The Homosexual and Venereal Disease

A REPLY

03-197207XX-08In the first issue we printed an article entitled “The Homosexual and Venereal Disease”, which we felt contained, along with very sound medical advice, some unpleasant and unnecessary moral attitudes. On consulting another doctor about this, he told us that “it is written in medical prose where words have a precise meaning without any associated concepts that may occur in ordinary prose” – in other words, it did not carry any moral overtones.

The article began by stating that, “the two main reservoirs of venereal disease in this country …. are the promiscuous female and the promiscuous ‘passive’ homosexual male”.

To me, this paints a rather impossible picture ….. after all, how did they get V.D. in the first place. If we must distribute ‘blame’ – which in itself seems a stupid thing to do – then surely the ‘promiscuous’ heterosexual male and the ‘promiscuous’ ‘active’ homosexual male ought to come in for an equal share of it? But in any case, only another doctor could (possibly) read it as “medical prose …without any associated concepts” – to anyone else, these words are bound to carry some connotations, and doctors should surely be aware of this, and take account of it when dealing with ordinary people? Using words which, to the layman, inevitably have a disapproving ring (whether they are meant like that or not) can only defeat the object of the exercise, which is to encourage people not to be ashamed about requesting treatment for something which could happen to any of us.

Another error, and one which the medical profession seems peculiarly addicted to, is the division of male gays into rigid categories of ‘active’ and ‘passive’ – it hardly needs me to say that people are generally more interesting than that. Perhaps it stems from doctors thinking largely in heterosexual terms.

But why should the whole attitude of the medical profession revolve around finding and treating individual cases? How much time, effort, and money is being devoted to the other side of it – to preventative vaccines, routine screenings, research into the eradication of V.D. generally? Not very much, I would guess. After all, the treatment clinics, in the main, are clearly kept short of money. No doubt the Festival of Lighters and their cohorts would be down like a ton of bricks if V.D. treatment and research were ever given a higher priority in hospital budgeting – on the grounds that if people weren’t “promiscuous” (i.e. remained frustrated and repressed) the dangers wouldn’t exist. Is it not true to say that V.D. is being used as a moral weapon in defence of the established uptight morality? Or to put it another way, it’s easier to reinforce the guilt people feel about sex than it is to embark on a comprehensive programme of research and treatment in order to remove one of the risks involved. And it’s cheaper too.

Despite their rather high opinion of themselves, doctors, like policemen, are only people like anybody else. Amongst people generally, there is an appalling amount of ignorance about gayness, and an equally appalling amount of prejudice, and doctors are just as likely to be prejudiced as anyone else. You may fall foul of one who, whilst treating you for V.D., will attempt to persuade you to be ‘treated’ for homosexuality too, as if it were some sort of sickness. Or he may over emphasise the seriousness of whatever you’ve got, or just be downright rude, inconsiderate, and even cruel. With such doctors, the important thing to remember is that, when it comes to gayness, you know more about it than he does – his training will only have covered the subject in the narrowest way. And even if he’s gay himself, it’s no guarantee that he doesn’t think of gayness as some sort of abnormality. At a V.D. clinic, the only thing he’s expert at is treating V.D. – he’s probably lousy at human relations.

And although a gay man probably has more guilt and prejudice to contend with when seeking treatment for V.D., he mustn’t let that deter him. It is important to have regular blood tests, it is important to be tested the moment you think you might have caught V.D. I gather that women are not usually asked, or don’t say, whether they contracted the disease heterosexually or homosexually, so their gayness doesn’t necessarily affect the doctor’s attitude (which can be unpleasant enough anyway).

V.D, with the exception of the new and fortunately still rare strains like ‘Hanoi Rose’, is no great horror if it is diagnosed and treated promptly

The Wild Boys

03-197207XX-09THE WILD BOYS: A Book of the Dead. William S Burroughs (Calder & Boyars £2.50)

If you were in Marrakesh and heard about a gang of petrol-bomber boys, you too could start a fantasy of sexy teenage boys in the future. They wear only rainbow-coloured jockstraps and roam the bandit lands, a law unto themselves. You also want to be nostalgic about 1920 and a shy boy called Audrey who goes for a car ride with his mysterious schoolmate. You remember all those aloof youths in America and Mexico who seem to belong in another alien time-dimension and you transport them through the barriers. Then, if you are William Burroughs, you see it all like a movie, with all the rough-cuts and re-takes left in. and you get the marvellous kaleidoscope called The Wild Boys.

The plot only reveals itself two thirds through this short book, although all the ingredients are around from the beginning. In 1976 General Greenfield reads out a letter:

“Dear Mom and Dad:
I am going to join the wild boys. When you read this I will be far away.
Johnny.

Can we stand idly by while our youth, the very life-blood of our nation drains away into foreign sewers?” They couldn’t. Of the 20,000 soldiers who marched away, only 1,500 staggered back from the desert, the rest sent mad by a killer virus, and finished off by the boys with machine guns. That was the last Great American Crusade, a chapter which is a hilarious send-up of all the expeditionary forces that ever were.

Then in 1989, the story and civilisation is abandoned. Nobody is really alive. In Morocco the rich live in total luxury and cynically finance the saboteurs. The poor go to the wall and the CIA prowl knowledgeably but ineffectually around. But the wild boys are evolving by themselves. With the help of Mayan magic they have jerked through the barriers to gain the other time-dimension.

There are glider boys with laser guns, naked bow gun boys, shaman boys who ride the wind, and many more, including those who have control of beasts and bugs: “Five naked boys release cobras above a police post. As the snakes glide down, the boys move their heads from side to side. Phalluses sway and stiffen. The boys snap their heads forward mouth open and ejaculate. Strangled cries from the police box. Faces impassive the boys wait until their erections subside”. They can create offspring by pulling down mist to make flesh, forming from the anus outward on the prick of the entranced boy in the middle of the orgy ring. A great fantasy of penis power, but no practical ideas for GLF.

Many of the early scenes in the book are about innocent sex between ordinary boys, like the time when Johnny has crabs and Mark makes him undress. The same encounters take place again and again in successive paragraphs. like re-writes or an attempt to remember a long time ago. The action is always fast and ultra-graphic, but not really pornographic which would be the attempt to supply the reader with all the details for a substitute sex life. But for any male gay. this book is very very erotic.

Straight reviewers have carefully said that the sex nearly overwhelms the rest of the book; that it is of only academic interest to the heterosexual reader, and so forth. Let others write in praise of older women or nymphets (and without getting such censure). We can only rejoice at this celebration of one form of good sex. Read it once to enjoy the brilliant pictures passing by. Read it twice to judge for yourself if there is any significant theme other than Burroughs himself (probably not), and a third time for the writing of all the other sideshows. Read it once anyway.

Mrs Gayle’s Diary

03-197207XX-09Goals for Gays: if I were asked to select the one most conspicuously missing from the current scene, I’d plump for Credibility. New gay groupings and ‘gay leaders’ mushroom these days who takes them seriously? How seriously do they take themselves? Occasionally, all too painfully so. But humourless solipsism (or ego-tripping run riot) isn’t any substitute for a cool, realistic look at where we are in mid-1972 and where we should be travelling to.

In the past decade and a half, life has improved for gay people, though by no means far enough. In the middle 1950s homosexuality was a taboo subject, save for court reports usually in the more lurid ‘Sundays’ with such typical headings as “Scoutmaster gaoled for serious offences”, or “‘You Are Filthy Beasts’ Judge tells men”. Since then, we’ve advanced, via the tepid 1967 “two-consenting-adults-in-private” law, from the hush-hush criminal bracket to ‘underprivileged minority’ status; a situation still legally and socially quite inadequate but giving real scope, at last, for some solid self-help. Which is what “the homophile movement” is about. The movement, inevitably, is a mosaic, a spectrum: not a monolith. To progress it must, surely, work as a coalition in which every element, from ‘radicals’ to ‘fabians’, does its own thing in its own style and reserves most (hopefully all) of its powder and shot for the anti-gay instead of sniping at other gays.

For what are the facts? The facts are that we are still a generally disregarded, disliked and misrepresented minority whose prime need is for increased public comprehension and awareness of what not merely ‘gayness’ but warm, responsive human living is all about. For such a mammoth task (which amounts to the reeducation of a whole generation) we are lacking in resources, manpower and. to some extent, the necessary self-insight. To succeed, we have to make universal sisterly and brotherly love the prime principle of our gay politics as well as of our gay living. As a friend who’s done some hard and courageous work for our cause in Northern Ireland said after hearing the Jimmy Saville “Speakeasy” programme, “All that talk about better social acceptance sounds fine, but when, oh when, are we going to start treating each other better? That’s where it all begins . . . One youngster I know is currently very depressed by the values he feels expected to adopt from people, even of about his own age, on recently encountering the gay scene a sort of environmental pollution.” Or as another fledgling put it on contrasting his ideals with the meat market, “If you can’t beat them join them” – and promptly did. There’s food for thought here.

But even when we’re not being our own worst enemies, we have some pretty complacent friends as anyone who watched the recent BBC2 “Measures of Conscience” series must have concluded. What was remarkable about this lengthily researched exploration into the roles of Parliament and pressure groups in achieving the death penalty, abortion, homosexual and other reforms of the latter 1960s was the politicians’ obvious sense of high adventurousness at having dared to tackle such “unpopular” subjects and their seemingly universal lack of recognition that anything further remains to be done. In the final programme that white hope of all small liberals, Roy Jenkins, seemed to feel that about the right balance between the claims of personal freedom and state-enforced morality had now been struck and was apparently oblivious to the remaining inequalities in the laws affecting gay people. (It was of course the same Roy Jenkins who in a 1960 Commons debate said: “I wish that people would not speak as though one were representing a pressure lobby of homosexuals. In considering this question, I am not concerned only with what homosexuals want or even primarily with what they want (boldface mine) I am concerned with what I think is a reasonable law for a civilised country.”) And the by now well-known Arran-Abse duo reeked of its usual paternalism in the earlier programme on the ‘Wolfenden’ reform. What is simply astonishing about the whole operation is that none of its political protagonists seem even in retrospect to have considered the propriety of legislating for a substantial minority of three or four million people without contemplating the desirability, let alone the necessity, of endeavouring to obtain some representative views from homosexuals as such. Would they have dared to treat issues of racial discrimination similarly?

Speaking of Lord Arran and Mr. Abse, one wonders whether either of them will care to expound to readers of GAY NEWS the precise grounds for their vehement opposition to the notion of social clubs run by gay people for gay people (and, of course their straight friends) on non-exploitative lines? Anyone who remembers the flurry of protest which the mere mention of COC brought forth after law reform from both its sponsors might conclude that they regard ‘club’ as a four-letter word. Or maybe they think ghettos are created by those who are pushed into them? Would the exclusive establishments to which they belong welcome (or elect) self-proclaimed homosexuals?

The most effective way to eliminate ghettos, of course, is to break down the thought-barriers erected by the prejudiced or unthinking majority. If there were no exclusively heterosexual life-style and culture, there would be no need for anyone to think in terms of gay counter-culture. Which reminds me: some people do play this game to excessive lengths. I was once entertaining an acquaintance to a – so far as I was concerned – totally unerotic tete-a-tete. I put on the first record which happened to come to hand; the Max Bruch G Minor violin concerto, if I recollect aright. Immediately his eyes lit up with anticipation. “Ah!” he said, “you’re playing homosexual music”.

Back to School With Alice

03-197207XX-10“Schools Out” — Alice Cooper — Warner Brothers Records

Whilst riding high on a wave of near overexposure in the press, and following a sell-out, critically acclaimed London concert, out comes Alice Cooper’s new album “School’s out’’. And after four previous albums, this one really makes it.

Musically it is far superior to anything they have done in the past, whilst Alice’s own songs and vocals have become more spectacular. The title track “School’s Out” is a teeny-bopper celebration of the start of the summer vacation. It might sound pretty banal, but wait till you hear it. Alice with his words and bizarre scream/vocals turns it into the Armageddon of all school breakups.

The group’s last albums have each had one or two outstanding tracks, but very little else. However, this time they succeed in producing an album which keeps your attention for more than just the opening track.

The second track is “Looney Tunes”, a seemingly innocent pubescent rock song, until the story takes a nasty twist. White-coated men come to take the song’s hero away. He’s just cut his wrists with a stolen razor.

This is followed by “Gutter Cat versus The Jets” which parodies the plot of “West Side Story’’; in fact it ends up being a straight rip-off from it. This theme reappears on the second side of the album, it’s influence being most noticeable in the symphonic “Grand Finale’’, which ends the album.

The record comes packaged in a facsimile of an old school desk, and the disc is itself tastefully surrounded by a pair of white non-inflammable paper knickers (see Grinspoon for further comments),

“School’s Out” will become one of the pop classics of 1972. It will be hated and ignored by the older and more staid generations, but loved by kids and those who appreciate the essence of what good rock’n’roll is all about.

Doug and Denis.

A PAIR OF WHITE KNICKERS, OR, A GIFT

I was surprised to find that inside the copy of Alice Cooper’s latest long-playing record that the nice man at Kinney (WEA) had sent me, there was a pair of white knickers.

I don’t know how they knew, but they fitted perfectly. In all this hot weather we are having at the moment it’s nice to have something so refreshingly cool to put on.

Know what I mean loves.

Julian Denys Grinspoon.

Gone with Wind

03-197207XX-10‘Gone with the Wind’
Drury Lane Theatre, Tel: 01-836 8108

About a year ago there was a real collector’s item on record issued of the Japanese cast album of SCARLETT. Now the show has come to London under its better known title of GONE WITH THE WIND and confirms what one first suspected on hearing the Japanese album that this is the first big musical comedy without a score. Sure the list has 37 items on the programme but you try and recall any of them after you leave the theatre.

For those avid collectors of shows on records the wait for the ‘original cast album’ looks like being a long one as there are no signs of a record being released after 2 months of the shows arrival in town.

Somehow they have managed to condense the entire long film plot into the show’s just under 3 hours running time. All the well remembered moments are there, even including the burning of Atlanta which is handled quite well. There’s even a horse standing patiently on stage throughout the burning scene who somehow manages to ignore the gunfire, smoke and general mayhem that takes place around him. One presumes the animal must be both blind and deaf for he hardly moves a muscle.

Most of the scenes are played out of doors, probably to save money on interior scenes. For all that it is still a costly production with all the trimmings. The dancing is pleasant to watch, and so are the costumes, and if you really want to enjoy a proper singing voice the is Isabelle Lucas as Mammy.

I’ve saved the best till last, and June Ritchie is quite something in the role of Scarlett. Whether it was intentional or not she resembles the late Vivien Leigh so much facially that at times even her voice seems to take on the same low sing-song range that endeared her performance to millions. Miss Ritchie looks lovely, has a fair singing voice and she acts up a storm. At the finish one tends to forget the lack of tunes and remember only her dazzling performance as Scarlett.

Janis Joplin The Judy Garland of Rock ’n’ Roll?

03-197207XX-10Janis Joplin: The Judy Garland of Rock ’N’ Roll?
In Concert: Janis Joplin. CBS 67241

‘Janis is gone and nothing can change that’; Janis the amazing, singing/screaming lady who took the Monterey Pop Festival in 1967 by storm; Janis Joplin, one of the greatest white blues singers, died in October, 1970 aged 27.

During her short hectic career she managed to record five albums, number five being the second postumous release, and is a double album of live recordings. On record one, Janis sings with Big Brother and The Holding Company, the band she originally made it big with after moving to San Francisco from Texas. The second record is with the Full Tilt Boogie Band in accompaniment. On the latter, Janis’s voice is noticably better, being able to use her powerful voice in a far more effect and immediate way. But with Big Brother, her voice has the untrained, vital magnatism that made her the superstar she was later to become, and the superstar life she led contributed to her sad, untimely death.

On the second record, she desperately tries, between numbers, to be ‘one of the boys’, to be accepted, to be at one with the wild, restless people who were always part of her devoted audience. In her public life, she lived to the limit; singing, laughing, stomping the stage with a relentless frenzy, a bottle of Southern Comfort never far away. In reality, Janis was a lonely, depressive loner, all the screaming passion with which she sang out about love never helped her find the love and peace of mind she searched for and never found. A casulty of a world where the image of what you are, is more important than what you really are.

Many of the songs on this double set have appeared on record before, but only in a studio recorded form. ‘Try’ and ‘Get it while you can’ on side four take on wider dimensions through the freedom of a live performance, whilst ‘Ball and Chain’, which appeared previously on the ‘Cheap Thrills’ album, is one of the most moving songs I’ve ever heard.

It is good that Janis’s death has not been exploited. CBS have waited nearly two years before releasing this memorial album, which presumably will be the last previously unissued recordings to be released (although a ‘Greatest Hits’ package will, in time, no doubt appear). As a recording it is a fine reminder of what Janis was all about, unfortunately as a memorial it is also a reminder of what can happen to isolated lonely individuals in an anonymous uncaring world. Sad also is the evidence on these recordings that Janis had so much more to offer. In ‘Ball and Chain’, recorded at Calgary in July 1970, Janis breaks off the song to deliver this message ‘…. that one day better be your life …. If you get it today you don’t want it tomorrow ….. ’cause you don’t need it….tomorrow never happens. It’s all the same fucking day’. An overdose of an opiate took a great singer and a lonely individual who never came to terms with her world.

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03-197207XX-11Owing to certain pressures put upon us by the law, we hold the right to cut, change or refuse to print any personal ads sent to us. We must also warn male ‘minors’ (under 21) that you may have unpleasant legal nasties unloaded on you, and us, if you attempt to use and reply for certain reasons connected with the meeting of someone for immoral purposes, namely making love. Apart from those antiquated legalities, men and women are welcome to use these columns as they wish.

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The Biograph, Wilton Road, Victoria, SW1.

Thursday 27th July.
Jealousy. Italian Style AA with Monica Vitti The Buttercup Cham X with Hywell Bennett & Jane Asher
Sunday 30th July.
Moving Target A with Paul Newman & Lar Lauren Bacall.
In a Colt’s Shadow U with Stephen Forsyth
Monday 31st July.
Charge of the Light Brigade A with Trevor Howard & Vanessa Redgrave
Loving X with George Segal & Eva Marie Saint.
Thursday 3rd August.
Kes U with David Bradley.
The Last Warrior A with Anthony Quinn & Claude Akins.
Sunday 6th August.
Big Deal at Dodge City U with Henry Fonda.
Two for the Guillotine U with Connie Stevens & Cesar Romero.
Monday 7th August.
There was a Crooked Man A A with Kirk Douglas & Henry Fonda.
Return of Dr.Mabuse A with Lex Barker & Dahlia La.

Information

03-197207XX-12This corner is really a long list – of places, people you might like to know about or one day need. We can only, of course, publish the information that comes to us. There’s a limit to what we can find out for ourselves, and too many pubs, dubs, movement offices and so on for us to visit. So – if there’s something we should now about, then you should ALL know about it. If your favourite pub or local group isn’t mentioned, write and tell us where it is and so forth. You can see from the listings themselves the sort of thing we think is of use and interest. These aren’t ads – we print all information free. The page is all yours!


Meetings Friday 6.00pm. Gays interested in classical music, theatre, discussions on homosexuality and society. Starting Friday 28 July. Telephone 01-450 4318.

FRIEND is the advisory and befriending service of the Campaign for Homosexual Equality Call (Monday and Friday 7.30 to 9.30 pm) or write to Friend, Centre, Broadley Terrace, London NW1.

GAYSOC For London University students. Meets regularly in term. Send s.a.e. to Gaysoc, ULU, Malet Street, London WC1

‘CHALLENGE’ is a London based homosexual group (recently heard on ‘Speakeasy’) that meets each week for a drink and a chat – why don’t you join us? Ring Martin at 427 8175 or Sid at 328 4847.

New CHE group at BARKING, c/o George Jordan. 39a Mansfield Road, Ilford. Tel: 554 3337.

GAY UNITY. Harrow. For details phone Jamie at 863 1184 or Alex at 422 7890. Meets on Mondays.

CHE. An All-London Political Action Group is in the process of formation. Will anyone who wants further information on this campaigning group write to: Derek Brookfield. 7 Briston Grove, Crouch End, London N8 9EX.

Sappho meets every first Monday in the month, at the Museum Tavern 7.30pm, upstairs room, Great Russell Street, London WC1. All women are welcome, Sappho magazine is available at 25p for single copies, plus postage.(Subs rates are unchanged) from Sappho Publications Ltd., BCM/Petrel, London WC1.

Women’s Liberation Workshop – 22 Great Windmill Street, London W1. Tel: 437 6118

CAMPAIGN FOR HOMOSEXUAL EQUALITY.

At present there are CHE groups in operation in the following areas.

Birmingham. Swansea/Carmarthen.
Blackburn/Burnley. Teeside.
Brighton. Windsor/Reading.
Bristol. Wirral.
Cambridge. Wolverhampton.
Chesham/Amersham. Shropshire.
Croydon. Tunbridge Wells.
East Kent/West Kent. Tyneside.
Guildford. Stoke on Trent.
Halifax/Huddersfield. PROPOSED GROUPS:
Ilford. Devon.
Leeds. Bath.
Lewisham. Cornwall.
Liverpool. Taunton.
London: Central-Kensington, Highbury/Isligton, Ealing/Acton, and Kilburn. Leicester.
York.
Bradford.
Watford/St.Albans
Manchester. Southampton/
Newport/Cardiff.  
Northampton. STUDENT GROUPS:
Norwich. Liverpool.
Nottingham. Manchester.
Oxford. London.
Sheffield. Oxford.
Basildon. Reading.
Bournemouth. Kent.

Many local group organisers are wary of having their anmes and addresses publicised, so for the time being please contact all CHE groups via the national office: 28 KENNEDY STREET. MANCHESTER 2. Telephone 061-228 1985

NATIONAL GAY LIBERATION FRONT GROUPS.

Aberystwth GLF, c/o Polly Bluck, Room 80, Alexandra Hall, Victoria Terrace, Aberystwth.

Bath Gay Awareness Group, Contact Richard, Flat 1, 20 Park Lane, Bath, Somerset. Tel: Bath 29437.

Bedfordshire GLF, (Bedford/Luton/Dunstable). Contact Nik Ferguson, ‘Northridge’, The Avenue, Ampthill, Beds. If in Bedford area Pete Griffin, 27 Ashtree Road, Tythe Farm, Houghton Regis, Dunstable, Beds if in Luton or Dunstable..

Birmingham GLF, 18 Moor Street, Ringway, Birmingham. Tel: 021-643 0996. Meets Thursdays 7.30pm at Peace Centre at the above address.

Brighton GLF, Flat 4, ‘Transmore’, London Road, Brighton, Tel 0273–509393.

Belfast GLF, c/o M.A.Oulton, 10 Lower Crescent, University Road, Belfast.

Bradford GLF., c/o Robert Harker, Bradford Regional College of Art, Gt.Horton Road, Bradford 7. Tel: 32-777

Bristol Gay Awareness Group, c/o Tony, 20D, West Mall, Clifton, Bristol. Tel: 0272-32669

Cambridge GLF, contact GLF (London) for information. 5 Caledonian Road, London N1. Tel: 01-837 7174

Canterbury Gay Lib Society, Patrick Forrest, Rutherford College, University of Kent, Canterbury, Kent.

Cardiff Gay Liberation, c/o Rib, 58 Charles Street. Tel: Cardiff 44441. Meetings every Monday at 7.30 pm, upstairs in the Blue Anchor Pub, St.Mary Street, Cardiff.

Cheltenham GLF, c/o Jim, North Gloucestershire Technical College Students Union, The Park, Cheltenham, or Joe (Sister), 15 Rodney Road, Cheltenham.

Derby GLF, Contact Lawrence Brady, 63 Lexington Road, Chaddesden, Derby. Tel: 0332-674194 after 6.00pm.

Durham GLF, Contact Chris Barratt, Mother Grumble, 13 Silver Street, Durham City.

Edinburgh GLF, Contact Linda & Martin, Top Flat, 141 Dundee Street, Edinburgh EH11 IBP.

Essex University GLF, Contacts, Roger Shaw, Flat 1, Eddington Tower, University of Essex, Colchester. Telephone Colchester 5141 or Stephen Edwards, 93 Plumberoo Avenue, Hookly, Essex.
Meets every second Tuesday at the University.

Higham Ferrers GLF, Contact, Phil Taylor, 21 Kings Avenue, Higham Ferrers, Northants.

Hull GLF, Contact, Keith Hose, Sexual Liberation Society. Hull University Union.

Lancaster GLF, 35 West Road, Lancaster. Telephone Sue 0524 65201 Ex 4422.

Keele Gay Lib Society, Contact, Gay Lib Society, Students Union, Keele University, Staffordshire.

Leeds GLF, Liberation Office, 153 Wood-House Lane, Leeds 2. Tel: 0532 39071 Ex 57. Meets every Friday 7.30pm at O.S.A. Lounge. University Union, Ring Phil 0532-782270 for details.

Leicester Gay Awareness Group, Contact John Page, 126 Nansen Road, Leicester LE5 5NJ. Phone: Leicester 738832.

Manchester GLF, Contacts, Shelia Cohen, 43 Brantingham Road, Manchester 16. Tel. 061 226 3849. Or, Steve Lath, 32 Atwood Road, Didsbury, Manchester. Tel: 061-445 3318

Newcastle GLF, now at 106 St.Georges Road, Jesmond. Meets Tuesdays at 8.00pm

Norwich GLF. Contact Jenni Grace. Leister Nurses Home, Norfolk & Norwich Hospital, Norwich, Tel: 0603-28377 Ex 232 evenings only. Ask for Norfolk and Norwich Ex 232. Additional number 0603-873596 (Tony).
Weekly Meetings at Red Lion, Bishopsqate, Norwich on Wednesdays at 7.30pm.

Oxford GLF, Contact Amit Pandys, 2 Marlborough Road, Oxford.

Reading GLF, Contact Martin Kaufman, Sibley Hall, Redhatch Drive, Heading, Berks.

Sheffield GLF, Contact Ian Everton, 82 Harcourt Hoed, Sheffield. 10.

Southend GLF, Contact Stephen Edwards. 93 Plumberow Avenue, Hockley, Essex. Tel 03704-5635.

Swansea GLF, Pigeon Hole G, Student Pigeon Holes, Union House, University College Swansea, Singleton Park, Swansea.

LONDON GAY LIBERATION GROUPS.

G L.F. Office is at 5 Caledonian Road. London N1. Tube Kings Cross. Tel 01-837 7174. Further information concerning local G.L.F. groups available from here.

Religious Gay Lib Group, meets various Sundays at 2.30 pm. Phone 837 7174 for details.

Gay Women’s Liberation Group. Contact Gillian 837 4502. Meets Wednesdays 7.30pm.

G.L.F. Youth and Education Group meets on Mondays. Phone 837 7174 for details.

West London G.L.F. meets every Thursday at 8.00pm upstairs at the ‘White Lion’ pub. Putney High Street, just south of Putney Bridge. Tube Putney Bridge. Buses 14,22,30,85,85A,93, 220 and Green Line 718. BR Putney.
Disco there every Wednesday

G.L.F. EVENTS
Friday 28th July.

Dance at Fulham Town Hall. 8.00pm. Only 50p

Saturday 5th August.
Jumble Sale at All Saints Hall, Powis Gardens. W11.

Sunday 6th August.
Gay Day at Hackney Downs.
Phone GLF Office tor further details. Tel: 837 7174.


Drag

THE CRICKETERS, Battersea Park Road, SW11.
(BR Battersea Park).

Sun. The Trollettes. Fri. Various Artistes.
Tues. Steel Band. Say. Singalong & Dancing.
Wed. Various Artistes. Compere/Organist
Thurs. Talent Night. Kenneth Mancell.

THE DORSET ARMS, 124 Clapham Road, SW4 (Oval Tube)

Tuesdays. Michael and Bow. Thursdays. Michael.
Sundays. Michael and Bow.

THE GREEN MAN 383Euston Road., NW1.
(Great Portland Street).
Drag Every Night Downstairs. Supper Licence to Midnight Small Enhance Fee after 11pm
Friday. Tony Page and Norman Cabel.

THE NEW BLACK CAP 171 Camden High Street,

Fri 28th. Bow. Fri 4th. Sandy Graham.
Sat 29th. Mark Fleming. Sat 5th. Mark Fleming.
Sun 30th. (Lunch) Mrs Shufflewick. (Night) Mark Fleming. Sun 6th. (Same as 30th July)
Mon 31st. Chris Kay Mon 7th. Mark Fleming
Tues 1st. Sandy Graham/ Tuesday 8th. Sandy Graham & Jean Fredericks Disco.
Wed 2nd. New Dumbells. Wed 9th. New Dumbells.
Thurs 3rd. Mark Fleming. Thurs 10th. Mark Felming.

THE FATHER RED CAP 319 Camberwell Road, SE5. (Camberwell Green)
Fri 28th. Lee Paris and Lettuce.
Sat 29th. Michael and Bow
Mon 31st.Lee Pans
Fri 4th. Lee Pans and Lettuce.
Sat 5th. Sandy Graham
Boys Only, Girls Only, and Mixed Disco’s on other nights.

ROYAL VAUXHALL TAVERN.
372 Kennington Lane, SE11. (Vauxhall).

Thursday (Alt.) Mr.Tammy or Lee Paris with Lettuce.
Friday. Mr,Tammy. Monday. Bow.
Saturday. Lee Paris. Wednesday. Lee Paris.
Sunday. (Lunch) Bow. New Act Starting Soon.
Sunday. (Night) Mr.Tammy.

ROYAL OAK. 62 Glenthorne Road, W6 (Hammersmith). Drag every night except Tuesday

ELEPHANT AND CASTLE’. South Lambeth Place. SW8 (Vauxhall). Every nght except Tuesday.
Friday Mark Fleming

OXFORD TAVERN 256 Kentish Town Road. NW5 (Kentish Town) Drag on Tues. Wed. and Thurs.
Resident host Perri St Clair.

WINDSOR CASTLE
309 Harrow Road,W9 (Westbourne Park)
Drag on Wednesday and Sunday (Lunch & Eve)

THE BELL. Pentonville Road, N1 (Kings Cross).
Every Alt. Friday. Derek Rees. – Sandy Roy

THE BUSH HOTEL. 2, Goldhawk Road, W.12. (Goldhawk Road). Every Thursday.

THE ALEXANDRA
Alexandra Road, St.John.s Wood, NW8
Wednesday’s Mr Angel. Friday’s Derek Rees.

UNION TAVERN. 146 Camberwell Road, SE5 (Oval). Drag on Wednesday. Thursday and Sunday.

KINGS ARMS. Liverpool Street, London.
(corner of Pinder Street) Tube/BR Liverpool Street.
Dicks Inn, Gay Disco every Monday
Compere Tricky Dicky.

THE ARABIAN. Cambridge Heath Road, London. (corner of Bishops Way) Tube Bethnal Green/Bus 277.
Dicks Inn, Gay Disco every Wed Comp Tricky Dicky.
Membership to the above two Disco’s is 50p a year (m/ship interchangeable) Entrance 15p. Non-Members 30p.

KINGS ARMS, Liverpool Street, London.
(corner of Pindar Street)
Tube/BR Liverpool Street. Buses 8,8A,22,6, 47,97.
Tricky Dicky Show on Saturday Nights. 8.30-11 00. Admission Free. Saloon Bar Disco. Impersonations etc. Gay Atmosphere.

This is a list of some of the pubs in London that regularly have Drag Acts. Information of out of London pubs featuring drag will be added to this list as we receive it. So if your local has something good happening at it, let us know; and that goes for you landlords as well.


Nottingham – Roebuck, Mansfield Road, room upstairs & Mario’s Club, Stanford St off Castlegate.

GAY NEWS will always be on sale at the following pubs:
MARSH HOTEL (Mike & Eileen) Canute Road, Southampton.
Semi Gay. Disco every Thursday night. Also: THE ANCHOR (Pat & Geoff) East Street, Southampton. Gay girls and boys. Disco every Fri & Sat