspoon wish neither to encourage or discourage, just to inform in the manner that seems fitting. Another popular regular is the Het of the Month spot. Although we seem to be having quite a run of Hets; in the future we shall be featuring a few notable and ‘infamous’ Gays that hopefully are known and loved by many of you.
One criticism. which was shared by many of you was that issue No. 2 was slanted too much in one direction. This sometimes seems as if it will be inevitable, although we shall constantly strive to keep a fair balance on the news, features etc. that will go into each edition. Please carry on letting us have your reactions to Gay News, no matter how trivial they may seem to you, or how heavily critical they may be of us. Gay News, if it is truely to be your paper needs these reactions, as it does your news, articles and information.
Some people may have found that this issue has taken slightly longer to reach them than will be usual. This is because we have been devoting a lot of time to expanding the outlets for Gay News. As you will see from the reproduced letter from W.H. Smith’s we have been having difficulty in finding a major distributor. Menzies, to date, have not even bothered to reply to the letter sent to them some time ago, asking them if they would be interested in making the paper more freely available. We take it that then answer is no too. I suppose we always knew that this would be the situation. So we have undertaken to distribute the paper ourselves as widely as possible. With your continued help, and the people who are at present stocking or finding new outlets, you should soon find it an easier task to find this newspaper. From this issue onwards we shall print a list of the outlets for Gay News both in and out of London. And to those of you who buy your copy in a gay pub that is friendly to us we will continue to interupt your conversations, drinking and general socialising, although not rudely we hope. Those of us who are selling Gay News in this way wish to thank you for your patience, understanding and encouragement.
Lastly, if there are any aspiring but good drag artists, who would possibly he attracted to turning a West London pub onto drag, could they please get in touch with the Gay Creations Department of Gay News. It would he helpful if you had your own amplifier and other necessary hits and pieces. We look forward to hearing from you, as we do from All of you.
ALL LETTERS RECEIVED BY GAY NEWS ARE LIABLE TO BE PUBLISHED UNLESS YOU STATE OTHERWISE.
I and my fellow Gays here have read with interest the account of your new venture “Gay News” in Alan Brians Diary in the Sunday Times, of June 25th.
Here in Malta we have formed a Gay Circle consisting of seven Maltese three English and two Italians, ages between 18 and 69 (the latter one of our most active members).
It has long been our wish to contact visiting gays of any nationality and to give them hospitality. All of us have our own accommodation and can put up suitable visitors with similar tastes. We know how difficult it is for strangers in a strange land.
All of our circle are attractive especially the Maltese who are in the 18-24 year group. These boys are most appealing having beautiful eyes, sensuous and accommodating mouths, and beautifully experienced fingers. All are slim and most seductive. We are all two way operators and everything goes for us except whipping. That is the only thing we bar.
We understand that you cannot print gay lonely hearts ads in your magazine but we would be most grateful if you could pass the news of our existence in your circles.
We would like to subscribe to your magazine but police cencorship of magazines is so tough here it would be dangerous for us to receive it.
In any course we understand that all letters will be answered so who knows you may get us some contacts.
If any visiting gays want to contact our circle will they please contact me by letter first stating their likes and dislikes, their preferences or desires and I am sure they can be well accommodated.
Best wishes for the success of Gay News.
Che Kent Youth Group
1, Trinity Road,
8th July, 1972
Dear Gay News,
I am very impressed with both issues so far, I think your format, articles and layout is just great, please keep it up and don’t for goodness sake fold up will you?!! Can you find a space somewhere just to ask if there’s anyone in Kent, especially S.E. Kent who reads Gay News and hasn’t joined either CHE or GLF and is willing to help me get things going in this “respectable” seaside resort. So far I am having to do all the leafletting, sticker sticking and campaigning work by myself which beside being time consuming can be rather disheartening too. So please all you young active gay guys and girls if you’re reading this and want to help drop us a line for heaven’s sake!
Dear Gay News,
I do not usually write congratulatory letters so consider yourselves honoured.
The only sour note was the ‘Het of the Month’ bit – I’d call that a scandalous liberty, in the case of issue No.1. There is, I contend, no evidence whatever to suggest that Cliff Richard is heterosexual.
HANDS OFF !!!
AN OPEN LETTER TO THE
GENERAL POST OFFICE.
We feel flattered that members of the GPO are interested enough in Gay News to the extent that they wish to acquire copies. But please, could you buy them like everyone else. If you write to us we will tell you your nearest stockist, or alternatively, why don’t you take out a subscription?
It is very naughty to open up our parcels and pinch copies; it upsets the person receiving the parcel, not only because copies are missing but because the then tatty parcels don’t protect the rest of the papers very well. We get upset too because we lose money that is needed and it makes life hell for the person keeping the books.
Latest example of this petty pilfering reported to us is the strange disappearance of 4 copies from a parcel sent to Birmingham.
Please stop it!
Gay News collective.
Frogmen on a routine training session discovered the body of twentythree year old Paul Duval lying face-down in the bushes.
A post mortem revealed that Paul had been murdered late Thursday evening and had died due to multiple injuries inflicted by a knife to the heart and chest area.
One theory currently being investigated by police is that Paul was murdered for rebuking another man’s sexual advances.
The National press and local Radio have repeatedly reported over the last 12 days that the area where the body was found is a popular gay meeting place, a sort of miniature Hampstead Heath.
A local police spokesman, who has been attached to Slough Police Station for the last ten years, said that the area, to the best of his knowledge, was only frequented by ‘fishermen’ at night time. Furthermore, any reports in the national press stating this area to be frequented by homosexuals was complete and utter fabrication acting only as a cheap booster to the reportage of that particular national newspaper.
The Evening News and the Evening Standard have both over the last week stated categorically and supported by their police spokesman, that the Colnbrook area is crawling with homosexuals at night time. ‘These views” said our spokesman, “are completely unfounded and would not be supported by any officer attached to this station.”
The G.L.F. commune in Brixton has been forced to leave for quieter shores, after having been under seige by the local kids from Tulse Hill Comprehensive. The communards made no attempt to hide who or what they are, and as a result suffered considerable persecution. Some were attacked individually (one guy had a milk bottle smashed over his head), but the house was attacked almost nightly; bricks and bottles were thrown through windows, and on one occasion a fight began when a group of boys broke down the front door and tried to get in. Chief Inspector Peter Brooks, community liason officer at Brixton Police Station, said “We are aware of the situation at the school and are keeping an eye on it”.
Since the trouble had come from the school-children, it seemed logical to go and talk to them. However, the communards were not well received when they attempted to leaflet during the lunch break, and the headmaster called the police to remove them. “I have had no formal complaints about any attacks by boys. Our objective (in calling the police) was to get these people away from the boys and off the school premises. If they want to discuss the situation formally I shall be happy to consider doing so but I will not be put under any duress by demonstrations of this sort.” said the headmaster. Does nothing happen at that school until it is ‘formally’ noted?
With little help from either the local community of the police, the situation did not improve, and the commune was eventually asked to move out by the agents from whom they were renting the house because of the continued damage and disturbance. One boy was suspended from the school for assisting them to leaflet there. And so the commune is now in temporary quarters in Notting Hill. There seems to have been little else left to do, but it seems appalling that a group of gay people should have to face such hostility alone.
If they had been a black family then there a at least have been some protection from the law to assist them in combatting the violent prejudices of the local inhabitants. As it is, gay people must either hide away in ‘safe’ areas or masquerade as straight if they wish to be left in peace. The attempt to set up an openly fay commune in an area like Brixton and the reactions to it prove we still have a long way to go before we are accepted.
On June 21st the five members of CHE arrested for obstruction outside Samantha’s club, Manchester (see Gay News 1.) were acquitted of the charge.
Police evidence stated that the two woman, Glenys Parry and Liz Stanley were standing on either side of the club door trying to prevent two men from entering the club. They also stated that the doorman was present, but neither the doorman nor the two obstructed club members were in court.
The evidence of the accused and an independent witness consistently denied the presence of any men or the doorman; they stated that they had been walking quickly along the street, crossing over and returning on the opposite side, making it impossible for any members to be inconvenienced.
The two police witnesses did not agree between themselves on the nature of the obstruction caused by the three male defendants, The hearing lasted two hours, after which the magistrates dismissed the charge.
Police comment to one of the defendants: “I’ll get you next time.”
Che’s all-London Congress could, depending on your standpoint, be regarded as a success. Quite a few ideas were aired, there was none of the tension that has sometimes characterized previous mass meetings. The platform had been wreathed with flowers. Maybe thats why. About 200 people turned up and sat in grave rows in the Holborn Assembly Rooms. Gavin chaired alone, deciding (rightly) we could do without a line of glum celebrities flanking him.
Most of the time was spent discussing the Che club. The establishment of a nation-wide series of non-profit making, well equipped clubs for homosexual men and women is one of Che’s prime aims. It looks as though it is up to London Che to do it being bigger and therefore richer (though not necessarily wiser) than the provincial groups.
The treasurer told us early that the Building Fund now stood at £449.96. A great deal of discussion ensued about priorities – that is, should this club start right off as a sort of C.O.C. enterprise, or was the acquisition of a small permanent office more important just now? David Bell claimed that the Che club would “be the one thing that Che is known for the world over”. Gavin decided it was not very rewarding to look to Europe where things were different and had been so for some lime.
A few lone voices expressed doubt about the wisdom of apparently competing with existing gay clubs, and someone else told us to avoid the church hall syndrome since members wouldn’t come to meetings.
However, this wasn’t exactly supported as the entire meeting heavily agreed that they would attend Che meetings no matter where they were held. The temperature rose just before half time when one guy, obviously cheesed off with the debating stood up and threw a 50p piece on the floor and bullied everyone to do the same. His idea was action now and to hell with the chat. His enthusiasm was partly infectious as that little episode added an instant £70.86 to the Building Fund.
There was some inconclusive chat about Che’s central London groups and the growing number of local ones. We heard that gramophone enthusiasts, poetry-lovers, drama-buffs, car rally maniacs, musical souls, sporting types were now being catered for by a series of groups set up to pursue these hobbies. There was to be a choir as well, and a sports club. And a dining club.
The assembly was intended to provide an opportunity for members to sound off about Che, to criticize and make suggestions. So the larger part of time was spent, inevitably, on internal topics. But the meeting was opened and closed by discussion of more general and more relevant topic. Immediately the dynamic Jacquie Forster of Sappho harrangued the meeting about male-domination of Che. “Do you spend any time at all thinking about Lesbians?” she cried, “equality must mean more girls in Che”. And we agreed. There was, she added, no evidence of any campaigning activities. And why not? The IT case was touched upon, but briefly with a reminder that a great many people had written letters to all sorts of publications and indeed, that week Che had scored highly with letters published.
Altogether the meeting produced a tremendous feeling of unity, enthusiasm and confidence that in London Che is doing the right thing and beginning to do it rather well.
“What Are We Going To Do About It?”
Gay Lib hold regular dances in London, and most of them nowadays are at Fulham Town Hall. They are openly advertised and open to all and this combination of factors has led to troubles which may mean the end of dances at Fulham.
The trouble has been caused by local louts who seem to think that queer-bashing and baiting is a fun way to round off an evening out. At the last two dances there have been bunches of them hanging around outside, especially towards the end of the dance and attempts have been made to dissuade them from causing trouble, but without success. In part this would seem to be a result of the tacit support they receive from the local police.
One guy in drag is standing at the entrance to the hall when some of these kids come by and start to make fun of him. “You a fellah? Show us your cock then!” So, entering into the spirit of things, he does. They then try to start a fight because he flashed his cock in front of ‘their’ girls (jealous, perhaps?).
Later on, same evening. Two guys leave hand in hand. From across the road a group jeers and one or two of them throw things. It looks as if they might attack. So our intrepid twosome take the offensive, and chase them off, brandishing milk bottles. As the group disappears, they turn back and head for the station, returning the bottles to their crate. Very shortly after this, they are arrested by the ever-vigilant local constabulary for possessing offensive weapons.
Meanwhile, on the station platform, another guy has been attacked by a different group of boys.
The following week the attitude of the police becomes clearer. Once again there are groups of little ‘toughs’ hanging round outside the hall. With the previous weekly incidents in mind, someone calls the police to move them away. A squad car, complete with uniformed inspector, arrives and shoos them away. They then park discreetly nearby. Three guys leave for the station, and as they cross the road, the gang reappears. Two run, one of them decides to make a stand; he receives one severely blacked eye, and a cut needing four stitches just under the other. One of the gang has a sleeve torn from his coat, another, a lapel. At this late stage, the same squad car reappears, and the gang hastily departs. The police display their usual zeal in pursuing the formalities but do not pursue the gang. “Oh, it’s another gay dance – we always have trouble at these gay dances” . . . . . . and asking the guy who has blood mining down his face “It’ll have to be a clearer description than that!” They are about to leave when the opportunity for the clearest description possible arises – the gang reappears. They are pointed out to the police, who question them, but let them go. “They say they just off a bus.” – in spite of their clearly damaged clothing. The police then leave, and our friend goes to hospital to have his face stitched.
In order to make sure the coast is clear, someone takes a walk to make sure the gang has gone. They haven’t gone very far they – and apparently laughing and joking with the policemen. In anger he shouts out to the effect that ‘these pigs are supposed to protect people, and here they are having a laugh with the ones who caused all the trouble’. In a flash he is surrounded by policemen, and arrested for insulting behaviour and breach of the peace – surrounded by so many policemen that they can’t all fit into the squad car, and some of them are detailed to hoof it back to the station.
So that leads on to a few questions. To the police – “Who’s side are you on?” And to the gay community generally – “What are we going to do about it?”