Towards A Gay Culture

SO… we have come out from under our stones. Some of us are now satisfied with what we are. Others of us still feel the urge to push the gay movement forward – but in what direction? At this moment in time, two approaches dominate.

The first, deriving partly out of the liberal-reformist elements of GLF, and the activist elements of CHE, focusses on the issues of civil rights. Not one of the minimal demands of the GLF Manifesto has yet been realised. It is obvious that where we do not simply fake them, as when we ignore the antiquated age of consent, and thumb our noses at the law, then a lot of work has got to go on pursuading those who make the laws and determine the policies that derive from them, to take gay people seriously into account. This needs to go on at all levels of society.

The second, deriving mainly out of the more radical elements of GLF, focusses on what we can call ‘the politics of experience’ as they are manifested in the interpersonal relations of a small group. The importance of the latest edition of Come Together (no 14) is that there is here a serious attempt to report on a sustained effort to explore in actual behaviour some of the further-reaching conclusions of the Manifesto. But this is an introverted trend. It moves further and further away from what most gay people – most people, even – are willing to attempt.

The demands it makes lead almost necessarily to a total exclusion of other concerns which, while not bearing in any sense on gay liberation, have their own importance for those involved in them.

The significance of these trends must not be minimised, either by invidious comparison of one from the standpoint of the other, or by a cynical debunking, from the sidelines, which may give the illusion of being above any shit-work, but serves in the main to demonstrate a crass and insensitive complacency

These two categories correspond more or less to two of the three categories outlined by Jeff Weeks in his article on the GLF movement some weeks ago (GN6). His third category, Gay Socialism, has yet to make itself felt, even though it transcends both the others, as far as he is concerned. The people who could be to us what Juliet Mitchell and Shulameth Firestone are to the Women’s Movement are around – we can only suggest they get on with the job of providing us with our own definitive texts.

But what Jeff Weeks’ analysis missed is another trend which has yet to be named. This is a broad trend which shows itself in the accumulating written week-to-week, month-to-month experience of an increasing number of people who neither identify nor wish to identify with any of the particular dominant strands that can be discerned in the gay movement. It is beginning to fill the great vacuum between the limiting rip-off porn, and the limiting technicalese of certain professions which do well out of calling us deviant, examples of it are the less specifically committed articles to be found in back numbers of Come Together, in Gay News as a whole, and in Lunch.

They document the immediate past and the ongoing present. They represent a self-pronounced perspective on ourselves which does not so much seek identity, as assumes it. We no longer have to preface what we say with any remarks of justification addressed to some named or nameless majority. This in itself is an immense step forward.

But all of these journals tend to evoke a sense of transitoriness. The necessary brevity of each item in their contents is a major factor, flashes of occasional insight incapable of being transformed into sustained exploration.

Interestingly enough, there are stirrings elsewhere, that seem to be a response to recent changes in the gay sense of self. Over Christmas I came across and read a book by Dirk Vanden (‘All Is Well’ Olympia Press), a self-confessed gay-pulp author, which seems to be a prelude to what is to come.

‘All Is Well’ is basically concerned with the progression of one man from a state of extreme sexual repression to a form of liberation. The first state has introduced tremendous mental blocks which effectively divide the man’s consciousness into two parts. The first rigidly defines the limits of his sexual-emotional life – even his masturbatory fantasies are confined to memories of sex with his estranged wife. His relations with his son are distant and authoritarian.

On the other hand, a frustrated unconscious side begins to emerge from the first page in the form of apparently external threats to the man’s life-style – poison pen notes, later combined with pornographic photographs and actual threats on his life. Certain key events lead to an integration of these two partial personalities. The puritan Robert fuses with the immature sexually destructive Bobby to become the liberated Bob.

Vanden’s idea of liberation leaves a great deal to be desired. It is a variation on the theme of prick-power, coupled with a curiously amorphous mysticism which envelopes the final pages. The latter can be criticised both for its failure to recognise a continuing context of oppression – all is not well, insofar as this is ignored, and its lack of general viability. Finally the book is a very patchy literary product.

But what is important is the altogether positive stance it ends on. Contrast this with the end of ‘The Boys In The Band’, for example, where the principal character sidles off to early morning mass. Nemesis, in the form of the knowledge that deep down he is not ‘glad to be gay’, has caught up with him, and he makes appropriate reparation. Vanden’s character is moving onward when the book ends.

There needs to be more, and better examples of this longer-term stuff, since it so effectively extends the difference already demonstrated by current short-term journalism between what we thought we were, and what we think we can be.

If the work is a play, there can be interesting side-effects. Bruce Bayley recently wrote and directed a play at Kingston Polytechnic which deals in a surrealist manner with gay issues. From his account of the difficulties of production and their gradual resolution, it is quite clear that there were valuable outcomes before the first night. The very act of needing to play roles which went against cast-members’ assumptions of personhood and sexuality proved a useful consciousness-raising experience for them.

Vanden’s book and Bayley’s play provide just two examples of where energies can be usefully directed. Both are additions to the developing gay sense of self. It seems to me that we need to aim consciously at creating a gay culture which not only differentiates and sensitises our responsiveness to what we are and can become, but also augments straightforward political statements and activities.

A contemporary gay culture also needs to discover and understand its roots. Most of us know nothing of homophile movements in the past or their articulate representatives. In the present, extensive critiques of the treatment of homosexuality by writers, filmmakers etc, just do not exist. We need to start up historical and cultural studies of this kind. We need to find whatever there is to find, and make it readily available.

In practical terms, this would be possible in very small groups – the current standard unit of the gay movement.

University gay groups at a loss what to do might consider these suggestions seriously. They have the access to materials, and, at least in principle, the time to pass them on. But for other groups there are other sources of information – the local library used effectively can be one of them. Finally, no group whatever its size or location has a monopoly on creative skills, though making a film is obviously a highly specialist activity.

Every movement in the past – and Black Liberation is a recent example – has recognised the need to create and elaborate an authentic culture where only distortion and/or ignorance has prevailed before. It is needed as a primary basis for a real and continuing awareness among members of that movement. It is this superordinate task which defines the essential unity of the gay movement, whatever internal differences of opinion may exist. Recognising this as a conscious aim will make us generally more positive towards, though not necessarily less critical of, those activities or ideas which we would not carry out or hold ourselves. It will redefine the apparently divisive tendencies that seem to be generated as different paths taken in essentially the same direction.

Information

This corner it really a long list — of places, 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.


Campaign For Homosexual Equality London Information Centre, 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, pleese contact the London Information Centre at 22 Great Windmill Street, London W1. Telephone: 01-437 7363.

Gay group for CHE Conference Ball at Morecambe in April. Tel. Lancaster 2750.

THE GAY CHE CABARET fab 19-22 inclusive at the Rehearsal Club, Archer St, W1. at 9.30 pm.
Tickets 30p in advance or at the door. Proceeds to FRIEND, CHE’s counselling service. Open at 7.45
7.45 pm for Drinks & Disco. No Membership Required.

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

CHALLENGE is a social group for gay women end 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 5065 and tha 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 Thornes Street, Oxford.

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

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 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, transport, legal advice, jobs, alternative? Work, food, hitchhiking, cheap furnishings, 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 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 9.30 pm.

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

Jewish Homosexual Liaison Group welcomes new members, also advice and befriending service for all Jewish gays. Please write only to Simon Benson, Albion Court, 75 Larkhall Rise, London SW4 6HS.

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.

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 Chatter 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

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

“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 57661

University of Bristol Gay Students Society for all homosexuals, male and female. Contact Trevor or Clare 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 in 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 social 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.

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

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 GaySoc, Students Unions, Western Bank Sheffield 10.

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

Gay brothers who would like to take part in mime of Snow White and Gay Dwarfs (text printed in GN13), phone Julie at 837 7174 or the author at 892 8527. Little rehearsal or acting experience needed.

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.

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


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

There is insufficient space to give an address for each CHE group. All CHE groups may be contacted through the national office: 28 Kennedy Street, Manchester M2 4BG. Phone 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 G.L.F. 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

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

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

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

Leeds GLF meats on Fridays at the O.S.A. Lounge in 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 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 Meeting 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.

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

KINGS ARMS, Liverpool Street, London, (corner of Pindar 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.

Sussex G.L.F. Disco every Friday 8-11 pm, at Stanford Arms, Preston Circus, Brighton.
Only 2Op

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


Drag & Cabaret

ROYAL VAUXHALL TAVERN
372 Kennington Lane, SE11 (Vauxhall)
Regular Compere Pat Kelly – with The Keltones.
Thurs (Alt) Mr Tammv or Honey
Friday Mr Timmy 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.

THE CRICKETERS Battersea Park Road, SW11 (BR Battersea Park)
Sun The Trbiiettes Fri Various Artistes
Tues Steel Band Sat Singalong & Dancing
Wed Various Artistes Compere/Organist
Thurs Talent Night Kenneth Mencell.

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 Perri St Clair Partly gay on these nights

THE NEW BLACK CAP, 171 Camden High Street, NW1. (Camden Town Tube.
Dreg every night with Tony Page.
Mon. – Thur. – Sat. with Marc Fleming.
Tues. with Sandy Graham.
Wed. with New Dumbelles.
Fri. with Nicky Young.
Sunday (lunch) with Marc Flaming & Mrs Shufflewick.
Sunday (evening) with Perri St Clare or Sandy Graham
Alan McGorrin is Gay News’s super salesmen 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 ere proud to announce they ere 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.

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 (Westbourne Park)
Drag on Wednesday and Sunday (Lunch & Eve)

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. Hampsteed NW3. Hempstead 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. Earl’s Court Tube

THE SHIP AND WHALE 2 Gulliver Street, SE16.

THE IMPERIAL, Richmond High Street

THE GREEN ROOM, The Wheatsheef, 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 Jen).

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

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 Shardlow 581
Open Wed, Fri, Sat & Sun from 8 00pm

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

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 — Pern 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 DisKOtheaue (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.

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.


An Apology to our Manchester Readers

Gay News apologises to our Manchester retailers and readers who have missed the last two issues. Unfortunately our Manchester distributor moved without letting us know. The situation is now back to ‘normal’ and Gay News will regularly be at your usual stockist.

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.

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.


Postage costs are very so when you write to us. could you please enclose a stamped addressed envelope for the reply – if you want a reply, that is.

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.

Information

This 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.


CHALLENGE is a social group for Gay People of both sexes. We have weekly meetings at three 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 on duty. Do Call Us.

Campaign For Homosexual Equality London Information Centre, 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 Streatham. 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, transport, legal advice, jobs, alternative? Work, food, hitchhiking, cheap furnishings, communications, shelter, late night services, accommodation, free services, ad infinitum … Contact: Nutrfiell 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 9,30 pm.

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

Jewish Homosexual Liaison Group welcomes new members, also advice and befriending service for all Jewish gays. Please write only to Simon Benson, Albion Court, 75 Larkhall Rise, London SW4 6HS.

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 405, 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 problems7 Write Jill Russell, c/o The Peace Centre, 18 Moor Street, Ringway, Birmingham 5 7UH. Please enclose S.A.E.

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

“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

University of Bristol Gay Students Society for all homosexuals, male and female. Contact Trevor or Clare 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 in London
The CHE Youth Group meets fortnightly around Central London Details from Mike or Jim at 01 385 7246

READING GAY ALLIANCE regular discos and socialf counselling, quiet meetings, public meet mgs. 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

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


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 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 greets Thursdays at Minet Library, Knatchbull Road, Brixton.

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

Leeds GLF meets on Fridays at the O.S.A Lounge in 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 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, 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 G.L.F. 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 DISCOTEQUE
Tuesday Nights ROYAL OAK, 62 Glenthorne Road, London W6
Wednesday Nights THE PONTEFRACT CASTLE, 48 Chapel Street, Edgware Road Tube
Dancing Permitted, complete With Drag Show featuring Mr Jean Fredericks. Peter Martindale & Diamond David

KINGS ARMS. Liverpool Street. London (corner of Pindar Street)
Tube/BR Liverpool Street. Buses 8,8A, 22,6, 47,07
Tricky Dicky Show on Saturday Nights 8.30-11.00
Admission Free. Saloon Bar. Disco. Impersonations etc Gay Atmosphere
Gay News is on sale at all Tricky Dicky Disco’s

KINGS ARMS. Liverpool Street, London. (corner of Pindar 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.

Leeds G.L.F. presents a 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!!!


Drag & Cabaret

ROYAL VAUXHALL TAVERN
372 Kennington Lane, SE 11 (Vauxhall)
Regular Compere – Pat Kelly with The Keltones
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 include Jean Fredericks

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

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

OXFORD TAVERN 256 Kentish Town Road, NW5 (Kentish Town) Drag on Tues. Wed and Thurs
Resident host Perri St Clair Partly gay 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.
Tues. with Sandy Graham.
Wed. with New Dumbelles.
Fri. with Nicky Young.
Sunday (lunch) with Marc Flaming & Mrs Shufflewick.
Sunday (evening) with Perri St Clare or Sandy Graham

Alan McGorrin is Gay News’s super salesmen at The Black Cap. Be nice to him, he works vary 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 Rad Cap; Lee Paris, Tammy, Colin Cordell, Alvis & Odell, Lee Tracy and Len Morton.

THE CRICKETERS Battersea Park Road, SW11 (BR Battersea Park).
Sun. The Trbiiettes. – Fri. Various Artistes.
Tues. Steel Band. – Sat Singalong & Dancing.
Wed. Various Artistes – 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 (Westbourne Park)
Drag on Wednesday and Sunday (Lunch & Eve)

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 go 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 Notting 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 Wheatsheef, Goldhawk Road, Shepherds Bush.


Friendly Outlets

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 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 FAUNN Restaurant, 23 Praed Street, London W2 1NJ Tel 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) Shardiow, Derbys Tel Shardiow 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: -Dons & 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 – Pern 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 Coiherne and the Boltons (at Earl’s 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.

The DisKOtheaue (D O K), 2a Lowndes Court, London W1 (off Carnaby Street) regularly has Gay News on sale. Thanks.

Gay News thanks Roddy and The Masquerade – the paper is always available at the door Masquerade Club, 310 Earls Court Road, SW5.

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 “LOS CHICOS”, 312 Old Brompton Road, Earl’s Court, for selling Gay News

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.


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.

GLF Books Are Back

LONDON: The decision to ban Gay Liberation Front publications from the CHE London Information Centre has now been reversed.

The change of mind came at a co-ordinating committee meeting of the Campaign For Homosexual Equality.

CHE’s London management committee have decided to put GLF literature under the counter at its Great Windmill Street Information Centre.

The Co-ordinating Committee, which meets quarterly, is senior in the CHE hierarchy to the monthly meetings of the Management Committee – and it has the final say.

The Ballad Of Snow White And The Seven Gay Dwarfs

A jealous queen was once obsessed
With mirrors on the wall
And one day made the vain request:
“Who’s the fairiest of them all?”

“Oh mirror give me your answer true,”
When much to her distress
The mirror said: “It isn’t you.
It is the camp princess”.

This put the queen in such a state.
She freaked the princess out.
Who fled from the old bitch’s hate
As she was chased about.

The queen with a malicious smile
Then left that teeny gay,
Who quickly disappeared meanwhile
And wandered far away.

She reached a cottage open wide
And entered with delight.
For there were seven stalls inside
But nobody in sight.

She said: “It’s no good waiting here”
But peeping out she found
That seven dwarfs were lurking there:
It was their cruising ground.

Wanky and Randy went in first.
Then Bashful and then Peepy,
Then Sucky with his raging thirst,
Then Gropey and then Creepy.

The dwarfs were overjoyed to see
A gay so pure and sweet.
And followed in a row when she
Sat outside on a seat.

The dwarfs grew anxious when she said
That Snow White was her name:
The watchful queen, they knew with dread,
Would see her on the game.

The mirror told her all too well.
It pierced her jealous heart;
She mixed a potion, cast a spell
And used her blackest art.

She put the mockers everywhere;
To poison poor Snow White,
She threw an apple in the air:
The princess took one bite.

Alas, the fruit was meant to kill.
The dwarfs each shed a tear.
Thinking her dead when lying still
And placed her on a bier.

In vigil they stood side by side
And silently they wept.
Still wondering if she really died,
or if she only slept.

They heard a horseman far away,
And as he came in view,
They saw a prince handsome and gay
Whose body well they knew.

They welcomed him with great delight
Into that sordid place,
And when he saw princess Snow White
He bent to kiss her face.

The apple fell which did the trick.
To everyone’s surprise.
The gay was neither dead nor sick
But opened wondering eyes.

The queen watched from her miror; she
Was freaked out of her mind
And died in dreadful agony —
A warning to her kind.

“Let every queen give up her crown,”
They cried, “Let’s have no more.
All royalty should be put down.”
And each one cried “Encore!”

They formed a commune from that day,
Which numbered three times three.
And said “Far better to be gay.
And to be proud and free.”

Their gender roles went overboard,
They spurned the ancient lore.
And in harmonious accord
Were happy ever more.

This ballad will be performed as a 10-character mime at the GLF dance at Shepherd’s Bush on December 22, for which it was specially written.

Gay News Christmas Presents

The Gay News collective is a generous bunch, and we would love to give gorgeous Christmas presents to everyone. But we’re broke. If we had the money here are some of the presents we would give, and the people we would give them to.

To London Transport
– the stock of exhibits from the Transport Museum at Clapham to replace rolling stock on the Northern line.

To Danny La Rue
– Liberace

To Selfridges
– an instant boycott by all the gay staff and customers of the store, which might make the bookstall manager think twice before telling us there would be no call for Gay News there.

To Lord Harwood
– an LP of Leonard Bernstein’s opera Candide, hoping it would inspire him to put it on at the Coliseum instead of another Merry Widow.

To Alexander Walker (film critic of the Evening Standard)
– a secretary, so that he doesn’t crack his nails on a typewriter, thus giving away the fact that he’s a … journalist.

To Bass Charrington
– vast profits from owning the majority of gay pubs in London.

To All Gays
– a “Welcome” from Bass Charrington.

To GLF
– lilies – and thanks for the laughs.

To CHE
– carnations and a computerised membership files.

To CHE and GLF
– the capacity to love and understand (if not to agree) with each other.

To All MPs
– a copy of Gay News, so they can tune in to the realities of the situation.

To F.I. Litho
– yet another cheque for printing Gay News

To Anthony Newley
– a nice modern theatre where he can stage all his shows – in Formosa.

To The Governor of Holloway Prison
– a big bunch of flowers for allowing Myra Hindley half an hour of light and air.

To The Festival of Light
– a power cut.

To The National Theatre
– the collected plays of Oscar Wilde to remind them of what they have been ignoring these past nine years.

To The GPO
– a two year work study programme of interfering with and losing so much of our mail and for indecent relationships with our telephone.

To Mary Whitehouse
– a pair of ear plugs and a sleeping shade.

To the BBC
– the retirement of Mary Whitehouse.

To ITV and London Weekend Television
– programmes as good as the commercials.

To Sir Gerald Nabarro
– more lady chauffeurs like his last one.

To Lord Longford
– a halo.

To Malcolm Muggeridge
– an airport at the bottom of his garden.

To Edward Heath
– a cabinet made up of ex-grammar school boys.

To Harold Wilson
– a political party

To David Bowie
– an appearance at next year’s Royal Command Performance.

To Larry Grayson
– some original jokes and a black mark for telling fibs.

To Chris Welch (of Melody Maker)
– a record player and a job on the Financial Times.

To The Daily Telegraph
– a losing law suit with Private Eye.

To The Sunday Telegraph
– Richard Ingrams as editor.

To The Evening Standard
– an ad in Gay News

To Private Eye
– a bathchair on the cliffs at Hastings.

To Martin Stafford BA
– A ‘Glad To Be Gay’ badge and a lifelong subscription to Gay News.

To Chelsea Police
– a dictionary to look up the words ‘obstruction’ and ‘malicious’.

To Kensington Police
– a manual on ‘How To Care For Your Camera’