Information

This corner is really a long list — of pieces, people you might like to know about or one day need. We can, of course only publish the information that is sent in to us.


Southampton area: Gay men and women welcome to new group. Details from Ken Romsey 512959.

Bristol Gay Student Society – for all young people, male and female. Regular meetings, social events, guest speakers, theatre visits, awareness groups. Write to Trevor Locke, Gay Students Soc, University of Bristol Union, Queens Road, Bristol BS8 1LN for a programme of events. Tel: Bristol 35035.

Social group for homosexual men and women meeting in London – weekends in East End, mid-week in various small groups. Come and make new friends in congenial surroundings. Write for details to SK group, c/o Albany Trust, 32 Shaftesbury Ave, W1.

CHALLENGE is a social group for gay women and men over 21. We have weekly meetings at 3 London branches and would be delighted if you would join us for a drink and a chat. Please telephone any evening between 7 and 11. Dial 567 5085 and the operator will give you the number of the member of the evening. Do call us.

LESBIAN LIBERATION meets Wednesdays 8 pm at the South London Womens Liberation Centre, 14 Radnor Terrace, SW8 (near Vauxhall Tube). ALL WOMEN WELCOME. Telephone: 01-622 8495. Mon, Tues, Wed and Fri evenings only.

OXFORD GAY ACTION GROUP. Regular meetings take place on Sundays at 8pm In the Marlborough Arms’, St Thomas Street. Oxford.

GAY MARXIST GROUP now forming. Politically committed homosexuals of both sexes welcome. Details: 01-794 3368.

SAPPHO meets every first Monday in the month at Euston Tavern, corner Judd Street/Euston Road, London NW1. 7.30 pm upstairs room. All women welcome. SAPPHO 30p inc post for single copies from BCM/PETREL, LONDON WCIV 6XX.

BRIGHTON Gay Soc meets weekly. Contact Ray at Brighton 686939

GAYSOC: for homosexual men and women in any school or college of London University – undergraduate, postgraduate or staff. Social, political and campaigning activities aimed at creating better conditions for gays within the university – then the world! Write (enclosing SAE please): GAYSOC ULU, Malet Street, WC1.

Abortion, contraception, entertainment, transport, legal advice, jobs, alternative? Work, food, hitch-hiking, cheap furnishings, communications, shelter, late night services, accommodation, free services, ad infinitum… Contact: Nutshell Information Service. Phone Birmingham 772 2483, 24 hours every day (Ask for Nutshell as we share a line with St Basil’s Centre).

Homosexual Counselling and Parent’s Enquiry. You or your son. daughter, parent or friend could be homosexual and may need help and understanding. Write for appointment to FRIEND Centre Broadley Terrace, London NW1 or telephone 01-402 6345 Mondays to Fridays 7.30 to 9.30pm.

Leicester Gay Awareness Group ring Leicester 738832, ask for Clive or John.

Oxford Gay Action Group meets every Sunday at 8pm in the Marlborough, St Thomas Street. Fortnightly discos from Fri. Jan 5th at the Cape of Good Hope, The Plain, Oxford. Further info — Oxford 45301 between 7pm and 8pm.

WARWICK Gay Soc has started. Meets every Tuesday 6pm in the Coffee Bar at the University. Contact Irwin Timms, 60 Russell Terrace, Leamington Spa, or Jill Brown, H44, Rootes Hall.

READING GAY ALLIANCE regular discos and socials counselling, quiet meetings, public meetings and action. Town and university. SAE for Newssheet, Room 7, 30 London Road READING.

Alternative Free Library needs donations of radical/liberated Gay Papers and Magazines, ESPECIALLY Back Issues. Please write Geoffrey Leigh, 30 Wood-side, Wimbledon, London SW19 7AW.

Harrow Gay Unity. For details phone Janie at 863 1184 or Alex at 864 2291. Meets on Mondays.

Manchester gay women meet on alternative Mondays. Details: Liz Stanley, 061-881 3683.

Jewish Homophile Group welcomes new members of either sex. For further information, please write to Timothy Goldard, BM-JHG, WC1 6XX.

Information Sheffield’s Students Gay-Soc, Students Unions, Western Bank, Sheffield 10.

Gay girls meet on alternate Fridays 7— 10.30pm, Blue Anchor Hotel, St Mary’s Street. Cardiff, upstairs room.

REACH, a nationwide homophile group of members of the Christian churches, primarily concerned with campaigning within the churches and helping isolated homosexual Christians, Reach, c/o 27 Blackfriars St Manchester.

Help/information/coffee at Bethnal Rouge, a bookshop run by a collective of gay people.248 Bethnal Green Road, London E2. Tube:Bethnal Green. Bus: 8.

Manchester University Homophile Society social events, campaigning – open to all-meets Thursdays 8pm, meeting room 4, University Union, Oxford Road.

Fellowship in Christ the Liberator. Communion service 8pm, Sundays, West Kensington. Details: FCL c/o 61 Earls Court Square, London SW5.

“Gay Cambridge”, a joint CHE/GLF group covering both the town and university. Meets every fortnight weekly in university term. Contact Bernard Greaves 29 John Street, Cambridge. Phone Cambridge 52661.

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


CAMPAIGN FOR HOMOSEXUAL EQUALITY

There are over 70 local groups. For details, enquiries and membership information, contact their offices at:-
28 Kennedy Street, Manchester M2 4BG, Telephone 061-228 1985,
or
22 Great Windmill Street, London W1, Telephone 01-437 7363. (London Information Centre, open daily from noon to 10pm).

Homosexual Women: Find out more about CHE groups from a woman. Every Tues 6.00pm to 10pm, at 22 Gt Windmill St, W1.Tel:01-437 7363

Birmingham CHE meets on March 31st, 7.30pm at Carrs Lane Centre. Information. Denis, Birmingham 5 (STD 0902) 752673

CHE Cardiff now meets at Chapter Arts Centre, Market Street, Canton, Cardiff every other Monday. (Nov. 20th etc). Gay News will be on sale.

CHE All London Political Action Group, 22 Great Windmill Street, London W1. Tel: 01-437 7363

CHE’s political action group is looking for a group of university/polytechnic students/lecturers interested in conducting a survey among the public attitudes to homosexuality. The aim of the enquiry is to help shape the future campaigning activities of CHE. Offers of help, suggestions, etc should be addressed to’ David Hyde, PAG, CHE London Information Centre, 22 Great Windmill Street, London W1. Tel: 01-437 7363.

Wandworth/Richmond CHE group forming. Incorporating Fulham/Wimbledon and fringe areas. Men AND women. We meet twice a month. Write to Charlie Mickltwrioht 46b Chartfield Ave., SW15.

Stepney: CHE group forming around this area and including the other parts of East London not catered for. For details ring Mike: 01-476 7980.

Streatham area — newly formed CHE group meets regularly. Details: Ian Clayton, 56 Hillbrook Rd, SW17.

YOUNG GAYS meet regularly in London. The CHE Youth Group meets fortnightly around Central London. Details from Mike or Jim at 01-385 7246.


SCOTTISH MINORITIES GROUP

Postal enquiries: SMG, 214 Clyde Street, Glasgow G1 4JZ

For meetings in ABERDEEN and GLASGOW ring John Breslin (041-771 7600). For meetings in DUNDEE ring Len McIntosh (0382-452433).

For meetings in EDINBURGH ring Mike Coulson (031-225 4395) between 1pm and 10pm any day.


GAY LIBERATION FRONT

London Gay Liberation Front is divided into local groups and there are over 40 provincial groups. Full information from the London GLF office, at 5 Caledonian Road. London N1 Tel: 01-437 7174.

Gay Women’s Lib (North London) Meet at The Crown and Woolpak, 397 St Johns St EC1 (Angel Tube) 8pm on Mondays.

West London GLF meets in the Committee Room of Fulham’s Town Hall. Fulham Broadway on Thursdays at 8pm.

South London GLF meets Thursdays at Minet Library, Knatchbull Road, Brixton.

York GLF now forming. Details from Bob Olorenshaw, A 113 Derwent College, University of York, Heslington, York.

Newcastle GLF meets Wednesday 8pm at 258 Westgate Road, Newcastle 4.

Bath Gay Awareness Group meets Thursdays 8pm. Infor from John — Bath 63168 or Hugh – Bath 4738.

Camden GLF meets Thursdays at Forresters Hall, 5 Highgate Road, Kentish Town.

Leeds GLF meets on Fridays at the OS A Lounge in the University Union. Meetings open to all.

TV and TS group meets Tuesdays at All Saints Church Vestry, Clydesdale Road, W11 at 8pm.

East London GLF meets Thursdays at 103 Market Street, East Ham E6 at 8pm.

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.

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.


Discos

DISCO First Sat of each month at the Odd Spot Coffee House & Grill, Sir Simon’s Arcade (behind TSB), Lancaster. Tel: 2750 11pm to 4am. Bring a bottle Gay News will be on sale.

Father Red Cap. 319 Camberwell Road, SE5. (Camberwell Green).

Upstairs Bar now open 7 nights a week — Tricky Dicky Boys Only Disco now on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays. Also mixed disco on Wednesday and Saturdays Girls Only disco on Friday. Gay intimate evenings on Mondays. Free Admission Mondays and (for a limited period) Tuesday’s Boys Only Disco.

South London GLF Disco every monday except first Monday of the month. At The Crypt, St Matthews Church (opposite Town Hall, Brixton. BR/Tube. Buses 35, 37,109, 59, 2, 3. Admission 15p – Beer and sandwich bar. Love – Kisses – South London GLF.

Camden GLF weekly disco in the discotheque next to the Bull and Gate Pub (200 yds Kentish Town Stn) every Wednesday from 8pm to 1am.

DRAG MOBILE DISCOTHEQUE Tuesday nights – ROYAL OAK, 62 Glenthorne Road. London W6. Wednesday nights – THE PONTIFRACT CASTLE. 48 Chapel Street, Edgware Road tube. Dancing permitted, complete with drag show featuring Mr Jean Fredericks, Peter Martindale and Diamond David. KINGS ARMS, Liverpool Street, London (corner of Pindar Street) Tube – BR Liverpool Street, buses 8, 8A, 22, 6, 47, 87, Tricky Dicky show on Saturday night 8.30 to 11. Admission free. Saloon bar disco, impersonations etc. gay atmosphere. Gay News in on sale at all Tricky Dicky Discos.

West London GLF present a weekly disco every Tuesday at Fulham Town Hall (opposite stn). 8pm.

Reading Gay Alliance weekly social Wednesday, disco Saturday, Admission to each 20p (10p students). Both at The Railway Tavern, Stanshawe Road, Reading. No membership.

Sussex GLF Disco every Friday 8-11pm at Stanford Arms, Preston Circus, Brighton. Only 20p.

Oxford Gay Action Group: Weekly Discos 8pm on Fridays at “The Cape Of Good Hope”, The Plain, Oxford.

Leeds GLF discos every fortnight. Contact their office for location.

West London GLF present discos at Fulham Town Hall, Harwood Road, at 8pm on March 13 and 27, April 17 and 24.

CHE Wandsworth/Richmond are holding a disco on Thursday March 22 at 8pm, upstairs at the White Lion pub. Putney High Street (by the bridge). Admission 25p. All Welcome.


Drag & Cabaret

This is a list of some of the pubs in London that regularly have Drag Acts. Information of our 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 tor you landlords as well.

ROYAL VAUXHALL TAVERN 372 Kennington Lane SE11 (Vauxhall). Regular Compere Pat Kelly with the Keltones.
Sun Lunch : Bow. Sun Night : Lola.
Mon : Bow. Tue : Mr Rae-Chell
Wed : Lee Paris. Thu Alvis + Odell/Bow/Various. Fri : Lola. Sat : Lee Paris THE NEW BLACK CAP 171 Camden High Street, NW1 (Camden Town tube). Drag every night with Tony Page.
Mon—Thurs—Sat with Marc Fleming.
Tues with Sandy Graham
Wed with New Dumbelles.
Fri with Nicky Young
Sunday (lunch) with Marc Fleming and Mrs Shufflewick
Sunday (evening) with Perri St Clare or Sandy Graham
Alan McGorrin is Gay News’s super salesman at The Black Cap. Be nice to him, he works very hard.
Father Red Cap. 319 Camberwell Road, SE5. (Camberwell Green)

PALACE OF DRAG — Drag every night.
The following artistes are proud to announce they are appearing at the Father Red Cap; Lee Paris, Tammy Colin Cordell, Alvis & Odell, Lee Tracy and Len Morton.

THE EAGLE, 15 Clifton Road, W9. Drag — Fri, Sat, Sun.

THE CRICKETERS. Battersea Park Road, SW11 (BR Battersea Park)
Sun The Trollettes Fri Various Artistes
Tues Steel Band Sat Singalong/Dancing
Wed Various artistes Compere/Organist:
Thurs Talent night Kenneth Mancell

WINDSOR CASTLE
309 Harrow Road, W9 (Westbourne Park) Drag on Wednesday and Sunday (lunch and evening)

ROYAL OAK, 62 Glenthorne Road W6 (Hammersmith). Drag every night. Regular artistes including Mr Jean Fredericks.

ELEPHANT & CASTLE South Lambeth Place, SW8. (Vauxhall) Drag every night except Tuesdays. Regular compere Jackie.


Gay Pubs

WILLIAM IV Heath Street, Hampstead NW3 Hampstead Tube.

THE SALISBURY. St Martins Lane. Near to Trafalgar Square and Leicester Square tubes.

THE QUEENS HEAD. Tryon Street (off Kings Road. London SW3).

THE CHAMPION, Bayswater Road. Nearest Tube is Notting Hill Gate.

THE BOLTONS and THE COLEHERNE are opposite each other at the junction of Earl’s Court Road and Old Brompton, Earls Court tube.

THE SHIP AND WHALE, 2 Gulliver Street SE 16.

THE IMPERIAL, Richmond-High Street.

THE GREEN ROOM, The Wheatsheaf, Goldhawk Road. Shepherds Bush.


Friendly Outlets

Gay News will always be on sale at the following pubs:

THE ANCHOR INN (The Viking Club), East Street, Southampton, Saturday nights. Girls Only (Ask for Jan).

THE PUBLIC HOUSE not just another bookshop. 21 Little Preston Street, Brighton, Phone 28357.

LE FAUNE Restaurant, 23 Praed Street London W2 1NJ. Tel: 01-723 5170.

SHANE’S CLUB 1 Broadhurst Gradens, Finchley Road, NW6 always has GN on sale.

THE PAVILION CLUB. 123 Shardlow Road, (A6) Shardlow, Derbys. Tel. Shardlow 581. Open Wed. Fri, Sat and Sun from 8pm.

THE ROBERT BURNS, 9 South Front, Southampton ‘The small pub with a BIG welcome – Doris & Dennis’.

THE GREEN MAN. The Place, Winchester, Hants. Your host – David M Price.

ROKOKO CLUB, Roker, Sutherland. GN on sale there every Saturday.

PRINCESS ROYAL, 172 Wellingborough Road, Northampton. Your Hosts – Pem and Vim.

THE NIGHTINGALE CLUB. 50 Camp Hill, Birmingham 12 (021-772 2665) sell Gay News.

The Paint Box Club. 29 Foley St., W1. Drag & Disco Mon-Sat.

Moulin Rouge, 72 Worral Rd., Clifton, Bristol.

Gay News wishes to thank the management and staff at the COLEHERNE, and the BOLTONS (at Earls 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.

Gay News thanks RODDY and ERIC of the MASQUERADE – the paper is always available at the door. Masquerade Club, 310 Earls Court Road,

Thanks to all at the QUEENS HEAD, Chelsea, for letting us regularly sell Gay News there.

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

The Father Red Cap, Boys Only, Girls Only and Mixed Disco’s. Gay News is always on sale.

Valentine’s — Georges Club (off Gay Street), Bath. Gay News is always on sale.

Thanks to DON JOHN’S, one of the North’s foremost Gay clubs, for selling Gay News.

Thanks to the REGENCY (opposite Theatre Royal) Bath. Gay News is always sold there by Bath Gay Awareness Group.

Tim will always sell you GN at the Elephant & Castle and the Royal Vauxhall Tavern at Vauxhall.

A very special thanks to Bill and Mike at the UNICORN BOOKSHOP, 50 Gloucester Road, Brighton. Tel: 682307.

BRISTOW’S PAPERBACKS, 4 Bridewell Alley, Norwich. Tel: 29535. A ‘goodie’ of a shop.

The Green Room, of the Wheatsheaf, Goldhawk Road, Shepherds Bush, always has Gay News on sale. Your host for the evening: Ronnie.

Bethnal Rouge, 248 Bethnal Green Road, E2. A liberated bookshop run by a collective of gay people, always has GN on sale.

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Two Arrested at Biograph

During the afternoon of Tuesday February 27, two men were arrested in the Biograph Cinema, at Wilton Hoad, London. They were taken into custody by two uniformed police officers pretending to be cinema-goers. The two men were later charged with committing an act of gross indecency’.

The police were operating in the cinema at the invitation of the cinema’s manager, Mr Wheelan. The two constables, wearing ordinary blue raincoats to hide their uniforms, entered a row of seats and allegedly spotted the two men having a ‘grope’.

On information received from one of the accused, the police advised him to plead guilty to get it ‘over and done with’. The person involved is wisely not taking this advice, without first consulting a solicitor.

GN warns all patrons of the Biograph to be especially wary for the time being. Further details of police activity in this country’s oldest cinema will appear in this paper. If you have any information about the current goings-on at the Biograph, please ring us at Gay News on 01-373 0586.

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Solicitors Protest Over Police

A complaint has been made in the current issue of the Law Society Gazette about the way police drew up a character background of a man accused of a motoring offence in a London trial recently.

The complaint is made by the solicitors who acted for the motorist when he was accused of a drink-driving offence.

The solicitors allege: “Our client’s antecedents prepared by the Metropolitan Police to inform the court of his history and previous convictions included the statement that ‘he is known to associate with homosexuals.'”

ED: Gay News applauds the action taken by the solicitors involved. Let us hope that a full inquiry will result and that the police responsible for this despicable incident – attempting to use the general public’s ignorance and prejudice for their own ends – will not go unpunished.

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Gay News To Attend CHE Morecambe Conference

it is now confirmed that a Gay News reporter will be present throughout the Campaign for Homosexual Equality’s First Annual Conference at Morecambe in April.

A full report of the proceedings, plus the GN reporter’s own impressions of this major event will be published in the edition following the conference.

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Utmost Caution

Whilst GN does not wish to moralise or be accused of scaremongering, we think that it is only right to inform you that gay men should take the utmost caution in the vicinity of a well known late night ‘cottage’ in the Olympia/High Street Kensington district of London.

The place referred to is the property of the public house it stands next to.

On information received from usually reliable sources, we understand that members of Hammersmith Police Force are visiting the ‘cottage’ in question frequently between 11.00pm and the early hours of the morning.

No arrests have been reported so far, but the names, addresses and full particulars of these found in the area are being taken by the police.

More details as they arise, in future editions of GN.

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SMG for House of Lords

Lord Archibald has written to Edinburgh’s Scottish Minorities Group offering to call a meeting of Peers and MP’s in the House of Lords on Wednesday March 28, 1973. The meeting will be jointly convened by Lord Archibald and Tom Oswald, MP. Both men have had meetings with SMG members.

Lord Archibald’s Scottish connexions are strong – 52 (yes, 52) years ago he was a Labour Councillor in Glasgow. He is married to the daughter of Bonar Law: she is an energetic woman in her seventies: the historical strands are fascinating! A 4-man SMG team is travelling to London to thrash out the parliamentary tactics towards the successful passage of their proposed Homosexual Reform Bill.

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Gay News Seized In Edinburgh

Copies of Gay News have been seized in five shops in Edinburgh by the police. Issues of Oz, Private Eye (?), Rolling Stone, Cracker and other alternative papers were also ‘taken into custody’ in the raids, allegedly carried out in an attempt to crack down on pornography available in the city.

Obscenity prosecutions are said to be pending. Fuller coverage of this story in the next issue of GN.

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