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Two Arrested at Biograph

During the afternoon of Tuesday February 27, two men were arrested in the Biograph Cinema, at Wilton Hoad, London. They were taken into custody by two uniformed police officers pretending to be cinema-goers. The two men were later charged with committing an act of gross indecency’.

The police were operating in the cinema at the invitation of the cinema’s manager, Mr Wheelan. The two constables, wearing ordinary blue raincoats to hide their uniforms, entered a row of seats and allegedly spotted the two men having a ‘grope’.

On information received from one of the accused, the police advised him to plead guilty to get it ‘over and done with’. The person involved is wisely not taking this advice, without first consulting a solicitor.

GN warns all patrons of the Biograph to be especially wary for the time being. Further details of police activity in this country’s oldest cinema will appear in this paper. If you have any information about the current goings-on at the Biograph, please ring us at Gay News on 01-373 0586.

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Solicitors Protest Over Police

A complaint has been made in the current issue of the Law Society Gazette about the way police drew up a character background of a man accused of a motoring offence in a London trial recently.

The complaint is made by the solicitors who acted for the motorist when he was accused of a drink-driving offence.

The solicitors allege: “Our client’s antecedents prepared by the Metropolitan Police to inform the court of his history and previous convictions included the statement that ‘he is known to associate with homosexuals.'”

ED: Gay News applauds the action taken by the solicitors involved. Let us hope that a full inquiry will result and that the police responsible for this despicable incident – attempting to use the general public’s ignorance and prejudice for their own ends – will not go unpunished.

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Gay News To Attend CHE Morecambe Conference

it is now confirmed that a Gay News reporter will be present throughout the Campaign for Homosexual Equality’s First Annual Conference at Morecambe in April.

A full report of the proceedings, plus the GN reporter’s own impressions of this major event will be published in the edition following the conference.

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Utmost Caution

Whilst GN does not wish to moralise or be accused of scaremongering, we think that it is only right to inform you that gay men should take the utmost caution in the vicinity of a well known late night ‘cottage’ in the Olympia/High Street Kensington district of London.

The place referred to is the property of the public house it stands next to.

On information received from usually reliable sources, we understand that members of Hammersmith Police Force are visiting the ‘cottage’ in question frequently between 11.00pm and the early hours of the morning.

No arrests have been reported so far, but the names, addresses and full particulars of these found in the area are being taken by the police.

More details as they arise, in future editions of GN.

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SMG for House of Lords

Lord Archibald has written to Edinburgh’s Scottish Minorities Group offering to call a meeting of Peers and MP’s in the House of Lords on Wednesday March 28, 1973. The meeting will be jointly convened by Lord Archibald and Tom Oswald, MP. Both men have had meetings with SMG members.

Lord Archibald’s Scottish connexions are strong – 52 (yes, 52) years ago he was a Labour Councillor in Glasgow. He is married to the daughter of Bonar Law: she is an energetic woman in her seventies: the historical strands are fascinating! A 4-man SMG team is travelling to London to thrash out the parliamentary tactics towards the successful passage of their proposed Homosexual Reform Bill.

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Gay News Seized In Edinburgh

Copies of Gay News have been seized in five shops in Edinburgh by the police. Issues of Oz, Private Eye (?), Rolling Stone, Cracker and other alternative papers were also ‘taken into custody’ in the raids, allegedly carried out in an attempt to crack down on pornography available in the city.

Obscenity prosecutions are said to be pending. Fuller coverage of this story in the next issue of GN.

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IT lose House of Lords appeal

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No-one, no matter how many gowns and wigs they wear, degrees and titles they hold, has any moral right to dictate to anyone how they shall find their lovers. For the majority, it is quite rightly accepted that the law cannot tell you to remain in isolation. But the law has now finally decided that it can and it will impose both these restrictions on the gay people in this country – the law in the shape of the House of Lords has decided that International Times was breaking the law in publishing small ads for gays. In other words, it might be legal for two consenting adults to go to bed together, but it’s illegal to do anything in order to “promote” the occurence of this.

The law does not realise that it is not a case of “promoting” bizarre sexual practices – it is in fact a case of helping people who are kept in isolation by their social and legal situation to find one another and perhaps bring love into their lives. Homosexuality is, after all, about love, as is any other form of sexuality. Heterosexuals are allowed to contact one another in any way they wish – small ads, computers, specially designed magazines – in order to break any isolation they might find themselves in, but we are expected to be martys to an antiquated mode of thought and legal system which has so far given us one inadequate crumb of comfort, with which we are supposed to creep back into our caves and ghettoes and be grateful. Well were not, and we wont be until the law reflects the facts – that we are people the same as anyone else, that we are not carriers of some contagious “perversion”, that we love and live much like anyone else and have a perfect right to do so.

And as for the false distinction everyone is intent on drawing between love and sexual activity – what is wrong with sex for the sake of it? It is a normal healthy appetite like any other which needs feeding like any other. Granted it’s nicer (we think) with someone you love, but it’s also fun with anyone who attracts you. Surely no-one still hangs on to the recrimination and guilt which has been woven about sex and has led so many people into either hypocrisy or frustration throughout their whole lives?

But there it is – the situation is clearly worsening for us; this present case is only another stage in the repression we suffer. Entrapment is increasing at a frightening rate – after arresting 120 guys in two cottages in the short space of two months in Harrow, protests where made and the local council warned the police off. But did this deter them? They are now doing much the same things on the same sort of scale in nearby Watford. Such instances are not special or isolated, but typical.

Our small ads column is still there, and will continue to be. With a little care on your part and ours we can steer a course round the law, or perhaps through it. Love may laugh at locksmiths – it also laughs at laws.

Gay News Emergency Editorial.