1972 Goes Out In Style for Gay News

LONDON: The editors and members of the editorial collective of Gay News disported themselves briefly in Shepherds Bush, to celebrate the end of the paper’s first half year of existence.

Not that the gays had it all their own way. Sandi Rutenberg, the GN typesetter brought along her South African boyfriend, and Richard Adams, Gay News’ art man brought along his wife.

The Christmas issue of Gay News was read by more people than have bought any other issue, as sales are up by about 1,000 — another reason for the editors to celebrate six months of publishing.

When Gay News first appeared it made British publishing history, as the first independent gay newsapper in the country. Since then it has picked up a design award and sales of about 10,000 – which results in a readership of 40,000 to 50,000, being the most widely read gay publication in the British Isles.

The Christmas party was held in the Green Room at the Wheatsheaf, Goldhawk Road, and, though it was a relatively sober affair, Hammersmith police and New Scotland Yard decreed that it should end at 1 am.

The bill was footed by friends of Gay News.

Librarian Says No

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

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

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

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 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 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.

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 DisKOtheque (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 CHlCOS”, 312 Old Brompton Road. Earl’s Court, for selling Gav News

Thanks to DON JOHNS, 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.

Christmas Issue

As our second publication date in December falls too close to Christmas for comfort, we are only bringing out one edition that month.

But we mean to make it a very special Gay News – with more pages, facts, fun, photos, info and that sort of thing.

To make it a real Christmas and New Years issue, we need all your help. And this time we mean it!

We need more letters, more contributed articles, more humour, and pictures. Remember too it is going to be a Christmas issue, therefore it would be good if things you send us have something to do with that time of year.

Of course the biggest GN ever won’t cost a penny more, but it will be packed with prize winning competitions, features by big name writers, and further gushings of your GN favourites.

Remember, it is your paper, and the success of the Christmas and New Years issue depends on you.