London’s Week Of Warhol

LONDON: London has just finished a week when Andy Warhol’s latest movie was shown in the London Film Festival and his older “Trash” was given a certificate after almost two years of campaigning.

The renter of all Warhol’s movies in this country, Jimmy Vaughan, announced that the censor had approved of Trash having an X-certificate rating rather fittingly just before a Film Festival screening of Heat, which will be the next Warhol movie to run the gauntlet of the censor’s office, following Flesh and Trash.

Mr Vaughan also announced that Trash would open its London screening early next year in the West End, and not in Chelsea as had been planned.

The announcement on stage just before another movie was fitting because it matched the Hollywood world of stars that Heat is about. And for the same reason, it was rather fitting that Mr Vaughan decided to throw a party to celebrate his success at the end of the campaign to get Trash a certificate.

Joe Dallesandro who was the rent-boy in Flesh plays a trash-picking junkie in Trash and goes on to become a former child-star in Heat. All the movies are directed by Paul Morrisey.

Trash tells of the degradation through heroin of Joe who ultimately can’t make it with anyone, not even the drag queen he lives with.

Heat is a bizarre parody of the American dream of Tinsel Town. Joe is pestered by a strange group of women; there are a partly gay unmarried mother and her ex-movie queen mother pursuing him. They all live in a motel run by an immense madam, who also tries to get a bit of the action with Joe. Just to finish things off the motel is also populated by a pair of boys who work in a stage sex show.

The Warhol movie factory moved from its native New York to Hollywood to shoot Heat.

Presumably censor Stephen Murphy will take another two years before deciding to allow Heat to be shown to the public.

In Memory Of The Unknown Gay Dead

WHITEHALL: Sunday 11am, 12th November, 1972: A large crowd falls silent by the command of a cannon from Horse Guards Parade and the tolling of Big Ben. The hypocrisy of the church mourning the dead of wars and still allowing them to continue…

Where are the big guns, daddy?

The Last Post. The ritual begins. For Queen and country, she’s there with the old man and the kids. The politicians with plastic flowers,

the army with rifles and a brass band, the Air Force (royal) with a brass band, the navy with swords and a brass band, and the police with their personal radios, and, you guessed it, a brass band.

Daddy lift me up.

Music and marching and they’re all gone. They did a good job this year, at least three times as many people as last, or maybe they were just tourists.

Will people wishing to file past the Cenotaph please join the queue now forming at the entrance to Downing Street.

A long queue, it took nearly an hour to pass, in the middle a few members of CHE, not carrying the usual red, but pink, in the form of a triangle. The pink triangle used by the Nazis to identify homosexuals in the concentration camps of the Third Reich. The lowest of the low, the most dispensable. Very few survived. The wreath laid, the group moved off. An attendant, tidying them, went to move the triangle, and as if he had burnt his hands, visibly jumped, then read the attached card more closely. ‘In memory of our brothers and sisters who died in two world wars, especially the victims of the Third Reich. From The Campaign for Homosexual Equality.’

The pink triangle is still there (Wednesday) but the card’s gone.

Martin Corbett

ED: In the Theory and Practice of Hell by Eugen Kogan the reality of being gay in a Nazi concentration camp is shown to be truly a nightmare: “Homosexual practices were actually very widespread in the camps. The prisoners, however, ostracised only those whom the SS marked with the pink triangle. The fate of the homosexuals in the concentration camps can only be described as ghastly. They were often segregated in special barracks and work details. Such segregation offered ample opportunity to unscrupulous elements in positions of power to engage in extortion and maltreatment.

This consigned them to the lowest caste in camp during the most difficult years. In shipments to extermination camps, such as Nordhausen, Natzweiler and Gross Rosen, they furnished the highest proportionate share.”

There were five types of triangles branded onto people in the camps. They designated those who were: political, exponents of the Bible, antisocial, professional criminals and homosexuals.

Love to Lesbian’s Come Together for the above.

“Gay Sex Ed. Is A Must”

LONDON: A teach-in in London was told a teachers’ information service should be set up to advise teachers on how they can introduce gayness into sex education in schools.

The teach-in was held at the London Collegiate Centre by the Campaign for Homosexual Equality and the London Homophile Society. The subject was introducing homosexual education into schools.

It lasted all day and was split into three sections.

In the first session, called Identifying The Problem, the speaker was Malcolm Johnson. The second session was Methods of Education with David Bell as speaker. David said that if a teacher had a healthy loving relationship with his pupils they would accept his sexual orientation as an incidental and healthy part of his total personality. Too often, gay teachers simply comply with acceptable heterosexual standards and to that extent have a hollow negative relationship with their pupils.

The third part of the teach-in was on practical action with Glenys Parry of CHE speaking.

In question time one teacher said he felt that a teachers’ information service should be set up to advise teachers on the best way to teach pupils about gayness.

Others criticised Michael Douane, of Risinghill School and N. S. Neil – who are seen as progressive in education – were reactionary in their approach to homosexuality. Apparently, they said, the heads saw freedom making happy healthy heterosexual children and adults, and that homosexuality is the result of negative environmental pressures.

One teacher said that real live homosexuals should be allowed to be guest speakers at schools to avoid a discussion on homosexuality becoming too abstract. But this idea the teach-in thought, would be a challenge to school authority structures and the establishment’s thinking, and would be difficult to implement.

Glenys’s session on practical action was on the ways teachers could come out and influence their pupils’ minds by discussing the real nature of figures in history and introducing the subjects into religious instruction lessons.

Whilst the teach-in admitted that it would be difficult to introduce homosexuality into some subjects, such as metalwork, Wallace Grevatt, who did much of the organising that got the teach-in to happen, said he hoped a teachers’ action group to provide an information service and to create pressure upon educationalists to consider the possibility of introducing homosexual education into school curricula.

Sssch-Press Silence

LONDON: A sex-education movie that may be bought by the Inner London Education Authority may not be advertised in the Evening Standard, because Cobra Films who made the movie want to quote the criticism of Cobra-1 that appeared in Gay News.

Cobra-1, also called etcetcetc, approaches the subject of sex from a standpoint that values relationships higher than “the perfect position” for a couple.

When Cobra Films booked the space in the Standard the advertisement department could see no objection to running the ad.

But when Geoff Richards, formerly of the Electric Cinema Club in Portobello Road, which gave Cobra-1 its premiere, took the copy for the ad along to the Standard, he was told by the assistant advertisement manager that the Gay News criticism was “near-pornography”. The man at the Standard suggested that Cobra should find a “respectable film critic to quote — like Alexander Walker” if it wanted to run the advertisement.

But Cobra Films, who maintain that the Gay News criticism (in GN10) was the only crit that approached the movie on its own terms refused to change the wording and would not cut off the by-line tag: “Peter Holmes, Gay News.”

The result is that no advertisement for Cobra Films’ first movie appeared in the Standard. The shareholders of Beaverbrook Newspapers are the losers.