The Four Minute Kiss

Photograph: David Hart

LONDON: The Campaign for Homosexual Equality held a promising sounding conference on New Ghettoes for Old, with Lord Arran, Maureen Duffy, Brian McGee and Chad Varah speaking on sexual liberty and the struggle for it.

Lord Arran let on that he was in touch with higher spirits, who, like him, didn’t like the idea of gays kissing in public.

Brian McGee and Maureen Duffy dealt eloquently and informatively on the problems of Gay Liberation for men and women respectively.

Chad Varah said he found it difficult to accept modern ideas of sexual relationships and liberation that belonged, perhaps, he said, to another age.

The possible high-spot was an unplanned speech by a demonstrator in women’s clothes, who used the microphone loudspeaker system in the Conway Hall to tell the audience that sexual liberation could only be achieved after the destruction of capitalist ideals.

For this he got an earful of abuse from Ian Harvey, the meeting’s chairman and enthusiastic applause from the audience. After his speech the radical demonstrator left the stage and kissed a GLF member for four minutes.

Legal Discrimination

The Campaign for Homosexual Equality has recently set up a Legal Standing Committee to coordinate efforts to fight discrimination in the implementation of the law by the Courts, the police and the prison service. The committee would like to ask you for your help in two ways, whether or not you are a member of CHE.

First, any offers of help with our task would be most welcome, particularly from anyone with special knowledge in the legal area and from those willing to undertake a definite job of work such as writing letters or articles, speaking to individuals and groups of people, assisting in the organisation of teach-ins, etc.

Secondly, despite several recent appeals for information concerning specific cases of discrimination, information of this type is still very scanty, although we are aware that many documented cases do exist. We should therefore like to ask anyone who knows of such a case to contact us as soon as possible since without this vital information we shall be severely handicapped in our work. Any information will of course be absolutely confidential unless specific permission to divulge it is given.

Would anyone who feels able to help in either of these respects, please contact the Committee at 17, Oxford Terrace, Gateshead, Co. Durham NE8 IRQ.

Come Togethers

MANCHESTER: On Saturday January 27, the Campaign for Homosexual Equality is holding the first national meeting for gay and bisexual women.

Liz Stanley who’s been involved in the meeting’s organisation told Gay News: “Any woman is welcome to the meeting.”

After a general discussion about involving more women in CHE, people will split up into discussion groups.

These discussion groups will talk about subjects including the problems of married gay and bisexual women, and the children of gay parents; coming to terms with one’s homosexuality, relating to each other and to gay men as well as to heterosexual people; where gay women can go for help – and the specific problems of the help organisations; women’s liberation; radicial feminism and its relationship to the gay women’s struggle; the problems of isolated gay women in provincial towns.

After that they’ll get together again to discuss “Women In CHE – Where We Go From Here”.

After the conference there will be a mixed disco – although the conference itself is for women only.


LONDON: The Havelock Ellis Society will have its second annual lecture at the Royal Overseas League, London SW1 on Friday February 2.

This year’s subject is Sex Research and Social Changes. The lecturer will be Professor John Gagnon, professor of sociology at New York State University.

ED: Details of the women’s conference from Liz at CHE, Manchester – the address is on the back of the paper. More on the Havelock Ellis lecture from Edgar Wright, 121 Broadhurst Gardens, London NW3 3BJ.


LEEDS: A National Gay Liberation “THINK-IN” is to be held in Leeds over the weekend February 17th-18th. The hosts are Gay Lib Leeds and the venue: Leeds University Union.

All Gay Lib groups will be invited and any interested individuals are encouraged to come along.

This will be an important meeting for GLF in this country: at a stage of revolutionary change within the national group and the widely diverse regional groups.

On the Friday night groups will be expected to arrive.

A disco/party will be held. The first Get-together will be held on the Saturday at 10pm. The ‘think-in’ will last all day. A Grand Dance will be held on the Saturday night. A policy meeting and round-up of discussions will take place on the Sunday afternoon.

More news will be released as they get-it-together.

Che Helps Chilterns Lonely

AMERSHAM: Chilterns group of the Campaign for Homosexual Equality, based in Amersham, is negotiating with the Samaritans for the Samaritan counselling service to refer all gay help-callers to the CHE group for more help.

And, to “combat the loneliness and isolation suffered by many homosexual people particularly in rural areas”, the group is launching its own news-sheet.

The group, formed in 1970, will publish a monthly newsletter featuring a page of news items of general interest and a page of interest to CHE members.

They hope that by this new medium of communication will also help draw attention to their campaign for equality for gays.

Meanwhile the group has had a lecture on humanism from the former chairman of the British Humanist Association, Mr David Pollock.

He said that humanism emphasised the joy of living as a virtue, whereas religions put their emphasis on paradise after death.

The only grounds for judging whether an action was right or not should be humanitarian ones.

Letters Continued

Bristling Inaccuracies

9 Moray Place, Edinburgh 3
Dear Gay News,

I never thought I’d find myself springing to the defence of Sir Michael Swann, but your news item in GN14 bristled with so many inaccuracies that the record must be set straight.

  1. The reference to his brush with Scottish International omitted the essential point, which is that he’d got hold of the wrong end of the stick. He thought that the story about a warden at another Scottish university was a bizarrely distorted version of something that had happened at Edinburgh.
  2. The teach-in on Homosexuality on March 8th is not being organised by the Scottish Minorities Group, but by a specially formed committee of staff and students (more non-gays than gays) from Edinburgh University and Heriot-Watt University — containing, by the way, not one professor, but two.
  3. Sir Michael did not write letters complaining about the abusive letters he’d received, though he did ask the Deputy Secretary to the University to tell me that the Teach-In could not be described without Senatus approval as an official University event, as the Glasgow Herald (for reasons best known to itself) had labelled it.
  4. To say that ‘he has taken steps to make sure that no university funds are spent on the teach-in by telling university committees that they may not regard the teach-in as official’ is almost libellous. Our Committee has no evidence that this has happened.
  5. In short. Sir Michael is not ‘on record’ as being anti-gay. It would be quite untypical of him to take any such positive stand. I have recently heard that in reply to at least one of the ‘abusive letters’ he started off by reassuring the writer that the Teach-In was not an official event and ended by saying that the University believed in encouraging free discussion. This hedging of his bets strikes me as far more characteristic of the political animal that he is.

I am not happy about the attitude of the University committees we have approached for help; their reasons for rejecting our applications strike me as specious and unconvincing. But individual prejudice, conscious or subconscious, could well be a sufficient explanation. Making wild and unprovable accusations of behind-the-scenes rigging is just playing into the enemy’s hands. In the long battle for gay rights we have to learn to be cunning as well as courageous.

Michael Coulson

Back In Business

Gay Arrow,
Reading Gay Alliance,
Room 7, 30 London Road,
Reading.
Dear Gay News,

We would like to clarify a point in your article “Angry Silence Hits RGA” (Gay News 14). It ended with the suggestion that complaints from a member of the public may gave made the landlord “forget” to renew his music and dance licence at the Tavern.

This is not true. The complaint to the brewers regarding the press advertisement came after the lapse of the licence. The landlord has done his best to ensure that our meetings go ahead without problems, and was very apologetic at the loss of the licence. He continued to let RGA use the club-room free of charge for the period without extensions or dancing, when attendances were very low and his revenue negligible.

The help he has given RGA since social functions started last June has been the most that could be expected from any licensee in business for gain, and in no other way associated with the aims of our organisation. This contrasts with the attitude of his monopolist employer.

We are pleased to report that he has now regained his licences, and our socials and discos are back in business.

Dave Thompson, Goff Sargent,
Editors of Gay Arrow

Not So Lucky

Albany Trust,
32 Shaftesbury Avenue,
London W1V 8EP.
Dear GN,

Your editorial spiel on money and the gay movement was dead on — except for your belief that “the Albany Trust is lucky enough to have a charitable trust supporting it just now.” I wish this was true, but it’s not. Last year we did receive just under £3,000 from the Gulbenkian Foundation.

But that was a once-only, emergency grant aimed at helping us keep our heads above water to the end of 1972 so that we could continue with the vital job of co-ordinating counselling and befriending activities for the homophile movement. The money has all been spent now, and the grant was necessitated because our 1972 income had dropped to half of what it used to be.

Now, at the beginning of 1973, the Albany Trust is once again faced with the prospect of being out of business within a few months unless adequate support is forthcoming. Our autumn appeal – designed to put us “in the black” for this year as a first step – was a failure. Yet we are not only “carrying” all NFHO’s administrative expenses but have also been contributing to those of CHE and other homophile groups. This can’t go on unless the gay world shows positive signs of wanting it to.

To expect more work to be done by gay organisations when they haven’t enough cash in hand to keep going at present levels is futile. There’s no question of “chicken or egg?” here. Given the cash, we will do the job. But time is short – for the Albany Trust and for NFHO, as well as for Gay News.

Antony Grey, Managing Trustee

Information


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


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.

Campaign For Homosexual Equality London Information Centra, 22 Great Windmill Street, London W1. Tel: 01-437 7363. Office open daily, noon to 10pm.

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

Would any new members of CHE who have not yet received their membership cards, please contact the London Information Centre at 22 Great Windmill Street. London W1. Telephone: 01-437 7363.

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.

New CHE group forming in Streetham. Contact: Ian F. Clayton. 56 Hillbrook Road, SW17.

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

SOUTHAMPTON AREA. Gay group now forming. Details: Ken Romsey 512959.

SAPPHO meets every first Monday in the month at Euston Tavern, corner Judd Street/Euston Rd, London. NW1,7.30 pm upstairs room. All women welcome. SAPPHO 30p inc post for single copies from BCM/PETREL. LONDON WC1V 6XX.

Brighton Gay Soc meets weekly. Contact Ray at Brighton 686939

CHE’s Political Action Group is looking for a group of university/polytechnic students/lecturers interested in conducting a survey among the public into 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.

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, transportt, legal advice, jobs, alternative? Work, food, hitchhiking, cheap furnishiings, communications, shelter, late night services, accommodation, free services, ad infinitum … Contact: Nutshell Information Service. Phone: Birmingham 777-2483 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 som, 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 9.30 pm.

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

Oxford Gay Action Group meets every Sunday at 8 pm 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 7 pm and 8 pm.

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

Gay Civil Rights Group now forming. Information from Frank Honore, Room 406, Hughes Parry Hall, Cartwright Gardens, London WC1. Telephone 01-387 7501

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

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

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

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

LEEDS G.L.F./C.H.E. Joint Office. 153 Woodhouse Lane, Leeds.

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

Gay Esperanto Group. For details of next meeting telephone 01 -637 1220

Gay Women – Lonely? Need, information, company, help with problems? Write Jill Russell, c/o The Peace Centre, 18 Moor Street, Ringway, Birmingham 5 7UH Please enclose S A .E

Wandsworth/Richmond CHE group forming. Incorporating Fulham-Wimbledon and fringe areas. Men AND women. We meet twice a month Write Fred Green, 368 Upper Richmond Road, Putney SW15 2TL

Mikis Theodorakis, the Greek composer, is giving a concert at the Royal Albert Hall on Tuesday 30th January. Tickets: usual agencies.

University of Bristol Gay Students Society for all homosexuals, male and female. Contact Trevor or Clara through the Social Action Office at the Union or phone Tony, Bristol 32669, or write to Gay Students Society, University Union, Queens Road, Bristol BS8 1LN.

YOUNG GAYS meet regularly m London The C.H.E .Youth Group meets fortnightly around Central London Details from Mike or Jim at 01 385 7246

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

Alternative Free Library needs donations of radical/liberated Gay Papers and Magazines. ESPECIALLY Back Issues Please write Geoffrey Leigh, 30 Woodside, 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.

“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


CAMPAIGN FOR HOMOSEXUAL EQUALITY.

Brighton Reading
Bristol Sheffield
Bath Shropshire
Birmingham South Essex (Basildon)
Blackburn/Burnley South Herts (Watford/
Bolton St Albans)
Bradford Southampton/Bournemouth
Cardiff Stoke-on-Trent
Cambridge Swansea/Carmarthen
Chilterns (Berkhampstead/ Teeside
Amersham) Tunbridge Wells
Tyneside
Colchester Leicester
Cornwall North Yorkshire/South
Crouch End Durham
Croydon Windsor/Slough
East Kent (Canterbury) Wirral
Guildford Wolverhampton
Halifax/Huddersfield Wolverhampton & District worker’s group
Ilford York
Leeds PROPOSED GROUPS
Lewisham Devon
Liverpool Blackpool
LONDON Cornwall
Acton/Ealing Stepney
Central Lancaster
Highbury/Islington Enfield
Kensington Barking
Kilburn/Hampstead Preston
Wandsworth/Richmond Taunton
Manchester STUDENT GROUPS
Newport/Cardiff London
Northampton Manchester
Norwich Oxford
Nottingham Kent
Oxford Liverpool
Portsmouth

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


GAY LIBERATION FRONT GROUPS

At present there are GLF groups in operation in the following areas

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

London School of Economics GLF
London Counter Psychiatry

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

GLF Action Group meets Fridays at 7.30 pm at GLF Office 5 Caledonian Road, N1.

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

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 Town Hall, Fulham Broadway on Thursdays at 8pm

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

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

Leeds GLF meats on Fridays at the O.S.A. Lounge m the University Union. Meetings open to all.

Manchester GLF meets Thursdays 8 pm in the upstairs room of the Lass o’ Gowrie, Charles St. (off Oxford Road, near Studio 1-5). Details from Steve or John at 061-445 5095.

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

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

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

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

East London GLF meets Thursdays art 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 200 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


SCOTTISH MINORITIES GROUP

Postal enquiries – SMG, 214 Clyde Street Glasgow G1 4J2

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


Discos

DISCO First Sat of each month at the Odd Spot Coffee House & Grill, Sir Simons’ Arcade (Behind T.S.B.), Lancaster. Tel.2750. 11 pm to 4 am. 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 evening 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 snadwich 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 nights 8.30 to 11. Admission free.
Saloon bar disco, impersonations etc, gay atmosphere. Gay News is on sale at all Tricky Dicky Discos.

KINGS ARMS. Liverpool Street, London.
(corner of Pinder Street) Tube/BR Liverpool Street. Dick’s 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

Leeds G.L.F. presents FANCY DRESS DISCO on Nov 20th. Contact their office for details. Parties, Socials every fortnight.

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

West London G.L.F. presents a dance at Hampstead Old Town Hall on December 2nd Tickets 50p, Disco, Groups, Lightshow, and Bar

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

Birmingham’s Gay Scene welcomes you! By popular demand, FREE admission Disco (every Friday) 7.30pm, 10.45pm, Drinks bar prices. At the ‘Shakespeare Inn’, Summer Row, B’ham, 3. (Back of Town Hall). Wear what you want! Open House, Everyone Welcome!!!

GLF South London presents a DANCE on Feb 3rd at the Surrey Halls, nr Stockwell Tube. Starts 7.30. Bar, Disco, Group, Gnashar and a steel band.


Drag & Cabaret

ROYAL VAUXHALL TAVERN
372 Kennington Lane, SE 11 (Vauxhall)
Regular Compere – Pat Kelly – with The Keitones.
Thurs (Alt) Mr Tammy or Honey
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 including Mr Jean Fredericks

ELEPHANT & CASTLE South Lambeth Place, SW8. (Vauxhall) Drag every night except Tuesdays. Regular compere Jackie. Recommended by Gay News for happy and friendly atmosphere.

SKINNERS ARMS Camberwell New Road Tuesday Nights Only – “LA DUBARRY”

OXFORD TAVERN 256 Kentish Town Road NWS (Kentish Town) Drag on Tues Wed and Thurs Resident host Pern St Oa«r Partly oay on these nights

THE NEW BLACK CAP. 171 Camden High Street. NW1 (Camden Town Tube.
Drag every night with Tony Page.
Mon. – Thurs. – Sat. with Marc Flaming.
Tuas. with Sandy Graham.
Wed. with New Dumbelles.
Fri. with Nicky Young.
Sunday (lunch) with Marc Fleming & 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 QF 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 CRICKETERS Battersea Park Road, SW11
(BR Battersea Park)
Sun The Troilettes Fri. Various Artistes.
Tues Steel Band Sat Singalong & Dancing
Wed Various Artists Compere/Organist
Thurs Talent Night Kenneth Mancell.

DORSETT ARMS, Clapham Road. London SW8. Drag 24/1/73. Les Lee King.

THE EAGLE. Clifton Road, Maida Vale W9. Drag every Friday, Saturday and Sunday evening. Popular artists.

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

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

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 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 Nofting Hill Gate

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

THE SHIP AND WHALE, 2 Gulliver Street, SE16.

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

MARSH MOTEL (Mike & Eileen) Canute Road, Southampton
Semi Gay. Disco every Thursday night Also

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 Tell 01-723 5170

Thanks to SHANE’S CLUB, 71 Compayne Gardens, West Hampstead, London NW6 for selling Big GN

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

THE LORD ROBERTS, Canal Walk, Southampton. (June & Mike)

THE GLOBE. Bernard Street. Southampton. Always a warm welcome from:- Kath, Dick & Peter

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

CLUB CONTINENTAL, High St, Below Bar, Southampton, (Disco) “Strictly Gay”

THE GREEN MAN, The Place, Winchester, Hants. Your Host – David M.Powrie

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

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

THE NIGHTINGALE CLUB, 50 Camp Hill. Birmingham 12 (021-772 2665) sell Gay News.
(They also get a gold star for the best address we have seen so far for a club or a pub.)

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 DisKOthequc (D O K), 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.

Ronnie will be selling Gay News in THE GREEN ROOM at The Wheatsheaf, Goldhawk Road, Shepherds Bush.

When you stay at MAGGIE’S PLACE Hotel you can also buy Gay News to read in bed.

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.


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Editorial

There’s an awful lot of fat queens sitting around on their butts spending all their money on themselves, and not on the gay movement – that’s the opinion of one of the top men in Britain’s homophile organisations.

He reckons there’s £7¾ million being earned each year by members of societies that belong to the National Federation of Homophile Organisations.

This estimate and the accusation that rich gays spend their cash on themselves only came at the annual meeting of the NFHO, held last month.

What caused the plain talking, after the first half of idealism, hopes and plans, was the fact that Gay News is — in plain English – broke. Flat broke, or, at least, it was at the time.

Immediate Donation

The NFHO asked Gay News to tell the meeting what it was like running a fortnightly homosexual newspaper. And we told them. After that people’s reservations about talking money crumbled. The NFHO gave Gay News an immediate donation of £50 from its all too small funds.

Antony Grey, the managing trustee of the Albany Trust, said an appeal which, ten years ago, would have raised £3,000 to £4,000, now raised £300 to £400 if they were lucky.

Why is money drying up? Are there less gays? Of course there aren’t.

Poverty Parade

It would seem that ten years ago, before the 1967 Sexual Offences Act, even the rich gays were prepared to write a cheque now and then to keep the few organisations then brave enough to exist to claim our civil rights as gays.

Now they have been given half of what we want — we are half-legal, we half-exist— and it seems they can’t be bothered to keep supporting those who are doing the fighting on their behalf.

It’s not just Gay News that finds money hard to get, the Gay Liberation Front parade its poverty in its regular newsletter. CHE needs money. Friend is young and poor

The Albany Trust is lucky enough to have a charitable trust supporting it just now, the NFHO – which could link up the disparate efforts towards gay liberation, given a chance — is starved of funds.

Selfish Gays

As the senior man from the organisation that belongs to the NFHO said, it’s time these gays stopped being complacent and started doing something to benefit the rest of the gay community — if it exists at all, rather than selfishly spending all those £7¾ million on themselves each year.

The editorial collective decided some time ago that we weren’t going to deal with internal matters in the editorial column (that’s what “Here We Are Again” is for).

But the present money shortage in the laughably constructed “gay world” has hit all gay organisations and publications. Therefore we feel that the matter is more important than being merely a domestic shortage.

Independent and Determined

The fact that this copy of Gay News has been printed is proof of what we intend to do. We’ll keep on keeping on. Keeping on at the authorities who have only given us half a life and keeping on at those selfish gays who can’t be bothered to support their organisations.

The fact that we have received donations and loans from various quarters — more details elsewhere – does not mean that we are going to start toeing anyone else’s line.

From now on Gay News is Gay News. And it’s here to stay.

Shoe-Strings can Strangle

We started without enough money to get past issue three. This is Gay News 14. Through cost-paring and seemingly never-ending days of work, this paper runs on a shoe-string. But a shoe-string isn’t good enough.

How many gays have to get by on £15 a week? Because each member of the collective never receives more than that. Gay News is here now. But it still needs money. £500 immediately. With another £1,500 to follow to guarantee our existence for 1973.

It’s not the only gay organisation to need money. We all do. Just to stay in existence — for some of us.

Big Mouths

People are generous enough with their praise, the sound they ought to produce if they think the gay organisations are doing any good is the sound of pens on cheque books.

Librarian Says No

BATH: Despite requests from Bath’s Gay Awareness Group for Gay News to be stocked along with other newspapers and periodicals in the city’s library reading rooms, the Director of the Bath Municipal Libraries has refused to allow the paper to go on display, and he blames the re-organisation of local government, which is due to take place within the next year or so.

The libraries’ director also told BGAG that the libraries didn’t have enough notice-board space to take a Campaign for Homosexual Equality poster. He said the notice-boards were kept for official posters only.

But, having denied Bath’s gays any worthwhile publicity, he gave the impression of fairness by telling the group that it could fill in a registration form for the Directory of Local Societies, a card-index kept in the Reference Library. This, he said, would show “the time taken to complete the form will be amply rewarded by the publicity thus achieved.”

First National Friend Conference

FRIEND, CHE’s counselling and advisory service, is holding its first national conference on Saturday 13th January. The conference is intended primarily as a forum for FRIEND group organisers and their counsellors who will be coming from all over the country. Items on the agenda include planning for the future expansion of the national network of FRIEND and working with voluntary and statutory agencies.

In the evening there will be a party at CENTRE, FRIEND’s national headquarters, from 8-12 pm, open to all. A room has been booked adjoining the dance nail to enable people to talk and socialise without being blasted by the music.

Tickets cost 50p (proceeds to FRIEND) and are available now from FRIEND CENTRE, BROADLEY TERRACE, LONDON NW1, or can be bought on the night of the party.

NOTE: CENTRE is not licenced, so if you want to drink – PLEASE BRING A BOTTLE!