Gay Lib Newsettes

Hampstead Squat

LONDON: A new squat commune has been formed and is living at 44 Parkhill Road, Hampstead. At present occupied by seven people, there will eventually be fifteen to twenty people living there. They are appealing for help with plumbing, furniture, electrical work, bedding etc.

Come Together

LEEDS: Gay Liberation Front held its first national ‘come together’ for some time, over the weekend February 17th-18th in Leeds.

It was dominated by the Marxist elements, who decided to hold a further conference in Warwick two weeks hence. In addition, the next issue of ‘Come Together’ the GLF paper will be produced by provincial groups who have felt very out of things.

Edinburgh GLF in particular were disgruntled, feeling that no-one realised the difficulties of being gay in Scotland, where the 1967 act doesn’t apply, so it was decided that the next think-in to be held within two months, will take place in Edinburgh.

Gay News caused some heated discussion. While London GLF seemed to dislike the paper and made vague utterances about us holding shares and making money!!! the provincial groups were generally in favour of us. About 40% of the people present at the think-in were women, and they expressed disquiet at the lack of women’s content in the paper, and talked of creating their own publication.

During the latter half of the weekend, the think-in split into small groups, which discussed such subjects as transsexualism, gay marxism, child care and gay country communes.

New Gay Centre

LONDON: The former AgitProp Bookshop at 248 Bethnal Green Road, E2 will re-open on the first of March as “Bethnal Rouge”, run by a collective of gay men from London GLF. They will continue to stock the wide range of books and political literature sold by AgitProp and hope to expand the coverage of literature pertaining to womens’, gay and childrens’ liberation. They hope the shop will develop as a gay centre where homosexual men, women and children, will drop in to talk and have coffee.

Goodbye Agitprop

LONDON: Agitprop, East London’s leading alternative bookshop is to close on February 5.

Agitprop, run by a collective from a store in Bethnal Green Road, broadened its interests to include being an information service and the home of many East London alternative groups – such as the East London GLF. It has to close because the members of the collective find it impossible to carry on.

Andy and Pauline Conroy are faced with charges of conspiracy to get guns. Ruth and Harris are being hassled over their visas. Under these pressures, they say, they can’t plan for the future.

The Agitprop collective says: “We each feel the need to change in different ways, we feel we must end our involvement in the projects occurring here and help others in the libertarian movement.”

ED: With agitprop closing the laternative loses its major beach-head in the East of London. We would thank Agitprop for being friendly and honest dealers. Without the setup it would be more difficult to start anything new, like Gay News, and we would thank them for their help in giving us information, and acting as a very friendly outlet.

Publications

19720914-10AGITPROP BOOKSHOP
I Give You Oscar Wilde 40p.
A Gay Manifesto 5p.
Gay Manifesto (GLF London) lOp The Sexual Struggle of Youth 37%p Oscar Wilde 60p.
Come Together 5p.
and many more books, pamphlets, papers and posters at the shop or by post from 24B (GN) Bethnal Green Road, London E2.

Gay Books & Novels.
The Other Love by H.Montgomery Hyde, 75p.
The Unrecorded Life of Oscar Wilde by Rupert Croft-Cooke, £3.50.
The Wild Boys by William S.Burroughs, £2.50.
Oscar Widle by Philippe Jullian, 60p.
The Well of Loneliness by Radclyffe Hall, 50p.
Death in Venice by Thomas Mann, 30p.
I Give You Oscar Wilde by Desmond Hall. 40p
All obtainable by post from: Books,
84 Woodhouse Lane, Leeds 2. Tel; 42483. Ad 10 % to cover post and packing.

BACK NUMBERS of GAY NEWS are
still available. Send 13p (which includes postage etc.) for each back issue.

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