Come Dancing Together

01-197205XX 3A town hall somewhere in West London. GLF, and the gay world outside come together with two groups, disco, light-show and a bar, charging higher prices for drinks than most gay pubs. There are about 400 people and most of them seem to be enjoying themselves, dancing drinking, chatting; but there are lonely isolated people, perhaps the ones who are not pretty or trendy, who sit in corners on their own. GLF is supposed to be trying to break down this awful sexist custom where we only talk to people, dance with them, if we fancy them and want to go to bed with them. Then surely the whole point of dances run by GLF should be to start relating to the many non-GLF people who attend them, the non-politically motivated who are content to remain in their gay pub/club ghettoes, the meat markets. How can we do this? We should have group dancing; GLF literature should be available where you buy your ticket. It isn’t!

Ironically, the attendance by GLF members at these dances is falling off. They are held more and more frequently and always have the same formula – disco, lightshow and two heavy rock groups. Not everyone digs heavy rock music or dancing. Why not one group and a drag artist, or one group and a film?

At the last dance held at Kensington Town Hall about ten people started jeering and attempting to make one of the groups leave the stage as its lead singer was girating in a very sexual way. They shouted, “Sexist, Sexist, get off, get off,” and finally violently mounted the stage and tried to push the group off, ignoring the majority who either saw nothing wrong and wished the group to continue or else wanted to talk about the situation, not scream and kick; this frightened the non-GLF people who should feel relaxed while beginning to experience the true GLF ideology and its love which still exists, though distantly.

Gay Pride Week

01-197205XX 5On a late June night in 1969, police attempted a routine search at the Stonewall, a gay bar in Christopher Street in New York’s Greenwich Village. This time, however, they met with resistence. The patrons of the bar pushed them out into the street. Greenwich Village is the largest gay ghetto in the world, and the police soon found themselves confronted by hundreds of angry homosexuals who streamed out of the surrounding apartments. What developed was a minor rebellion, complete with bricks and bottles: a spontaneous explosion of years of pent-up anger and frustration.

This was the beginning of the Gay Liberation Movement in America, A year later it was to appear and grow in London. Every year in New York a carnival is held to celebrate the event and to demonstrate the movements feeling of Gay Pride. Last years celebrations were held throughout North America, and this year will also be celebrated in London and the major cities of Europe.

The London Gay Liberation Front is planning a week-long series of events as part of this years celebration of Gay Pride. Theme of the activities will be both an assertion of Gay Pride and and two concrete demands: repealing of all anti-gay laws and full civil rights for gay people.

The weeks events are:

  • FRIDAY JUNE 23rd: West London Gay Dance – Fulham Town Hall, 8pm – 12pm.
  • SATURDAY JUNE 24th: Various events, including mass leafleting of the gay areas.
  • SUNDAY JUNE 25th: Gay Days at both Battersea Park and Waterlow Park, Highgate. Meet at both parks at 12 noon.
  • MONDAY JUNE 26th: Disco at the Kings Arms, Bishopsgate, Liverpool Street. 8pm.
  • TUESDAY JUNE 27th: Street events around London: ring GLF number below for further information. Amongst other activities the will be GLF vigil outside the American Embassy in Grosvenor Square, Mayfair, against the continuing war in Vietnam. 12am – 1pm.
  • WEDNESDAY JUNE 28th: West London Gay Disco at: White Lion Pub, Putney. 8pm.
  • THURSDAY JUNE 29th: The same events etc. (excepting US Embassy vigil) as Tuesday. Extra events are expected to come from local GLF groups.
  • FRIDAY JUNE 30th: GAY PRIDE DANCE: Fulham Town Hall, 8pm – 12pm. Featuring rock groups, light-shows, disco, bar, and much togetherness.
  • SATURDAY JULY 1st: GAY PRIDE CARNIVAL, meet at Trafalgar Square 2pm. March from there at 3pm. to Hyde Park through the streets of London. From 4pm. at Hyde Park there will be music, food, fun and surprises. On Saturday evening there will be a Disco at the Northern Polytechnic, Holloway Road. 8pm – 12pm. Music, lights, beer and even more surprises.
  • SUNDAY JULY 2nd: Gay Day at Primrose Hill from 2pm.

There will be more events and celebrations as they come together, for further information about Gay Pride Week contact:

Gay Liberation Front, 5 Caledonian Road, London N.1.
Telephone 01-837-7174.

Gay News is in no way involved in the organisation of Gay Pride Week, but we fully support the idea and motives behind this week of proposed gay celebrations. We wish than concerned much success in this venture and hope you, like us of the Gay News Collective, will endeavour to attend and participate in as many of these scheduled events as possible. Gay News, of course, will bc reporting and examining in depth the events of this week.

Snippets

01-197205XX 11From the Observer……”Writing biographies of Edward Heath is becoming a cottage industry.”

And from somewhere a little nearer home……”Course, Teddy’s never had any trouble, ‘cept once, when he went with someone who wasn’t in the services.”

We also hear the Gay Liberation Front’s newspaper, ‘Come Together’, is now being referred to in certain rather structured gay circles as “Fall Apart.”

And while we’re in that corner of the world, may we express our condolences to the exalted gentleman who slipped his disc in a counselling session.

Finally, a sobering thought for all gay newshounds everywhere.
“Over and above everything else Jeremy was in love with himself: but he didn’t get on together.”

Or, as we were told the other night in the caff up the road………
“Toilet? It’s downstairs, it’s the ladies. We share everything here.”

Bye for now.

Information

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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 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. This page is all yours!

Campaign for Homosexual Equality.

A present there are CHE groups in operation in the following areas:

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

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.

  • Bradford.

National Gay Liberation Front Groups.

  • Aberyswth GLF, c/o Polly Bluck, Room 80, Alexandra Hall Victoria Terrace, Aberyswth.
  • Bath Gay Awareness Group, c/o Bob and Teresa, Monks Retreat, Monkton Combe, Somerset. Tel Limpley Stoke 2568.
  • 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. 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
  • Canterbury Gay Lib Society, Patrick Forrest, Rutherford College, University of Canterbury, Kent.
  • Chelmsford GLF, Contact Brian Barker, 55 St. Peter’s Avenue, Maldon, Essex. Tel: 0621-4274
  • Cheltenham GLF, c/o Jim, North Gloucestershire Technical College Students Union, The Park, Cheltenham or Joe (Sister), 15 Rodney Road, Cheltenham.
  • 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.
  • Derby GLF, Contact Lawrence Brady, 63 Lexington Road, Chaddesden, Derby. Tel: 0332-674194 after 6.00pm.
  • Edinburgh GLF, Contact Tony Hughes, 55 South Clark Street, Edinburgh 8. Tel: 031-667 3534. Meets Sundays 3pm.
  • Durham GLF, Contactm Chris Barratt, 1 Beech Crest, Durham City, County Durham.
  • 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.
  • L.S.E. GLF meets every Thursday or Friday at 5.00pm in Room 5067. Contact: Student’s Union.
  • Leicester GLF, Contact John Paye, 126 Nansen Road, Leicester.
  • Manchester GLF, Contacts, Sheila Cohen, 43 Brantingham Road, Manchester 16. Tel: 061-226 3849. Or, Steve Lath, 32 Atwood Road, Didsbury, Manchester. Tel:061-445 5318
  • Newcastle Upon Tyne GLF, Contact: Eric Wears, 302 Condercum Road, Benwell Grove, Newcastle Upon Tyne 4. Meets every Wednesday at the Liberal Hall, Westgate Road, Newcastle.
  • 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, Bishopsgate, Norwich on Wednesdays at 7.30pm.
  • Oxford GLF, Contact Amit Pandys, 2 Marlborough Road, Oxford.
  • Reading GLF, Contact: Martin Kaufman, Sibley Hall, Redhatch Drive, Reading, Berks.
  • Sheffield GLF, Contact Ian Everton, 82 Harcourt Road, 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.

  • Camden G.L.F. meets every Thursday at 7.30pm in the Forresters Hall, 5 Highgate Road, Kentish Town, London NW5. Tube/BR. Kentish Town, Buses 27, 134, 214.
  • East London G.L.F. meets every Thursday at 8.00pm at Agitprop, 248 Bethnal Green Road, London E2. Tube/Br. Bethnal Green, Buses 8. Contact 739 1704
  • Gaysoc University of London Students Union meets Fridays at 7.30pm at Malet Street, W1. Tube Warren Street/Euston Square.
  • Kilburn G.L.F. meets on Sundays. Ring 837-7174 for details.
  • Notting Hall G.L.F. meets on Thursdays at 7.30pm in All Saints Vestry, Clydesdale Road, London W11. Tube Westbourne Park/Notting Hill Gate. Buses 7, 15 or 52.
  • South London G.L.F. meets every Thursday at 8.00pm in the Minet Library, Knatchbull Road, Brixton, SW9. Tube/BR Brixton. Buses 3, 95, 109, 133, 159 and 172.
  • 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.
  • Harrow G.L.F. meets on Mondays. Ring Alex 422 7890 or Peter 864 1953.
  • G.L.F. Youth and Education Group meets on Mondays. Phone 837 7174 for details.
  • G.L.F. Day Group for shiftworkers. Meets Thursday afternoons. Ring 969 3173 for details.
  • Gay Women’s Liberation Group. Contact Gillian 837 4502. Meets Wednesdays 7.30pm.
  • 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 form here.