GLASGOW: Oppression of gays in Scotland tightened last week when the country’s radical paper was closed by the Post Office.
The Black Box News Agency, which published Spike, faced a £400 telephone bill, which it still can’t pay.
Black Box had acted as a selling agency for Gay News in Scotland, as well as publishing its own newpaper.
Spike’s folding means that, subscription copies apart, less than 100 copies of Gay News are now sold in Scotland.
Spike was an alternative newspaper that covered most areas of political and sexual liberation.
Follow-Up, published by Don Busby, is a new monthly magazine for ‘the gay scene’.
But as they say themselves, the magazine is “projected, not only at the homosexual, but at anyone who likes entertainment and fun”. They go on to say, in their first editorial, that “Follow-Up is not a campaigning magazine”, and they will not publish material which will “seriousiy offend in any sphere. We only wish to be adult and to be able to laugh at ourselves and society”.
At 75p a copy, Follow-Up is not cheap, but it is professionally produced and contains 64 pages. Amongst its contents there are features, fiction, reviews, full-frontal male pin-ups, but unfortunately no personal ads. The magazine is completely male-orientated too.
There is certainly a market for interesting, well-produced gay magazines, but whether Follow-Up will satisfy the demand remains to be seen. The mag’s editors are Jonathan Kerr and Peter Burton (ex Jeremy).