On Hearing A Drag Queen Cackle

04-197208XX 08After the sometimes strange prominence given to certain people when writing on DRAG, persuaded, it seems, by twenty-year-old photographs, may a Drag Queen say a word of truth about himself?

In my Act I do — inter alia — the Indian Rope Trick. It has always amazed audiences. Now, another Drag Queen has shown me a new trick. If you are going bald, don’t get too excited too quickly.

One night I was about to appear at a well known night club that is gay. As I combed my hair, prior to pinning it up to take the wig, a Drag Queen friend came into the dressing room. I had produced a tuft — not a few hairs – a tuft of hair on my comb. “Gord, girl, you’ll soon be bloody bald.”

This depressing conclusion had already forced itself upon me, since the supply of hair on the head is limited. How I hated the Drag Queen AND the comment. To add to the injury, he took my comb and gently combed through my locks just once, then screeched: “You’ll soon be a bloody billiard ball.” By great self control. I didn’t tell him to shut his great big cakehole; that I’d had sleepless nights concerning this coming disaster, and that it needed no stressing from that bitch. I do love my long hair.

“I can help you. if you’ll let me.” I thought: “How like a Drag Queen.” Then said;”A fortune awaits anybody who can truly stop hair falling out.” But the bitch wouldn’t be silenced. “I can do it, girl” This was said with such sisterly confidence that I paused, and was told the actual names of Drag Queens who had not only arrested the fall of hair, but now had a new growth. This was irresisible. “How much?”

I paid over some pounds and in due course the Drag Queen delivered to me some pretty pink pills: “Take two a day for the first week, then one a day.”

Let me be honest with you. dear reader. I would have eaten shirt buttons once persuaded that my nightmare of baldness could be overcome. I carried out instructions. After only a few days, the hair actually ceased to come out and my long locks took on a new glow.

Friends remarked on the change. Later. I bought more pretty pink pills and kissed the phial each night. Some time later I developed pneumonia.

In hospital I was made to feel important, special. Doctors called other doctors to my bed. I knew I must be something special.

Could these clever men tell that I had new, strong hair? Could they know the Drag Queen had shown me a new trick? Eventually, I was allowed to get up and bath. Only then did I realise that they DID know. No pills had been taken for a long time, but ‘Mirror, mirror, on the wall,” I could see how special I had become — was still becoming — that I should titillate to the grave: the pills had given me hair, they had also given me tits.

The moral of this story seems to be: ‘The Gods can give with two hands — hair and two tits, if a Drag Queen can be said to be a God. What a trick! Who’s amazed now?

Information

04-197208XX 12This corner is really a long list – of places, eople you might like to know about or one day need. We can only, of course, publish the information that comes to us. There’s a limit to what we can find out for ourselves, and too many pubs, clubs, movement offices and so on for us to visit. So – if there’s something we should know about, then you should ALL know about it. If your favourite pub or local gay group isn’t mentioned, write and tell us where it is and so forth. You can see from the listings themselves the sort of thing we think is of use and interest. These aren’t ads – we print all information free. The page is all yours!


Sussex GLF Summer Dance on Saturday 26th August, 8 12pm. at Co-op Hall. London Road. Brighton. Live Groups/Disco. Admission only 50p. Crash pads available.

GAYSOC. For London University students. Meets regularly in term. Send s.a.e. to Gaysoc, ULU, Malet Street, London WC1.

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

LESBIAN LIBERATION.
Meetings Wednesday 8.00pm, at the South London Women’s Liberation Centre, 14 Radnor Terrace, SW8. All women welcome.

‘CHALLENGE’ is a London based homosexual group (recently heard on ‘Speakeasy ) that meets each week for a drink and a chat – why don’t you join us? Ring Martin at 427 8175 or Sid at 328 4647.

Meetings Fridays 6.00pm. Gays interested in classical music, theatre, discussions on homosexuality and society. Starting Friday 28 July. Telephone 01-450 4318.

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

New CHE group at BARKING, c/0 George Jordan, 39a Mansfield Road. Ilford Tel 554 3337.

CAMPAIGN FOR HOMOSEXUAL EQUALITY is urgently seeking office premises in or near Central London, preferably with telephone already installed. 300 square feet approx, required. CHE would be happy to share with another organisation if necessary If you have, or know of, a place vacant, write to : Derek Brookfield, 7 Bruton Grove, Crouch End, London N8 9EX.

FRIEND is the advisory and befriending service of the Campaign for Homosexual Equality Call (Mon

Friend, Centre. Broadley Terrace. London NW1.

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.

Women’s Disco Benefit in solidarity with The Fakenham v Brannon Women. On Friday 1st September at Sols Arms. Hampstead Road. London (Warren St. Tube). Admission only lOp + collection. Bar — Bookstall – Film. Organised by Gay Socialist Women’s Group.

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

Sappho meets every first Monday in the month, at the Museum Tavern 7.30pm. upstairs room. Great Russell Street. London WC1. All women are welcome. Sappho magazine is available at 2Sp for single copies, plus postage,(Subs rates are unchanged) from Sappho Publications Ltd., BCM/Petrel, London WC1.

Women’s Liberation Workshop – 22 Great Windmill Street. London W1. Tel: 437 6118.


CAMPAIGN FOR HOMOSEXUAL EQUALITY

Bournemouth. Swansea/Carmarthen.
Birmingham. Teeside.
Blackburn/Burnley. Windsor/Reading.
Brighton. Wirral.
Bristol. Wolverhampton.
Cambridge. Shropshire.
Chesham/Amersham. Tunbridge Wells.
Croydon. Tyneside.
East Kent/West Kent. Stoke on Trent.
Guildford. Crouch End, N8.
Halifax/Huddersfield. PROPOSED GROUPS:
Ilford. Devon.
Leeds. Bath.
Lewisham. Cornwall.
Liverpool. Taunton.
London: Central-Kensington, Highbury/Isligton, Ealing/Acton, and Kilburn. Leicester.
York.
Bradford.
Watford/St.Albans
Manchester. Southampton
Newport/Cardiff. STUDENT GROUPS:
Northampton. Liverpool.
Norwich. Manchester.
Nottingham. London.
Oxford. Oxford.
Sheffield. Reading.
Basildon. Kent.

Many local group organisers are wary of having their anmes 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 ere GLF groups in operation in the following areas:

Aberystwth 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.

G.L.F. Youth and Education Group meets on Mondays. Phone 837 7174 for details.

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

West London G.L.F. meets every Thursday at 8 00pm upstairs at the ‘White Lion’ pub.

Putney High Street, just south of Putney Bridge Tube Putney Bridge. Buses 14.22.30.86.85A. 93. 220 and Green Line 718. BR Putney. Disco there every Wednesday.

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

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

Bath Gay Awareness Group. Contact Richard or Teresa at Bath 29437.

Bristol Gay Awareness Group, c/o Tony, 200. West Mall. Clifton. Brrstol. Tel: 0272 32669

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

Leads GLF, Liberation Office. 153 Wood-House Lane. Leeds 2. Tel: 0532-39071 Ex 57. Meets every Friday 7.30pm at O.S.A. Lounge, University Union, Ring Phil 0532 782270 for details.

SCOTTISH MINORITIES GROUP

EDINBURGH, from 7.45pm to 9.00pm on Mondays. m the basement of 23 George Square. Check with Mike Coulson at 031-225 4395 between 1.OOpm and 10.00pm. Women’s Group at 7.30pm Saturdays from 9 30pm to 12.30 pm, coffer food/dance at the same address.

GLASGOW,meetings every Tuesday at 8.00p at 8 Dunearn Street. Glasgow C4. Women’s Group at 184 Swinton Road, at 8.00pm. Third Friday of every month at 214 Clyde Street (library of community house) invited speakers, from 8pm.

DUNDEE, every Friday at Dundee University Chaplaincy Social. Details from 041-771 7600.

ABERDEEN. Weekly social meetings. Details from 041-771 7600


Drag

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 GREEN MAN 383Euston Road., NW1.
(Great Portland Street).
Drag Every Night Downstairs. Supper Licence to Midnight Small Enhance Fee after 11pm
Friday. Tony Page and Norman Cabel.

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.

THE FATHER RED CAP 319 Camberwell Road, SE5. (Camberwell Green)
Featured Artists include Lee Paris and Lettuce, Michael and Bow, Sandy Graham
On other nights there are Boys Only, Girls Only, and Mixed Disco’s.

ROYAL VAUXHALL TAVERN.
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 except Tuesday.

ELEPHANT AND CASTLE’. South Lambeth Place. SW8 (Vauxhall). Every nght except Tuesday.
Friday Mark Fleming

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

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

THE BELL. Pentonville Road, N1 (Kings Cross).
Every Alt. Friday. Derek Rees. – Sandy Roy

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

THE ALEXANDRA
Alexandra Road, St.John.s Wood, NW8
Wednesday’s Mr Angel. Friday’s Derek Rees.

UNION TAVERN. 146 Camberwell Road, SE5 (Oval). Drag on Wednesday. Thursday and Sunday.

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.

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.

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.


Nottingham – Roebuck, Mansfield Road, room upstairs & Mario’s Club, Stanford St off Castlegate.

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

THE ANCHOR (Pat & Geoff) East Street, Southampton, Gay girls and boys. Disco every Fri & Sat

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


BELFAST

I don’t know if it would be of interest to your readers, but it is a curious fact that, in spite of being in the thick of the “riot area”, the older-established of Belfast’s two gay bars has never, to date, been bombed, raided or threatened by any faction. Nice to know somebody loves us. S.Fruizzell.


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.

Your Letters Cont.

03-197207XX-09Continued from Page 2

Littlehampton,
Sussex.

Dear Friends,

Why oh why must the minority of gay campaigners always use foul language, clown-tactics and general public rudeness? to put our case (what is our case)? over. We (the majority) don’t want it done this way.

You will find that the majority of gay people argue their way of love with calm, sensible reason. Public bodies, i.e.: Central Government, Local Government. Police and social services etc; would rather listen to sensible suggestions and requests than take heed of ‘Gay-Circus’.

Instead of constantly criticising and giving abuse to Court and Government decisions, no matter how unjust, why not try appeals, reasoned public support.

If law is unjust or a bad one then the public will have it changed, in time. Don’t treat the public as a moronic TV audience, but get about and inform them of the facts, as we see them, ask, politely, for their help. It is amazing how many people, when informed of a wrong, will give help and advice. All it takes is a PLEASE, some thing that seems to be lacking.

Why are the gay organisations segrating us from our fellow man and woman? We’re not zoo specimens, we are ordinary, yes ordinary, humans who want to live life our way, and love our way. Segregation will NOT bring public recognition of our way of life. We MUST mix, we cannot make ourselves into an island.

Why are there not more reports from CHE and CHE groups? Have these groups no Press Officers, or are they just plain lazy? There seems to be too much GLF reporting in Gay News. An organisation that does more harm than good to our campaign, it seems their one aim is to cause trouble. Does GLF now stand for: ‘Get Lost FREEDOM’? I would hate to see Gay News turn into a ‘revolutionary rag’. At the moment this news paper is what is just wanted by the more moderate majority, but please be very careful.

Remember, preach calm, reason and tolerance and we WILL win much much more support. It takes time but then thats life.

Kindest regards
Norman Redman.

 

Monday 10th July.

The Campaign for Homosexual Equality has sent the following letter to United States senator George McGovern.

Dear Senator McGovern,

We are much encouraged by the pledge you have given to work for full rights for homosexuals. We urge you to resist all pressures to drop this pledge from your programme or to accord it a lower priority.

Homosexuals are discriminated against and oppressed in nearly every country in the world and any action in obtaining full civil rights for homosexuals in any one country contributes to their struggle all over the world. We in Britain have been greatly encouraged by your adoption of our cause. We earnestly hope that at this stage you will not abandon it.

Many of us sincerely hope that you will obtain the Democratic nomination and be elected President of the United States. That you will use the office to liberate social injustices that oppress them.

We wish you well.

 

CHALLENGE
6 Dauphine Court
Spencer Road
Wealdstone
Harrow

17th July, 1972

Dear Gay News.

I was very interested to read in your first issue about the furore which appeared to have developed over GLF’s representation on Jimmy Savile’s Homosexual Speakeasy program, and particularly of Michael Butler’s unfortunate involvement in this seemingly underhand business.

We were pleased to have eight members there and naturally we plugged Challenge. GLF’s only representation, out of their thousands of supporters, were three people who managed to squeeze in because they happened to be involved with Gay News.

At Challenge we were bewildered by Michael Butler’s letter:

“The BBC rang and asked me to find thirty gay people as representatives of as many gay organisations and groups as I know, excepting Gay Lib. They also talked about something called “Challenge” which I assumed to be a Gay Liberation Front venture”.

On March 16 our Secretary sent Michael Butler a letter which stated our aims and intentions very clearly. When he greeted us at the Speakeasy recording he apologised for not replying and for not taking up our invitation to come and speak at one of our meetings, so he knew what Challenge was at that time.

The suggestion that he thought “something called Challenge” was a “Gay Liberation Front venture” might possibly placate GLF by implying that in inviting Challenge he thought he was not really excluding GLF. But if one doesn’t think it right to exclude a group as large as GLF then why on earth have any part in the BBC’s plan to do so?

Love and peace.
Hugh.

 

111a High Road.
Leyton,
LONDON,
E.15 2DF

27th June, 1972.

Dear Sir:

I don’t think I am far wrong in stating that the majority of “straights” think of homosexual’s as half-men, half-women, or men who want to be women, and visa versa.

So what does GLF do? They, above everyone else, confirm the attitude and opinion of the straights by encouraging their members to come to meetings, disco’s, gay-days, and demos, etc, in drag. What for? Only GLF knows.

I was once a regular attendant at most of the London GLF meetings. One in particular was the Disco at the White Lion in Putney. But I was completely shaken, confused and (yes) shocked by what I saw. Boys wearing false-eyelashes and bright red lipstick, some even in complete drag. And men with beards and moustaches wearing women’s dresses and a baloon or pillow up the front to stimulate pregnancy. This was too much for me and I had to get away.

Now let me get one thing clear. I am not anti-transvestite. To each his own, and I would not dream of imposing my own set of morals on anyone. Let everyone do their own thing. I don’t imprison anyone. Because, like the straights, if you imprison others, you also imprison yourself. Nor do I see any harm in a bloke dressed as a bird. It’s not wrong. It’s not right. It just is. But why come to GLF and put back the cause of homosexuals 200 years or more?

We all know that every man has homosexual tendencies. That is no surprise to anyone. But if we, as homosexuals, are to be taken seriously, we have to appeal to the straights latent homosexuality. But if they think that by “coming out” of their plastic shells that they too, will become half-women, half-men, then they will NEVER come out .. and we will never be free to live our lives the way we want to live them in our own natural and beautiful way.

For God’s sake, GLF, wake up! And do what’s right. To help ourselves, we have to help others to understand us. It is just as important to learn what not to do, than what to do.

I think the whole idea of GLF needs to be pulled down and re-shaped. Throw out the pot-smoking freaks who are no help to anyone, let alone themselves, and be a bit more, if I may say so, professional.

So, members of GLF who like coming in drag, the next time there is a public demo, think before you attend it in drag. Ask yourself: “Is this really the way to be accepted? I have no doubt that it ISN’T the way.
With Love and Hope,

Wolf von Jurgen

 

The Family Planning Association.
Margaret Pyke House.
Mortimer Street, London W1A 4QW
12th July, 1972.

Dear Sirs,

I should be grateful if you would let me have a copy of your new publication.

II am especially interested in the article “The Twilight World of the Heterosexual”. (Gay News No.1)

Yours faithfully.
W.G.Smith,
Press Secretary.

Information

03-197207XX-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. There’s a limit to what we can find out for ourselves, and too many pubs, dubs, movement offices and so on for us to visit. So – if there’s something we should now about, then you should ALL know about it. If your favourite pub or local group isn’t mentioned, write and tell us where it is and so forth. You can see from the listings themselves the sort of thing we think is of use and interest. These aren’t ads – we print all information free. The page is all yours!


Meetings Friday 6.00pm. Gays interested in classical music, theatre, discussions on homosexuality and society. Starting Friday 28 July. Telephone 01-450 4318.

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

‘CHALLENGE’ is a London based homosexual group (recently heard on ‘Speakeasy’) that meets each week for a drink and a chat – why don’t you join us? Ring Martin at 427 8175 or Sid at 328 4847.

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

GAY UNITY. Harrow. For details phone Jamie at 863 1184 or Alex at 422 7890. Meets on Mondays.

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 Briston Grove, Crouch End, London N8 9EX.

Sappho meets every first Monday in the month, at the Museum Tavern 7.30pm, upstairs room, Great Russell Street, London WC1. All women are welcome, Sappho magazine is available at 25p for single copies, plus postage.(Subs rates are unchanged) from Sappho Publications Ltd., BCM/Petrel, London WC1.

Women’s Liberation Workshop – 22 Great Windmill Street, London W1. Tel: 437 6118

CAMPAIGN FOR HOMOSEXUAL EQUALITY.

At present there are CHE groups in operation in the following areas.

Birmingham. Swansea/Carmarthen.
Blackburn/Burnley. Teeside.
Brighton. Windsor/Reading.
Bristol. Wirral.
Cambridge. Wolverhampton.
Chesham/Amersham. Shropshire.
Croydon. Tunbridge Wells.
East Kent/West Kent. Tyneside.
Guildford. Stoke on Trent.
Halifax/Huddersfield. PROPOSED GROUPS:
Ilford. Devon.
Leeds. Bath.
Lewisham. Cornwall.
Liverpool. Taunton.
London: Central-Kensington, Highbury/Isligton, Ealing/Acton, and Kilburn. Leicester.
York.
Bradford.
Watford/St.Albans
Manchester. Southampton/
Newport/Cardiff.  
Northampton. STUDENT GROUPS:
Norwich. Liverpool.
Nottingham. Manchester.
Oxford. London.
Sheffield. Oxford.
Basildon. Reading.
Bournemouth. Kent.

Many local group organisers are wary of having their anmes 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

NATIONAL GAY LIBERATION FRONT GROUPS.

Aberystwth GLF, c/o Polly Bluck, Room 80, Alexandra Hall, Victoria Terrace, Aberystwth.

Bath Gay Awareness Group, Contact Richard, Flat 1, 20 Park Lane, Bath, Somerset. Tel: Bath 29437.

Bedfordshire GLF, (Bedford/Luton/Dunstable). Contact Nik Ferguson, ‘Northridge’, The Avenue, Ampthill, Beds. If in Bedford area Pete Griffin, 27 Ashtree Road, Tythe Farm, Houghton Regis, Dunstable, Beds if in Luton or Dunstable..

Birmingham GLF, 18 Moor Street, Ringway, Birmingham. Tel: 021-643 0996. Meets Thursdays 7.30pm at Peace Centre at the above address.

Brighton GLF, Flat 4, ‘Transmore’, London Road, Brighton, Tel 0273–509393.

Belfast GLF, c/o M.A.Oulton, 10 Lower Crescent, University Road, Belfast.

Bradford GLF., c/o Robert Harker, Bradford Regional College of Art, Gt.Horton Road, Bradford 7. Tel: 32-777

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

Cambridge GLF, contact GLF (London) for information. 5 Caledonian Road, London N1. Tel: 01-837 7174

Canterbury Gay Lib Society, Patrick Forrest, Rutherford College, University of Kent, Canterbury, Kent.

Cardiff Gay Liberation, c/o Rib, 58 Charles Street. Tel: Cardiff 44441. Meetings every Monday at 7.30 pm, upstairs in the Blue Anchor Pub, St.Mary Street, Cardiff.

Cheltenham GLF, c/o Jim, North Gloucestershire Technical College Students Union, The Park, Cheltenham, or Joe (Sister), 15 Rodney Road, Cheltenham.

Derby GLF, Contact Lawrence Brady, 63 Lexington Road, Chaddesden, Derby. Tel: 0332-674194 after 6.00pm.

Durham GLF, Contact Chris Barratt, Mother Grumble, 13 Silver Street, Durham City.

Edinburgh GLF, Contact Linda & Martin, Top Flat, 141 Dundee Street, Edinburgh EH11 IBP.

Essex University GLF, Contacts, Roger Shaw, Flat 1, Eddington Tower, University of Essex, Colchester. Telephone Colchester 5141 or Stephen Edwards, 93 Plumberoo Avenue, Hookly, Essex.
Meets every second Tuesday at the University.

Higham Ferrers GLF, Contact, Phil Taylor, 21 Kings Avenue, Higham Ferrers, Northants.

Hull GLF, Contact, Keith Hose, Sexual Liberation Society. Hull University Union.

Lancaster GLF, 35 West Road, Lancaster. Telephone Sue 0524 65201 Ex 4422.

Keele Gay Lib Society, Contact, Gay Lib Society, Students Union, Keele University, Staffordshire.

Leeds GLF, Liberation Office, 153 Wood-House Lane, Leeds 2. Tel: 0532 39071 Ex 57. Meets every Friday 7.30pm at O.S.A. Lounge. University Union, Ring Phil 0532-782270 for details.

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

Manchester GLF, Contacts, Shelia Cohen, 43 Brantingham Road, Manchester 16. Tel. 061 226 3849. Or, Steve Lath, 32 Atwood Road, Didsbury, Manchester. Tel: 061-445 3318

Newcastle GLF, now at 106 St.Georges Road, Jesmond. Meets Tuesdays at 8.00pm

Norwich GLF. Contact Jenni Grace. Leister Nurses Home, Norfolk & Norwich Hospital, Norwich, Tel: 0603-28377 Ex 232 evenings only. Ask for Norfolk and Norwich Ex 232. Additional number 0603-873596 (Tony).
Weekly Meetings at Red Lion, Bishopsqate, Norwich on Wednesdays at 7.30pm.

Oxford GLF, Contact Amit Pandys, 2 Marlborough Road, Oxford.

Reading GLF, Contact Martin Kaufman, Sibley Hall, Redhatch Drive, Heading, Berks.

Sheffield GLF, Contact Ian Everton, 82 Harcourt Hoed, Sheffield. 10.

Southend GLF, Contact Stephen Edwards. 93 Plumberow Avenue, Hockley, Essex. Tel 03704-5635.

Swansea GLF, Pigeon Hole G, Student Pigeon Holes, Union House, University College Swansea, Singleton Park, Swansea.

LONDON GAY LIBERATION GROUPS.

G L.F. Office is at 5 Caledonian Road. London N1. Tube Kings Cross. Tel 01-837 7174. Further information concerning local G.L.F. groups available from here.

Religious Gay Lib Group, meets various Sundays at 2.30 pm. Phone 837 7174 for details.

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

G.L.F. Youth and Education Group meets on Mondays. Phone 837 7174 for details.

West London G.L.F. meets every Thursday at 8.00pm upstairs at the ‘White Lion’ pub. Putney High Street, just south of Putney Bridge. Tube Putney Bridge. Buses 14,22,30,85,85A,93, 220 and Green Line 718. BR Putney.
Disco there every Wednesday

G.L.F. EVENTS
Friday 28th July.

Dance at Fulham Town Hall. 8.00pm. Only 50p

Saturday 5th August.
Jumble Sale at All Saints Hall, Powis Gardens. W11.

Sunday 6th August.
Gay Day at Hackney Downs.
Phone GLF Office tor further details. Tel: 837 7174.


Drag

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 GREEN MAN 383Euston Road., NW1.
(Great Portland Street).
Drag Every Night Downstairs. Supper Licence to Midnight Small Enhance Fee after 11pm
Friday. Tony Page and Norman Cabel.

THE NEW BLACK CAP 171 Camden High Street,

Fri 28th. Bow. Fri 4th. Sandy Graham.
Sat 29th. Mark Fleming. Sat 5th. Mark Fleming.
Sun 30th. (Lunch) Mrs Shufflewick. (Night) Mark Fleming. Sun 6th. (Same as 30th July)
Mon 31st. Chris Kay Mon 7th. Mark Fleming
Tues 1st. Sandy Graham/ Tuesday 8th. Sandy Graham & Jean Fredericks Disco.
Wed 2nd. New Dumbells. Wed 9th. New Dumbells.
Thurs 3rd. Mark Fleming. Thurs 10th. Mark Felming.

THE FATHER RED CAP 319 Camberwell Road, SE5. (Camberwell Green)
Fri 28th. Lee Paris and Lettuce.
Sat 29th. Michael and Bow
Mon 31st.Lee Pans
Fri 4th. Lee Pans and Lettuce.
Sat 5th. Sandy Graham
Boys Only, Girls Only, and Mixed Disco’s on other nights.

ROYAL VAUXHALL TAVERN.
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 except Tuesday

ELEPHANT AND CASTLE’. South Lambeth Place. SW8 (Vauxhall). Every nght except Tuesday.
Friday Mark Fleming

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

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

THE BELL. Pentonville Road, N1 (Kings Cross).
Every Alt. Friday. Derek Rees. – Sandy Roy

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

THE ALEXANDRA
Alexandra Road, St.John.s Wood, NW8
Wednesday’s Mr Angel. Friday’s Derek Rees.

UNION TAVERN. 146 Camberwell Road, SE5 (Oval). Drag on Wednesday. Thursday and Sunday.

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 every Wed Comp Tricky Dicky.
Membership to the above two Disco’s is 50p a year (m/ship interchangeable) Entrance 15p. Non-Members 30p.

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.

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.


Nottingham – Roebuck, Mansfield Road, room upstairs & Mario’s Club, Stanford St off Castlegate.

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

Fulham, Stucco and Drag

02-197206XX 4Gay Pride week got off to a friendly but not very inspiring start with a dance at the Fulham Town Hall – all thirties glass and stucco. The hall was responsible for the poor sound – it was either too loud or inaudible – and so the first group deafened me whilst Rupert Herries gentle songs were lost. In the former case, it would have helped if the hall had been full, but, alas, the attendance was only fair.

The most noticeable feature of the evening was the quality and quantity of guys in drag, from those who took themselves very seriously and were got up in variations on a theme by Mae West/Yvonne de Carlo or even a sort of Drag Valentino in a velvet mirrorwork gown, on through the dollybird to a sort of Gert-and-Daisy character in a print shift, woolly socks and hush puppies (not to mention the hairy, stockingless legs and the three-day growth). Major entertainment of the evening for me was watching one guy lifting his skirt and hauling down his tights in order to join we poor trouserbound males at the urinal. But I do wish that the people in make-up had made up their minds too – most attempts at combining thirties vamp and Cherokee warpaint are doomed to failure, I’m afraid.

It was O.K. as dances go, certainly more fun than the last, and I’m quite sure a few of the town hall staff were given considerable food for thought. It’s a pity more people from outside GLF weren’t there – still, never mind, eh?

Drag

02-197206XX 11This 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.

  • THE ALEXANDRA
    Alexandra Road, St John,s Wood, NW8
    Friday’s Derek Rees.
    Wednesday’s Mr. Angel.
  • THE BELL
    Pentonville Road, N1. (Kings Cross)
    Every Alt. Friday.
    Derek Rees.
    Sandy Roy.
  • THE BUSH HOTEL
    2 Goldhawk Road, W.12. (Goldhawk Road).
    Every Thursday.
  • THE COCK
    125 Kilburn High Road, NW6. (Kilburn Park).
    Every Thursday.
  • THE CRICKETERS’
    Battersea Park Road, SW11. (BR Battersea Park.)
    Sun. The Trollets.
    Tues. Steel Band.
    Wed. Various Artistes.
    Thurs. Talent Night.
    Fri. Various Artistes.
    Sat. Singalong & Dancing.
    Compere/Organist
    Kenneth Mancell
  • THE DORSET ARMS’
    124 Clapham Road, SW4. (Oval)
    Tuesday Michael and Bo.
    Thursday Michael.
    Sunday Michael and Bo.
  • THE DUKE OF FIFE
    305 Katherine Road, E7. (Upton Park).
    Every Friday, Saturday and Sunday.
    Latin American Band. No Entrance Fee.
  • ELEPHANT AND CASTLE
    South Lambeth Place, SW8. (Vauxhall).
    Every night except Tuesday.
    Friday Mark Fleming.
  • THE FATHER RED CAP
    319 Camberwell Road, SE 5.
    (Camberwell Green).
    Entertainment from Friday July 7th.
    Fri. 7th Lee and Lettuce.
    Sat. 8th Chris Kay.
    Sun. 9th Lee Paris.
    Mon. 10th Derek Rees.
    Wed. 12th Sandy Graham.
    Fri. 14th Lee and Lettuce.
    Sat. 15th Michael and Bow.
    Sun 16th Mad Hatters.
    Mon. 17th Derek Rees.
    Wed. 19th Chris Kay.
    Fri. 21st Lee and Lettuce.
  • THE GREEN MAN
    383 Euston Road, NW1.
    (Great Portland Street).
    Drag Every Night Downstairs. Supper
    Licence to Midnight. Small Entrance Fee
    after 11pm.
    Friday. Tony Page and Norman Cabel.
    Regular Compere Shane with Keith Mills
    and the Dumbells.
  • 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 every Wednesday
    Compere Tricky Dicky.
  • Membership to the above two Disco’s is 50p a year
    (m/ship interchangeable). Entrance 15p. Non-
    Members 30p.
  • OXFORD TAVERN
    256 Kentish Town Road, NW5.
    (Kentish Town)
    Drag on Tues, Wed, and Thurs.
    Resident host Perri St. Clair.
  • THE BLACK CAP
    171 Camden High Street NW1.
    (Camden Town).
    Drag Every Night.
    Mon. 3 July. Mark Fleming.
    Tues. 4th July. Jean Fredericks
    (Disco) and Sandy Graham.
    Wed. 5th July. Jacque Moray.
    Thu. 6th July. Mark Fleming.
    Fri. 7th July. New Dumbells.
    Sat. 8th July. Mark Fleming Spectacular.
    Sun. 9th July. (L) Mrs. Shufflewick.
    (E) Men of Mime.
    Mon. 10th July. Mark Fleming.
    Tues. 11 July. Jean Fredericks
    (Disco) and Sandy Graham.
    Wed. 12th July. Mrs Shufflewick.
    Thu. 13th July. New Dumbells
    Fri. 14th July. Tony Munrow
  • ROYAL OAK
    62 Glenthorne Road, W6 (Hammersmith).
    Drag every night except Tuesday.
  • ROYAL VAUXHALL TAVERN
    372 Kennington Lane, SE11. (Vauxhall).
    Thursday (Alt.) Mr. Tammy or Lee Paris
    with Lettuce.
    Friday. Mr. Tammy.
    Saturday. Lee Paris.
    Sunday. (Lunch) Bo.
    Sunday.(Night). Mr. Tammy.
    Monday. Bo.
    Wednesday. Lee Paris.
    New Act Starting Soon.
  • UNION TAVERN
    146 Camberwell Road, SE5.
    (Oval). Drag on Wednesday, Thursday and Sunday.
  • WINDSOR CASTLE
    309 Harrow Road, W9. (Westbourne Park)
    Drag on Wednesday and Sunday. (Lunch & Eve).

National (so far)

  • Blackpool – Theatre Club, Tapping Street.
  • Derby – Premier Hotel.
  • Doncaster — Don Juan Club.
  • Leeds – Great Northern Hotel.
  • Manchester – the Union, Rembrant Hotel,
    The Cheddar Cheese, Equestrian Pub.

Drag

01-197205XX 11This 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.

  • THE ALEXANDRA
    Alexandra Road, St John,s Wood, NW8
    Friday’s Derek Rees.
    Wednesday’s Mr. Angel.
  • THE BELL
    Pentonville Road, N1. (Kings Cross)
    Every Alt. Friday.
    Derek Rees.
    Sandy Roy.
  • THE BLACK CAP
    171 Camden High Street, NW1. (Camden Town).
    Drag Every Night.
    Friday June 23. Sandy Graham.
    Saturday June 24. Mark Fleming and guests.
    Sunday June 25. (Lunch) Mark Fleming and Mrs. Shufflewick
    (Night) The Dolly Sisters.
    Monday June 26. Mark Fleming and Mrs. Shufflewick.
    Tuesday June 27. Jean Fredericks (Disco) and Sandy Graham.
    Wednesday June 28. Men of Mine.
    Thursday June 29. Mark Fleming (starting his new competition.
    Friday June 30. New Dumbells.
    Saturday July 1. Mark Fleming with guests.
    Sunday July 2. (Lunch) Mark Fleming and Mrs. Shufflewick.
    (Night) Mickey Young.
  • THE BUSH HOTEL
    2 Goldhawk Road, W.12. (Goldhawk Road).
    Every Thursday.
  • THE COCK
    125 Kilburn High Road, NW6. (Kilburn Park).
    Every Thursday.
  • THE CRICKETERS’
    Battersea Park Road, SW11. (BR Battersea Park.) Wednesday Alt. Mark Fleming.
    Sunday The Trollets.
  • THE DORSET ARMS’
    124 Clapham Road, SW4. (Oval)
    Tuesday Michael and Bo.
    Thursday Michael.
    Sunday Michael and Bo.
  • THE DUKE OF FIFE
    305 Katherine Road, E 7. (Upton Park).
    Every Friday, Saturday and Sunday.
    Latin American Band. No Entrance Fee.
  • ELEPHANT AND CASTLE
    South Lambeth Place, SW8. (Vauxhall).
    Every night except Tuesday.
    Friday Mark Fleming.
  • THE FATHER RED CAP
    319 Camberwell Road, SE 5.
    (Camberwell Green).
    Drag in June.
    Friday 23. Lee Paris.
    Saturday 24. Sandy Graham.
    Sunday 25. Lee Paris and Lettuce.
    Monday 26. Lee Paris.
    Wednesday 28. Ken Gibson.
    Friday 30. Lee Paris and Lettuce.
    Gay Disco’s Every Week. Resident DJ
    Tricky Dicky.
    Thursdays. Boys only.
    Fridays. Girls only.
    Saturday. Mixed.
    Sundays. Boys only.
    Wednesdays. Mixed.
  • THE GREEN MAN
    383 Euston Road, NW1.
    (Great Portland Street).
    Drag Every Night Downstairs. Supper
    Licence to Midnight. Small Entrance Fee
    after 11pm.
    Friday. Tony Page and Norman Cabel.
    Regular Compere Shane with Keith Mills
    and the Dumbells.
  • OXFORD TAVERN
    256 Kentish Town Road, NW5.
    (Kentish Town). Drag on Tuesday and
    Thursday.
  • ROYAL OAK
    62 Glenthorne Road, W6 (Hammersmith).
    Drag every night except Tuesday.
  • ROYAL VAUXHALL TAVERN
    372 Kennington Lane, SE11. (Vauxhall).
    Thursday (Alt.) Mr. Tammy or Lee Paris with Lettuce.
    Friday. Mr. Tammy.
    Saturday. Lee Paris.
    Sunday (Lunch) Bo.
    Sunday. (Night). Mr. Tammy.
    Monday. Bo.
    Wednesday. Lee Paris.
    New Act Starting Soon.
  • UNION TAVERN
    146 Camberwell Road, SE5.
    ()
    (Oval). Drag on Wednesday, Thursday and Sunday.
  • WINDSOR CASTLE
    309 Harrow Road, W9. (Westbourne Park)
    Drag on Wednesday and Sunday. (Lunch & Eve).