Progressive Soul

19720914-10Still Bill – Bill Withers – A & M AMLS 68107

Bill Withers has a new album out. It’s called Still Bill and contains his hit single Lean on Me, that is currently riding high on the single charts.

I thought his first album disappointing, even though it contained a few good tracks. But this new set is a vast improvement on even the best of that initial release. There are very few other soul artists who can not only produce uncluttered, funky dance music, but also write extremely sensitive, adult songs.

Bill Withers succeeds in every way. Even the use of strings does not allow the sentiments to become syrupy – a fault that all too often happens with arrangers who permit the sound they create to swamp an artist’s talent and originality. The string arrangements used here either help to set a mood or bring in a needed tension to supplement the lyrics.

Soul music has been progressing considerably recently and this album is one of the best examples of this welcome trend. Listen to it a few times before forming any opinions, it really does need a little concentrated listening before you fully realise the amount of thought and perception that has gone into producing this very stunning and rewarding record.

Lean on Me is a very beautiful track, instantly appealing, as its chart success indicates. But songs like Another Day To Run, Take It All In And Check It All Out, and Who Is He (And What Is He To You)? further portray the maturity of Wither’s vision and musical accomplishments.

This record should prove to be one of the soul ballad albums of the year. Don’t miss out on it.

The Hits of Edwin Starr – Edwin Starr — Tamla Motown STML 11209

The new ‘greatest hits’ collection from Tamla Motown is the Hits of Edwin Starr. The album contains not only Starr’s recent chart singles, but also his earlier successes. These include numbers such as Headline News, 25 Miles and Agent Double O Soul, which previously only had limited exposure in this country when first released, although they have always been firm discotheque favourites

Of his later period, chart-toppers such as Time and the incredibly arranged and produced War still prove to be as exciting as ever.

Edwin Starr has shown over the years that he can produce consistently good soul sounds, which are both original in concept and fun to dance to.

The lyrics of his songs always make me think of him as the Chuck Berry of soul music. For while some may say the words are banal, if you listen closely enough they reveal valid reflections of space age society.

In conclusion, this is a top-rate, good value (14 tracks) collection of one man’s contributions so far to soul music. And it’s a must for parties or whatever you call the gatherings you attend.

Camp Classics

19720914-10Ganymede in Rome twenty-eight epigrams of Marcus Valerius Martialis. The Palantine Press £3

A slim hardback volume on high quality paper of very free and rather camp translations of Martial’s epigrams relating to pretty boys in the somewhat decadent days of Rome. Personally, I find it all a bit precious (and at £3 it is) and coy, but it will no doubt appeal to classicists and/or romantics, and will probably find it’s way into many homes in Harrow, Eton and Winchester.


19720914-10Everybody’s a Star — The Kinks — RCA DPS 2035

The Kinks have been around for quite a few years now, but unlike many other groups who have lasted as long as them, they are still producing fine pop music. Not only do the lyrics of Ray Davies become more impressive but the group’s playing improves with each record they release.

Whilst the singles of The Kinks usually make the ‘top twenty’ charts, their albums don’t receive as much attention. I thought that their last LP, Muswell Hillbillies, would have rectified that situation, but it was sadly ignored by the majority of record buyers and music paper critics.

The group’s new release. Everybody’s a Star, hopefully should put matters right. It is a double album, of which one record is a ‘live’ set. The first record though, which is a studio recording, contains nine of the best songs Ray Davies has ever written and one good offering by his brother Dave. Also the group’s playing is vastly more together than before, and the addition of brass and organ has given their sound a greater depth.

But it is the songs that make these two sides so stunning, along with the vocal style and delivery of Ray Davies. The sympathetic arrangements and production also add much to the success of this record.

Most of the songs are concerned with reflections on the life of a successful pop singer and the star system that supports him. Motorway, for instance, is basically about the low quality of food and conditions available in main highway restaurants and service stations, and the sort of existence one leads if ‘on-the-road’ for long periods.

Sitting in my Hotel is a subtle, cynical, introverted look at someone who has risen to ‘hit parade’ stardom. The group’s latest single, Supersonic Rocket Ship, is also included. The words are rather tongue-in-cheek, but at the same time cheerfully optimistic without becoming embarrassing. The lyrics tell of a future time when equality of all kinds is a reality aboard a ‘supersonic rocket ship’.

The outstanding track of the record is Celluloid Heroes. It is a funny/sad series of comments and observations about the stars and unrealities of Hollywood. The movie stars, and the cinema audiences dreams and fantasies are fused into a collection of images that try to be honest about the film-capital and its heroes.

There is a sincerity and understanding in the words, although sometimes gently mocking, that shows a fine awareness of the need for and reasons why idol-culture has become a necessity for so many in today’s urban, industrial societies. For example:

“I wish my life was a non-stop Hollywood movie show,
A fantasy world of celluloid villains and heroes,
Because celluloid heroes never feel any pain And celluloid heroes never really die.”

The descriptions of the stars and the casualties of the Hollywood star system are particularly sensitive and realistic. This becomes obvious in Davies’ comment on Marilyn Monroe:

“She should have been made of iron and steel,
But she was only made of flesh and blood.”

RCA has thoughtfully provided all the words of the songs on the first record on an insert.

The second record is made up of taped live’ performances whilst The Kinks were recently touring in the States. The recording quality is not always good, and some of the songs are noticeably weak especially after hearing the first record. But many of them contain the wit and charm that makes Ray Davies songs such good listening. The ‘live’ version of Lola (a gay anthem?) is well worth hearing and the treatment of standards like Baby Face are camp if nothing else.

The double set is reasonably priced at £2.98, and the excellence of the studio album more than makes up for the weaknesses of the ‘live’ record.


19720914-10Fracas At Gay Pub

On Friday 16th September, at approximately 10.30pm, five members of the Gay Liberation Front were arrested by Notting Hill police after 20 gays in drag tried to buy drinks in the Champion pub on Bayswater Road.

Richard Chappel, Douglas McDougal, Peter Bourn, Peter Reed and Andrew Lumsden were bailed by the police after being held in the cells for at least three hours. They claim they were not allowed to make any telephone calls while they were being held.

And they charge the police with using unnecessary violence and using insulting behaviour against them.

Gay News got the tip-off from Peter from Barnes, who was outside the pub with his boyfriend. Scotland Yard checked out the information he gave them and told him:

“Don’t quote me on this, but we hate these sort of problems.

“It’s up to the landlord of the pub to refuse to sell drinks to anyone, and to ask them to leave. If they won’t leave he can call the police. If they still won’t leave they can be charged with obstructing the police in the course of their duty.”

The drag gays are charged with a number of offences including one of obstructing the footpath, two of obstructing the police and two of threatening behaviour.

But they say the threatening behaviour was not just one-sided. Gay News was told:

“What was really terrifying was not just the fact that the police pulled our hair, which you can expect, But also, as well as getting all the ‘Yes, ducky’, ‘No, ducky’ remarks the arresting officer pulled Doug’s hair in the police van and said: ‘We’ll get you later’.”

Trouble broke out when the landlord decided not to serve the drag gays, who had had a social. Then, they sat down. The landlord called the police and three policemen entered the pub to clear the sit-down protesters. Outside there were two police vans, two panda cars and two squad cars.

The gays were released, after being stripped and questioned, at about 2am. They were bailed to appear at Great Marlborough Street Magistrates Court the next day.

The full story will appear in Gay News No. 8.


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Love Knoweth No Laws*

19720914-11Owing 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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REPLIES TO BOX ADS: when replying to a box ad please write the box number on the envelope, and send it to Gay News, 19 London Street, London W2 1HL. Box number replies cannot be discussed on the telephone. If you wish to send a stamp with your box. no. reply, please do not attach it to reply.

Affectionate, sincere male, 35, tired of being promiscuous and alone, longs to someone nice of same age or younger and settle down. London area (preferably) and genuine only. Box 185

SOUNDS. Drag-Mobile Disco/lights. Simply the best. Built-in drag show or male floor show if desired. Pete: 01-743 9930 (5-7 pm)

Wanted by Gay News, 2 young skinheads ( boots & all), to pose for a few photographs for a Gay News Feature. No pay (apart from expenses) but you can keep your clothes on. Contact Gay News, 19 London Street, London W2 1HL. or Telephone 402-7805.

Movie Producer, 40, affectionate, fed-up with insincerity is looking for a warm, personable young friend to share things with. Very nice pad ideally located for an RCA or IC student. Box 190

Herts and London. Bachelor, 31, seeks a quiet, intelligent home-loving companion under 35 with view to settling down together. Interested in music, photograpny, travel and helping people. Box 191

Elgar, Mahler, V.W., Shostakovitch. Group of friends would welcome another couple of young gay people interested in exploring byways of recorded music of this period. Pelaxed scene at Earl’s Court flat. Ring Don or Bob at 373 0635. Also couple needed to make up four for occasional Bridge Session.

London. Friendly, handsome guy, 28, masculine, likes weight-training and swimming; also likes to read Chinese and listen to Wagner. He’d like to meet a versatile guy with similar kinds of interests. Photo appreciated. Colin. Box 192

Wanted any David Bowie records pre Hunkey Dory. Pete Hardy, 89 Woodside Road, Wood Green, London.

Londoner (25) seeks friends same age or younger” Box 194

Good Looking Male 25, own Kensington pad and financially very secure needs a younger beautiful partner. Photo ensures reply. Box 195

Lesbian (30) own flat, seeks feminine friends. Any age. Box 196

Bachelor 50’s would like to meet another for genuine friendship and share flat 50-50. Easy going . Photo please. ALA. Box 197

Handsome, discreet, Oriental Male, aged 30, seeks educated, intellectual gay-partner (25-35) for genuine intimate relationship. Non-camp. Phone number appreciated. Discretion guaranteed. London Box 198

Lonely Homosexual Sailor (A.B.) M.N., 38, seeks genuine friends. All letters replied to. Box 199

M, if we still love those we lose, cna we altogether lose those we love ? Let’s discuss this over dinner sometime. Liz.

Robin De Layne-Harvey. Please return two rare books you borrowed • immediately. David.

An Ad. I know it isn’t our birthday, but………. Gay News would appreciate a couple of little presents. One is an accurate set of Postal Scales, so we don’t have to keep trotting down all those stairs to the Post Office to weigh everything. The Other is an electric Fan to keep this little sauna-like office cool. Thanks. Come up and see us sometime……………

American Television Writer, 34, wants to meet young masculine males. Aspiring actors and all others most welcome. Photo helpful and returnable Box 200

Leeds. Will the boy with long dark hair and yellow sweater in “Hope and Anchor”, Leeds, Bank Holiday Saturday. Write to the bloke smoking a pipe. Box 201.

Clean, Quiet, Young Gay Male offerd share of S/C bed sitter, colour TV, own key, phone, freedom and understanding — no freaks or effeminates. Phone 722 4274, Jones.

Lonely Male seeks active friend, living in Midlands but will travel. Box 202

I am extremely lonely and would like people to write to me. I am 19 years old and am interested in music and the occult. My address is Robert Hranichny, Schallergasse 7/5, 1120 Wien, Austria.

There must be an A.K. amputee somewhere who needs genuine affection. Since the death of a disabled friend, I have looked for someone similar tc share life. Am dark (37), attractive, completely genuine. Have car and country cottage. Please write – Box 203

Leather Lover, 28, interested in motor bikes, seeks friends with similar interests. Recent photograph appreciated. Box 234

Gay Girl (24) Liverpool, Wirral district, desperate to meet understanding girl with interests other than drinking and dancing. Box 205

Gay Boy, 24, gentle, slim. Studying in Leeds. Home S/East. Seeks gneuine relationship. Last friendship long term and happy. Recovered. Interests Theatre, Astronomy, visual arts. Enjoys dancing, living in county. Ideal for gentle educated guy, 30-45. Box 204

Collector Corduroy Gear – Box 206

Twickenham Bachelor, 44, likes country drives and walks, interested languages, good food, has nice record collection, seeks companion of quiet, gentle manner with similar interests. Box 207

Riding Mac Enthusiast, 34, London, seeks similar interested friends over 30 who are really keen on them. Box 215

Would the person who placed Box 215 please contact Gay News as soon as possible. Telephone 0T402 7805 or write to Ads Dept, Gay News, 19 London Street, London W2 1HL. Thanks a lot.

Gay Guy wouldlike to hear from long haired leather boys or skinheads. All letters answered. Box 216

Man (50) quiet, passive, tall, presentable and sincere, with own pad, central South Coast, seeks active partner shame age ofr older. Box 217

Hedonistic, Versatile, attractive professional man (34), resident Yorkshire, tall, slim, dark, cultural interests, own flat, car, seeks male friends 21-40. Willing to travel. Photo please exchangeable with mine. Box 219

Nottingham Gay (27) seeks similar companions in 20’s for mutual pleasure. Interests: films, theatre, classical music. No Kinks. Photo please. Box 220

Gay Women, 50’s, recen tly returned from abroad, offers another accomodation inlarge warm flat in Central London, in return for share of running expenses and easy-going companionship. Box 221

Bachelor late 40’s, own pad. Exeter area, wishes to meet younger genuine friends who appreciate companionship and loyalty, for social evenings & weekends. Interests varied, hospitality offered. Photo not required. Box 222

Young Man, 27 — Spanish origin, seeks friends -21-30 years of age. In London or Herts. Box 223

Penfriends, Flat and Holiday Companions. NO FEES. S.A.E. to H.F.C. c/o 19 Gian Aber Park, CHESTER.

Young Man – 22, would like to meet boy about same age. Interested in music and similar pleasures. Please send photo. Box 224

Young 34, Gay but not effeminate, interests include current affairs, sport, music, wishes to meet similar, 21 to 34, Glasgow area. Box 225

Gay Girl (24) seeksothers for friendship and correspondence. London area. Varied interests. All letters answered. Box 226

Scottish Bachelor Clan. If you want good company, regular social gatherings, pen-friends etc. send S.A.E to Secy, c/o 1070 Dumbarton Road, Glasgow W4.

Calling All Gays (Male & Female) in the Belsize Park area. How about coming together for a drink and social evenings. Write to: Garry, 40 Belsize Park Gardens, London NW3.

“Copy of Jeremy magazine Vol.1. No.7 urgently required; write – Brian Hart, 1 Trinity Road, Folkstone, Kent. Telephone 54698″

AVA – Are you still singing in Manchester ? Can you write to Denis (Fly Me To The Moon) for possible Gay News interview. Gay News, 19 London Street. London W2 1HL. Tel: 01-402 7805.

Gay Artist (chick) sick of pretentious pseud’s, seeks real people to share mediaeval freak outs and much love. Box 141

Business executive, 34, transferred to London shortly seeks young social contacts, maybe roommate. I’m young looking & thinking and love & can afford the nicer things in life. Lets correspond I Photo appreciated, will return.
MAX, PO Box 26017, Los Angeles 90026, USA Airmail.

Crazy Gay Lady (26) seeks friendly, lovely, long-haired girl (18-22) for fun and love. Would you keep me warm this Winter ? Box 218

Photographic model – good looking – 26 -5’9″ – 10st, interested in wrestling, would like to meet others with similar interest. Pref. similar build. Box 227

Manchester Area. Inhibited lonely, generous, Gay, 25, wishes to meet masculine Gay early-mid twenties, for friendship. Photo appreciated. ALA. Box 229

West Wales Gay Male (24) sincere, non-effeminate, seeks similar male in twenties, anywhere (preferably with own pad) for permanent friendship with a view to living together. All letters answered. Malcolm. Box 230

Generous Gay Man offers free accommodation and all help to suitabel nice looking, poor gay young man, no class distinction, photo please with reply. All letters answered. Box 232

John (24) seeks new young friends. Lines area, travel to London some weekends. Box 233

“Peter – tee you at the Drag Discotheque Aug 9 or any Wednesday after – Pontrefact Castle, 48 Chapel Street, London NW1. (Edgware Road tube station.) — am doing wild go-go dancing there. John.”

Holiday Companion (attractive, literate and unobvious young man in late 20’s preferred) sought by similar for September holiday abroad. Phone number appreciated. Write Box 110

Chick (23) of the celtic races; not actually repulsive, seeks nice relationship, ambitious, gregarious, poetic, dig David Bowie ! Genuine replies please. Box 236

One Man Wanted to Help Distribute “Gay News” in Edinburgh. 30% commission. Contact Ian Dunn at 15 Hope Park Terrace, Edinburgh.

Young Man with long hair, fed up with insincere people, wants to meet someone dolly with long hair to settle down with. Have own home and car. Only letters with photo answered. Box 212

Rewards of Love are fantastic. I risked my life in Aden to make over £3,000 profit for blind people in 16 weeks, wishes to make the lonely become hopeful, the unloved feel loved, a future for a versatile guy 21-30. Not scared to marry. Ambitious in ideas, needs a mate to share everything with. Never be afraid to love again. Success in love. Success in living. Starting from scratch. Probably seen me Daily Mirror/Sketch. BBC TV News, or Radio, “World at One”. The loneliest are the hungriest for love. John Hiscock, Simba Safety Club, “the simbas”, 37 Rodbourne Road, Westbury On Trym, Bristol, BS10 5AT.

Left Wing Jew, seeks Londoner able to entertain. Slim, under 30, below 5’10”, and complete capricorn. Brighton hospitality possible. Photo exchange optional. Box 208

Anyone Lonely in Guernsey – either sex – any age, like to form social group ? Alternatively anyone interested in coming to my house for coffee and conversation ? (Lesbian, single, 40) Box 209

32 year old Londoner visiting Aviemore (Scotland) seeks companion for hill climbing etc. or local person to spend the evenings with – also pen pals. Box 210

Gay Male (21) would like to meet young male for sincere friendship and mutual pleasure. Photo if possible – returned with one of myself. Box 211

Presentable, dark, slim company director, 35, reliable, seeks friendship with someone under 2b who prefers older types. Resident South London, enjoys driving, willing to travel. Varied interests. Box 213

Cork City. Young 26 shy and lonely, requires gay friend 21-30. I would like pen pals with a view to meeting and going places together. Photo please (ret’d). A.L.A. Box 214

Dear Boys and Girls, please make life a little easier for the phantom typesetter of Queensway by making sure that your ads are easy to read. It takes so long doing translations. Thanks a million and a half – good luck with all your ads.

Any personal ads containing any form of racial prejudice will be immediately rejected, and money paid for insertion will NOT be refunded. Gay News collective.


Young Man, 27, seeks bedsitter or share of flat -Central or North London. Box 223

Just Off Putney High Street — Two room flat in newly converted house. Share K/B with three others. Quiet, responsible, mature ladies only. £11.00 P.W. 01-370 4814

Richmond. 4th Prof. Young Man – Share House. Own Room, Central Heating, £8% pw. Phone 01-940 4400

Liberal, moderate, young undergraduate is looking for a room in a flat, or for others looking for same, in N./E./S.W, London.Please write, Alan McGorrin, 59 Forburg Road. London N16 6HR.

Reading, Berks. Gent, 45, requires another to share accommodation on Cabin Cruiser, £2.00 + expenses. Box 231

Guy 17, wants to meet guy, similar age, interested in setting up London Area flat. Box 193

Three impoverished Gay News Collectivers desperately need flat. Must be big, central, comfortable and on the phone. Contact Peter or Doug at 01-402 7805

Best Putney Location – two newly decorated single bed-sits for responsible, mature ladies only. £5.00 each 01-370 4814

Gay Guy, 26, with own car, wishes to share flat with other guys of same age or younger in any of these areas – Ilford, Romford, Leytonstone, East Ham, Mile End, Bethnal Green. Whitechapel, Poplar. Box 228


WANTED. Cleaner/Driver. hard work, good pay, experienced/happy/pretty prefered. Box 176

Young Chef Patron and Waiter of a small high class restaurant, near Sevenoaks needs HELP!! Male of Female, restaurant experience or college training. Excellent working conditions but no accommodation or bus service. 5% day week, 3 weeks holiday. Please apply in writing with some details and wage required. Tony Flockton, 68 Halstead Walk, Allington Farm, London Road, Maidstone, Kent.

Cook : 3rd : Male. Early twenties required friendly Nursing Home – Bayswater. £28. 727-1569 between 8.30pm – 9.00pm.

Ladies Salon urgently requires hair stylists, gay or otherwise, to start work immediately. Above Average Rates. Tel: 01-405 7499 (9am-6pm)

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19720914-12This 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.

It hopes to have an introduction and accommodation service eventually. Write to Box No 99 (do Gay News) or ring: (01) 769 7965 anytime.

‘CHALLENGE’ is a London based homosexual group with branches at Marble Arch, Ealing and Hampstead. We meet each week for a drink and a chat – why don’t you join us? Ring Martin at 427 8175

KENT GAY DAY. CHE Kent Youth Group and Kent Gay Liberation Front are holding a Gay Day on Saturday September 23rd in Canterbury – meet at Longmarket 2.30pm. Events include a hand in hand walkabout, leaflet distribution, public speaking and march through town with banners. We desperately need your support in making this a success to nromote gay awareness in unliberated Kent. Come and join us. Fast Inter-City train departs Charing Cross 13.00 arriving Canterbury West 14.23. Alternatively 1½ hrs journey by car down M2. Full details from Brian Hart, 1 Trinity Road. Folkestone, Kent. Tel: (STD 0303) 54698.

HOMOSEXUAL GROUP, meeting Fridays in NW London, with fairly serious interests (and a sense of humour) discusses sex. people, religion, politics; listens to good music; hears poets and playwrights read their own work – and that of others; makes a genuine attempt to befriend and help the lonely from the teenager to the senior citizen. For further details and a friendly chat ring either: 769-7965 or 450-4318

The Rev. Troy Perry and Dr. Norman Pittenger at the Conway Hall, Red Lion Square, WC1. Friday September 22 at 7.30pm. An open debate on Christianity and the homosexual. 20p.

Meetings Wednesday 8.00pm, at the South London Women’s Liberation Centre, 14 Radnor Terrace, SW8. All women welcome. Tel: 01-622 8495

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

“Gay Cambridge”, a joint CHE/GLF group covering both the town and university. Meets every fortnight, wekkly in university term. Contact Bernard Greaves, 29 John Street, Cambridge, phone Cambridge 52661 or Pat Jones, 48 Milton Road, Cambridge, phone 55772.

Putney/Wimbledon/Richmond CHE group forming. Men AND Women. We plan to meet at least once a month. Write: Fred Green, 368 Upper Richmond Road. Putney SW15 2TU.

Gay Unity, Harrow. For details phone Jamie at 863 1184 or Alex at 422 7890 Meets on Mondays.

Newcastle GLF Dance August 25 at Sallyport Tower. Licensed bar until midnight. Group, Disco and possibly a lightshow. Tickets are 35p., available from all members of Newcastle GLF.

Sappho meets every first Monday m the month, at the Museum Tavern 7.30pm, upstairs room. Great Russell Street. London WC1. All women are welcome. Sappho magazine is available at 30p inc. postage for single copies. (Subs rates are unchanged) from Sappho Publications Ltd., BCM/Petrel. London WC1

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 Britton Grove, Crouch End, London N8 9EX.

Campaign for Homosexual Equality London Information Centre, 22 Great Windmill Street, London W1. Tel: 01-437 6117/8. Until the last week of September the office will only be manned 12noon to 6pm, seven days a week.

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.

Women’s Liberation Workshop, 3 Shavers Place, London W1. Tel: 01-839 3918.

GAY CAMBRIDGE — all Freshers at University go to Stall at Corn Exchange October 3 to 5. Contact Pat Jones, 611 Kings College First.


Aberystwyth Essex University Reading
Bath Folkstone Sheffield
Bristol Greenoch Swansea
Brent Guernsey Sussex
Bedfordshire Higham Ferrers
Birmingham Hull LONDON
Belfast Keele University South London
Bradford Lancaster West London
Cambridge Leicester East London
Cheltenham Leeds Notting Hill
Canterbury Manchester Hackney
Cardiff Newcastle Youth Group
Colchester Norwich Religious Group
Derby Oxford Women’s Group
Durham Portsmouth
Edinburgh Potteries

The addresses of these groups may be obtained from the G.L.F. Office at 5 Caledonian Road. London N1. Tube Kings Cross. Tel: 01 -837 7174. Also contact here for other G.L.F. information.

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

Religious Gay Lib Group, meets various Sundays at 2.30 pm. Phone 278 1701 for details.

Bath Gay Awareness Group has moved again. Meetings Thursdays, contact John, Bath 63168 or Hugh Bath 4738 for further information.

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

Essex GLF University , contact Brian Roberts, c/o Student Pidgeon Holes, University of Essex, Wivenhoe Park, Colchester.

Leeds GLF Liberation Office. 153 Woodhouse Lane. Leeds 2. Tel: 0532-39071 ex 57. Meetings every Friday at 7.30pm at the Liberation Office.

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

Reading Gay Alliance, Room 7, 30 London Road, Reading.

Sussex GLF meets Tuesdays at 8.15pm upstairs/back bar Stanford Arms. Preston Circus Brighton. Contact Doug Coupe, 40 Ashford Road, Brighton, or phone Ray at 686939.


Chilterns (Berkhampstead South Essex (Basildon)
/Amersham) South Herts (Watford/St Albans)
Colchester Southampton/Bournemouth
Cornwall Stoke-on-Trent
Croydon Swansea/Carmarthen
East Kent (Canterbury) Teeside
Guildford Tunbridge Wells
Halifax/Huddersfield. Tyneside
Ilford Windsor
Leeds Wirral
Lewisham Wolverhampton
Liverpool Wolverhampton & District worker’s group
Central London
Highbury/Islington Manchester
Kilburn Oxford
Manchester Kent
Newport/Cardiff Liverpool
Norwich Devon
Oxford Leicester
Portsmouth Enfield
Reading Barking
Sheffield Preston
Shropshire Taunton

Many local group organisers are wary of having their names 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


EDINBURGH from 7.45 to 9.00pm on Mondays in the basement of 23 George Square. Saturdays from 9.30pm coffee/food/dance at the same address. There is also a Womens Group. Check with Mike Coulson 031-225 4395 between 1pm and 10pm any day.

GLASGOW from 8pm on Tuesdays at Bruce Briggs. 8 Duncan Street, Glasgow C4 and Third Friday of every month at 214 Clyde Street (Library of Community House) with invited speakers from 8pm. There is also a Womens Group. Check with John Breslin 041-771 7600.

DUNDEE from 10.30pm on Fridays at 1 Airlie Place, drinks and dance. Check with Len McIntosh 0382-452433 evenings.

ABERDEEN and SALTCOATS check with John Breslin 041-771 7600


SUMMER DISCO 8-12pm Saturday 30th September . Admission 35p. Fully licenced bar open till midnight. In the Concert of Fulham Town Hall, opposite Fulham Broadway tube station. Last train connecting with other lines 11.59pm. In aid of CHE London Club Premises Fund.

GLF DANCE. October 6, Fulham Town Hall. 8.00pm-12.00 midnight. Admission 50p Grouos. disco, bar.

Reading Gay Alliance : Weekly Disco at Railway Tavern : 8pm.

Gay Disco in THE CRYPT, ST MATTHEWS CHURCH, (opposite Town Hall). BRIXTON Sept 18th & 25th & hopefully every Monday. BR/Tube Br.xton Buses 35. 37. 109, 59. 2. 3. 26. Admission 15p Beer and Sandwich Bar. LOVE – KISSES SOUTH LONDON GLF

Sussex G.L.F. Disco every Friday 8-11pm at Stanford Arms, Preston Circus, Brighton. Only 15p.

Weekly GLF Disco starting shortly at BULL & GATE pub. Kentish Town Phone GLF Office at 01-837 7174 to check details.

Tuesday Nights – ROYAL OAK. 62 Glenthorne Road. London W6.
Wednesday Nights – THE PONTEFRACT CASTLE 48 Chapel Street, Edgware Road Tube.
Dancing Permitted, complete with Drag Show featuring Mr.Jean Fredericks. Peter Martindale & Diamond David.

At the HILTON HOTEL Park Lane,
Miss U.K. Drag,Dinner/Dance. 8.30 pm to 3.00 am. Saturday September 30th. Tickets from J.Watson, 55 Blomfontein Road, London W. 12.

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.
Gay News is on sale at all Tricky Dicky Disco’s.

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 – closed for the Summer. Re-opens early October.

THE FATHER RED CAP Boys Only, Girls Only, and Mixed Disco’s.
Gay News is always on sale at the Father Red Cap (upstairs disco).


The DisKOtheque (D O K), 2a Lowndes Court, London W1 (off Carnaby Street) regularly has Gay News on sale. Thanks.

Gay News thanks Roddy and The Masquerade — the paper is always available at the door. Masquerade Club, 310 Earls Court Road, SW5.

Drag & Cabaret

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 NEW BLACK CAP 171 Camden High Street, NW1 (Camden Town Tube) Drag Every Night.
Featured Artists include Mark Fleming, Bow, Mrs Shufflewick, Jean Fredericks, New Dumbells, Sandy Graham, Chris Kay.

Alan McGorrin is Gay News’s super salesman at The Black Cap. Be nice to him, he works very hard for us.

THE FATHER RED CAP 319 Camberwell Road, SE5 (Camberwell Green)
Featured Artists include Lee Paris and Lettuce, Michael and Bow, Sandy Graham

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. Regular artistes include Jean Fredericks.

ELEPHANT AND CASTLE. South Lambeth Place. SW8 (Vauxhall). Every night except Tuesday Regular Compere Jackie. Recommended by Gay News for happy and friendly atmosphere.

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

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

THE BELL. Pentonville Road, N1 (Kings Cross). Every Alt. Friday.

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

Alexandra Road, St.John.s Wood, NW8
Wednesday’s  Friday’s

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.

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

MARIO’S CLUB, Stenford Street, off Castlegate, Nottingham.

Nottingham – Roebuck, Mansfield Road, room upstairs

THE PLOUGH, Great Munden Herts. A.10 thru’ Ware (Herts), signpost on left to The Mundens. At the end of side road turn right – pub is on right. About 3 miles off the A.10

THE PAVILION CLUB, 123 Shardlow Road, (A6), Shardlow, Derbys. Tel: Shardlow 581. Open Wed, Fri, Sat & Sun from 8.00pm.

Gay News, wishes to thank the management and staff at the Colherne and the Boltons (at Earl’s Court) and the Champion (at Notting Hill Gate) for their help in letting us sell Gay News in their establishments. Gay News will regularly be on sale in these three pubs in West London.

Postage costs are very high, so when you write to us, could you please enclose a stamped addressed envelope for the reply – if you want a reply, that is.