Your Letters

Please note that any letters received by us at Gay News are liable to be published unless you state otherwise.

Why Risk It?


Dear Sir,

I have only seen numbers 9, 11 and 12 of GN.

I advertised in numbers 11 and 12 for someone to share my home and life. There was a bigger response than I expected and I am dealing with this now in what I hope is a civilised way.

Meanwhile, one or two thoughts occur to me. I think the heading of your illegal page is excellent. Some of the ads, however, are a bit doubtful. If you want to remain in circulation, why put it at risk in this way? There is always a temptation, feeling oneself to be in a minority, resentful, a bit aggressive about it, to be daring. Resist it. You do not have the lampooning function of Private Eye, that can tell any client of the blessed Arnold Goodman to get fucked. JS recently found BS by way of your columns (it may have been the other way round!) One of them wanted a big black cock but he could well have found it by other means without exposing you to police prosecution. Stratton-Wells is justified in his complaints. I am half-guilty myself, knowing that particular appeal, though I am not passive. Still, there is a fantasised urge there. I think Antony Storr points out that many active homosexuals want a partner with a big prick, which is, may I say in passing, English vernacular as opposed to the American cock, applicable to both male and female genitalia. The fantasised urges I spoke of can’t be allowed to direct our lives. I hope that JS and BS are happy together.

But I do think that being ‘turned on’ is suspiciously mechanical.

Faults of layout and format are not worth criticising in view of the difficult conditions you have to cope with. I wish you could find a gay millionaire to smooth things out.

Another thing: whatever Messrs JS and BS may say, your business is not to do with cocks and spunk and arseholes. These are very private matters. Gay includes women. Women do not have the apparatus mentioned. Not only do you need to devote more space to women, you also need to promote more effective communication between gay women and men. I am sure you are thinking about this.

Finally, I think you could and should increase the price of GN to at least 40p. You are in a seller’s market, with the unique advantage that you are on the side of the buyer.

Peter Jackson

Second Thoughts


Dear Editorial Collective,

At your invitation I feel I must write and ask who is the self-styled Mary Whitehouse, or Little Hitler? Who has barred such innocent words as leather and denim from the personal ads ?

While I must agree some of the ads have been near the knuckle. I’m sure the situation doesn’t justify this discriminatory action.

Why, even in GN 12, Julian got all switched on when “he” visited the Wheatsheaf’s Green Room. I can’t wait to get there.

If you don’t want to continue the personal adverts for fear of prosecution, then come clean and say so, and don’t inflict this dictatorial attitude. After all. I’m sure everyone knows the idea of the ads.

I was hoping to put a personal advert in after Christmas, but for fear of this censorship, I am having second thoughts. So will many others.

Have another think about this matter, and come up with a logical answer.

Roy Bonham

PS. Have subscribed to no 23. Make it!

ED: Sorry we didn’t explain our new policy towards personal ads clearly enough in GN13. We most certainly are not “barring” words such as leather and denim. But for now we must alter or refuse adverts which explicitly refer to sexual acts, preferences or organs, ie whipping, CP, well-endowed, etc.

Love Lives Forever

London, SW8

Dear Gay News,

Your correspondent Doug Pollard approached the problem of ageing (GN 12 page 7) with as much wit as possible. Correct. Better laugh than cry, always. But I must tell you that the lads at the disco don’t tell me (as Doug does) to go and find an armchair at the Athenaem; and talking to my old school chums (all those bloody bishops). On the contrary, the lads at the disco invite me to come again, because I love them and they (bless their hearts) love me.

There’s only one solution to the problem. We must create a special Marxism for grandpas. What about joining the T.G.W.U. (Terpsichorian Grandpas of the World Unite) and then I can buy a ticket to the Yuletide National Lorrydrivers Lottery (You’ve nothing to loose but your life).

To be serious, Doug, I think that your phrase “gone for ever” is a bit defeatist in tone. Of course you are perfectly right in a way. If homosexuality is simply a question of cocks and balls and having it off, then certainly there comes an end to that.

But homosexuality isn’t that. It’s love, and love doesn’t go, it lives forever.

So let me stay on the disco circuit, where I guarantee I’ll find more courage, humility, generosity, gentleness and sheer love per square foot than anywhere else in London, possibly in the world. Oh brave new world that hath such creatures in it. Even Pale Brother Death is halted, and stands amazed.

Dai Grove.

Face It Babes

Dear Collective,

Sorry, but I’d like to inject a sour, critically appraising note into the general chorus of congratulation. Of course it is good that you exist and the paper is mildly entertaining, though not very informative. But how many other gays besides me are increasingly turned off by the prevailing giggly, simpering, juvenile tone representing all that is passé and stupid and discredited in the homosexual image.

Face it, babes, there is something tawdry about Gay News. Just not enough reality and intelligence.

It is mostly badly written, amateurish and uncritical in its comments on almost everything. I am not calling for the over-intellectualised approach, just a more balanced and broad depiction of the real variety and maturity in much of the gay world.

And how confused can your values get? That calendar has a photograph of Mae West who may be the object of a cult but has been known for years to be extremely hostile to gay men. I suppose you’re being good Christian gays (who needs them?) in turning the other — you should pardon the expression— cheek, but first rule of any revolution, no matter how minor, is know thine enemy.

Daniel James

Fem or Butch


Dear Gay News,

I’ve just returned from a gay club in London where I was asked if I was ‘fem’ or ‘butch’ — having never considered this, I just said I was a person. However it seemed that people expected to know if I was ‘fem’ or ‘butch’ in order to relate themselves to me; ie was I a good pick up. I find it equally hard to relate to fem and butch images and all their restrictions. Perhaps it’s my restriction but I suggest that these gay women are presenting the stereotypes that one can find in any straight disco/bar. They also prevent other gay women coming out by turning them off the gay scene because these gay women seek individuality rather than conformity. Anyway, I’d like to know what other people think of this.

Incidentally, we’d like more women members of GLF in Leeds, we have fluctuated to two at the moment.


Much Ado


Dear Gay News,

Whilst, probably correctly, petulantly chanting again and again your dissociation with any organisation, do you dare print this letter and admit in reply to James Knight that Roger Baker, Press Officer for CHE wrote the attack on Martin Stafford for your newspaper?

Love, B S

ED: We dared to print your letter. So what?

Bugging the Bugs


Dear Gay News,

Thanks a lot for that really interesting article on crabs in GN8! As you said we can all be a bit simple sometimes and I must qualify for simpleton of the year award. I’ve been scratching my balls for about a week or so, and it was only when re-reading some back numbers of GN that I realised what I had got. I immediately rushed round to the local chemists for the Quellada (and got an icy and disgusted look from the assistant as she gave it to me!) Got a hot (too hot) bath with about half a bottle of Dettol in it and proceeded to cover myself with the recommended lotion. Then I took everything I’d worn, the bedsheets, towels and all to the laundrette and the dry cleaners. All this as you can imagine cost me a fortune, the dry cleaning alone came to £1.50. I’m still racking my brains to think when and where I could have caught the little bastards, as I get a bath very regularly and use plenty of Femfresh – er I mean Old Spice!

What really made me uptight was that the other night I was with a really fabulous boy at a club and had to make excuses when he asked me back to his place, as I still had the Quellada lotion on my body! Thanks to the above mentioned article and its excellent advice I have got rid of the pesky things and can start to live again!

On another track. I’d like to say how fantastic I think Gay News is and give my love to Julian! Keep the gay flag flying!


Lovely Points

Dear Gay News,

That letter from ‘Queenies Castle’ really slayed us (Gay News issue number 12). “If” Sebastion is “straight”, then “call me Madam”. Perhaps He (or she) had a tiff with the Manager of the “dear old Bio” and plans to get her revenge.

Keep on writing, Julian, we love to read your points of view. We also think “Queenies Castle” should be renamed “HATTERS CASTLE”.

Martha, Michelle and Diana

Never Be Parents

London, W14.

Dear Gay News,

Few people seem to be aware of the unhappiness facing the Lesbian who loves children, but, because she cannot respond to men, despairs of ever having any children of her own.

Many gay men marry women who understand their problems and together they managed to bring up happy children. Gay women, on the other hand, have to find all their emotional satisfaction in their relationships with other women – and as they get older, with increasingly young girls who tend to become daughter substitutes.

Not all gay women may have found this, but it has been my experience. All my men friends are gay; all the straight men I ever knew lost interest not being content with a non-sexual relationship. Good riddance anyway. In retrospect they are all so hung-up on role playing that they couldn’t see the real person in me or themsleves.

Is there anyone who is really into kids and is not hung-up on sex and roles? Creative and understanding? I would like to hear about gay or bi men who also get depressed because they think they will never be parents.


Personal Ads continued from Page 15

Good looking London guy, versatile (30), good sense of humour, seeks similar mate, any nationality. Interests – pubs, cinema, music. Photos exchanged. ALA. Box 816

Manchester, lonely 38 years old, would like to meet gay friends. I live alone. Have car. Can accommodate. Anyone, anywhere interested? Box 817

Bachelor, 37, strictly gay, passive, english, 5’10”, medium build, conventional appearance. Not obvious, rich, strikingly handsome, intellectual or promiscuous but absolutely genuine, seeks genuine friend, looks/status unimportant, but sincerity etc is. This is an honest ad. One-nighters etc do not apply. Box 818

Young, good looking guy with gap inbetween front teeth or chipped front tooth required for lasting friendship etc. by good looking 22 year old. Box 819


Room to let, Blackheath, in Leather household. Good trains, 20 minutes Charing Cross/City. Available late January. Box 755

T/V and friend who meet occasionally in London seek weekend accommodation S/C or in sympathetic gay household. Box 756

Guy, 24, seeks own room in central flat, up to £7 per week. Box 757

Wanted. Own room in shared flat by young Malaysian, in Notting Hill Gate, Earls Court or Holland Park. Up to £6 per week. Contact Aziz, 01-937 3383.

Forth Guy, under 25, share house Ell. Own room. £6 per week. No camp. Write with Tel No. Box 758

Gay Flat share for 2/3 responsible young guys. £7 each. Telephone 01-603 9498 If you are under 35, non-camp, not effeminate, value sincerity and friendship, want a home in Central London on sharing basis – please write to Box 759

Double Bedsit, N11. Near Tube. £8 per week. Telephone 01-368 8456. Flat-Share Offered SE1. One mile City/West End. About £6. Any age. I’m 49. Box 763

Gentleman (Nottingham area) has accommodation for two males. Own room. Box 803
Would the person who placed the above ad please contact Gay News as soon as possible. Thank you.

Is there a lonely gay guy in the Birmingham area who would like to share home with gay bachelor in 40 age group. Terms by arrangement. Box 804

North West Gays — unfurnished flat wanted Preston area. Gay 30’s, steady job, financially sound. Write to Mike Weaver, 10 Connaught Road, Preston.

Young Gay Dance Student/Model, seeks small flat -Bedsitter – Room, in London. Willing to share. ALA. Box 806

Double Room £8. Single Room £4. Also a flat at reasonable rent. West London Box 671.

Gay Flat Mate to share luxury flat. Own room. Colour television. No restrictions, all facilities. Phone after 8 pm, 349-9988. Garage available if required. NW London.

22yrs old air steward would like to share flat with other gay guys. Cromwell Road area. Telephone Essential. Phone 0332-810989 or write G. Guy, 103 Park Lane, Castle Donington, Derbys.

Gay guy, 21, good looking, extravert, seeks pad in London. Micky. Box 820

Urgent! Quiet dependable designer, 28, needs cheap room/flat share, convenient West End. Box 821

Gay News Newsman urgently seeks room in shared house/flat. About £6 per week. Must be on telephone in inner/West London. Call Peter on 01 402 7805

OFFICES. Gay News needs offices now. They’ve got to be central, and they’ve got to be cheap. Two rooms, with a phone installed, preferably West End. Contact Gay News at 01-402 7805 or write to: 19 London Street, London W2 1HL.


Attractive Young Man wants modelling work. Anything Legal Considered. Box 760

Artists Model, male 34, good physique etc, nude posing for male/female artists, beginners, groups, clubs, or private. Anywhere between London-Newcastle. Can wrestle for private club entertainment. Would like tuition from persons 60/70 male/female in posing. Bob Dews, 41 Marchmont Street, London WC1.

Atrractive Young Well Qualified (academically) seeks nice job, nice people, nice money. Box 774

Two West Country Boys in their twenties, need £200 desperately. Absolutely anything legal considered. ALA. Will travel anywhere. Box 761

Male Secretary Required for professional office in Victoria. Responsible position, must be willing to undertake all usual general office duties, including shorthand and typing. Good Salary. Box 762

Qualified Masseur. Youth over 21 required by quiet young man, London. Good fee plus expenses. Box 800

I Need £25 per week. Absolutely anything legal considered. I’m 21. London. Box 801

Friendly 28 year old Scot desperately needs £100, so if you have any part-time legal jobs, please write soon. Box 802

Male Required (Age 27 – 45) for small Kensington Hotel. Must have a flair for domestic work. Live In – Good Wages – All Found. Telephone: 01-603 2389.

Male/female hair stylist required. Holborn/ City area. Phone 405 7499

Classified Ads

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Leather and Fashion Wear Catalog. Send 30p P.O. Richard Stone, 15 Clifton Gardens N15.

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Love Knoweth No Laws*

Owing to certain pressures put upon us by the law, we hold the right to cut. change or refuse to print any personal ads sent to us. We must also warn male ‘minors’ (under 21) that you may have unpleasant legal nasties unloaded on you. and us. if you attempt to use and reply for certain reasons connected with the meeting of someone for immoral purposes, namely making love. Apart from those antiquated legalities, men and women are welcome to use these columns as they wish.

* Chaucer.

Personal Ads

REPLIES TO BOX ADS: when replying to a box ad please write the box number on the envelope, end send it to Geay News, 19 London Street, London W2 1HL. Box number replies cannot be discussed on the telephone. If you wish to send a stamp with your box. no. reply, please do not attach it to reply.

After the 18th January, Box No’s 300 to 500 will be invalid unless you send us a further 50p to cover handling and postage.

Is there any kind chap 21-40 who would help me overcome my shyness, must have patience and humour, slim build. I am 36, 5’10”, slim, affectionate, own place 20 mins London. Box 703

Versatile 50, own flat near London, seeks permanent friend, age immaterial, photo if possible. ALA. Box 704

Passive Non Effeminate 38 offers genuine young dominant guy a home in East Midlands if compatible. Photo appreciated. This is genuine. Box 705

Passive slim gay 35 wishes to meet active tall muscular West Indian to get to know you (Middlesex area) Box 706

Shift Worker, height 5’9″, age 30, would like to meet younger slim gay or bisexual living London | or Brighton. All photographs returned. Box 707

Young Man, good appearance and physique, considerate, sincere, seeks permanent friend, 21-35, London area, with good physique, view lasting friendship. Please send photo (return promised with mine). Box 708

Sincere 26 : seeks portly, hairy chested gentlemen 40-60 for warm friendship. Photo essential and returned. S.A.E. Box 709

Ex-Serviceman (26) seeks others about same age or younger for friendship etc. Also pen pals wanted. Photograph not essential, but would help. No effeminates. Box 710

Young Male Graduate, attractive, intelligent, 25, seeks similar. Photos please. All letters answered. Box 711

Bachelor graduate (48) generous, seeks for holidays abroad and occasional week-end, young, humorous, intelligent, sincere lively companion. Photo please. Box 712

Amateur Photographer would like to hear from handsome young males over 21. Fee and copies of photos. Please send photograph. (London) Box 713

Guy, late twenties, tall and lean, interested in leather and denim but not in S/M, wishes to contact others similar age and interests in London. Photo please. Box 714

Attractive graduate male (25), living in York, not camp or effeminate – seeks sincere relationship with others 21-30 age group, any area. Photo for exchange. ALA. Write Box 715

Guy 29, non-effeminate, seeks others 21-30. I am mildly masochistic and wild about leather and rubber wear, particularly boots, also enjoy water-sports. Could accomodate you near Birmingham. Box 716

American guy, lively, intelligent, youthful looking, mid 30’s, seeks attractive younger male over 21 for easy going relationship. Photos please. ALA. Box 717

Good looking blond, 29, (not camp or effeminate) seeks active muscle boy about same age for lasting friendship. Photo please (returned) Box 718

Bristol. Gay Male 25, seeks sincere, lasting friendship with nice guy 21-28. Box 719

Adventurous Londoner, early 50’s, travelling Tehran by train in spring (Simplon Express to Istanbul) would welcome Persian/English companion paying own expenses. Box 720

Author 40 would like to meet younger friend over 21, with a view to lasting relationship. Accommodation in London possible. Photo and maybe phone number appreciated. Box 721

Londoner (24) seeks accontants, articled clerks or qualified, guys interested in Yoga. Box 722

Dave, 24, lonely and unfulfilled, non-effeminate, likes music and sincere people, seeks deep relationship with similar (21-25). Exchange photos. Box 723

Continental, gay, 30, blond, passive not effeminate, gentle disposition, clean, healthy, professional, seeks active, 30 or over, masculine south European or Middle Eastern type. Photo appreciated, returnable. Box 724

Seeking Intelligent Coloured Man, 30 or over, needing true friendship with a happy social Londoner 35. Box 725

London Male 45, shy, seeks coloured friend 35/50 for sincere loving permanent relationship. ALA. Box 726

Sincere straightforward professional man (30’s), still hopes it is possible to find young attractive soul partner aged over 21, for lasting relationship, genuine replies only please, with photo. Box 727

24-year old, good looking, seeking a friend, Cassidy type 21-24, Ipswich, Suffolk (not camp) gay lad. Photos please. Box 728

Male Nurse, Irish, 24, shy, non-effeminate, needs a friend for lasting relationship, (in London). Write soon. Box 729

London Accountant (not stuffy) tall, slim, dark, 26, with wide interests (theatre, riding, pottery, water ski-ing) seeks genuine, happy and intelligent friend aged 21-24. Photo and phone no. appreciated. Box 730

Gay Girl, Glasgow, late twenties, attractive, long-haired, ex-university, wishes to meet or hear from feminine, long-haired gay girl (20-30) in Glasgow, Edinburgh or central Scotland area. Interests – music, art, cinema. Box 731

Lecturer/Writer, mid thirties, tall, slim, reasonable looks, masculine, has outgrown the pub/club scene and wants a lasting relationship with someone 21-30. Box 732

Faithful Scorpio guy 30 would like to meet a younger friend over 21 for lasting thing. Nice if you’re warm, intelligent, sincere with sense of humour and like Cats ???? Photo please. London Box 733

Active Male (40) wishes to meet males 23-35 in Midland area. Box 734

Guy, 28, recently discovered denim and leather, seeks others. Photos exchanged. Own flat. Box 735

22, dark longish hair, well built, not unattracitve, wishes to meet others of similar age (over 21), particular liking for skinhead types. London area. Photo please. ALA. Box 736

HF ( SGS 1949) please write KB. Box 737

Executive 40 tall slim active, very lonely, seeks sincere and faithful younger partner over 21, needing true love home and happiness in Bristol flat. Box 738

Young Owners of Motor Yacht, looking for others with similar interest, owners or crew, for weekends/holidays afloat. Box 739

Attractive Slim Male 21 – 5’8″ seeks similar for friendship etc. Any area. Photo ensures reply. Box 740

Birmingham Boy 23, wishes to meet similar 21-23 Likes music and cinema. Photo appreciated. Box 741

H.B. or M. of the S/M study circle. I have lost your address. Please communicate. D.J.

Slim presentable 29 year old, lonely and inexperienced, would like to meet or correspond with gentle considerate male 21-35, slim and possibly also inexperienced, for genuine friendship. London or SE. Photo appreciated but not essential. Box 742

Versatile Longhaired Young Man 28, passive looking but not effeminate, wishes to meet similar or very passive male aged 21-26, for mutual pleasure and genuine friendship. Photo exchanged. Box 743

Handsome slim well built butch 27 seeks active friends. Very friendly luxury flat. Easy going. Not camp. Very well built active/versatiles only. Photo. Box 744

Passive Male (34) wishes to meet dominant, demanding man (35 to 50) Box 745

Brian from Gibraltar – please phone Michael at 01-722 4882

Two gay guys, well built, 30/35, turned on by S/M, interested in meeting similar aged 25/45. London and area. Photo appreciated. Box 746

Bachelor, 48, feels younger, needs similar for loving friendship, mainly Sundays, at your pad. There must be someone. Anywhere London. Please write, all letters answered. Box 747

Any lonely masculine, considerate man, maybe manual worker who lives in hostel who would like home with domesticated attractive male, slim, 36 year old. Please write frank letter. Photo returned with mine. London. Box 748

Anglo Indian (34) wishes to make friends – all races. Interests – sport, books, travel, music, and dancing etc. Box 749

Will Frank of Burton on Trent area, who replied to my advert Box 73 in Issue No 4, please contact John in Sussex. Box 750

Gay 25, SE London, has just got bike. Would like to hear from someone who will teach me to drive. Also would like to meet others interested in making friends. ALA. Box 751

Male (31) would like to meet young lady of similar age who likes dominant men. Box 752

Gay Couple – male – 26 and 40 – would like to meet similar – either sex, for social contact in Ealing area. Box 753

Anglo Indian (34) wishes to meet gay women for friendship. Box 749

Bachelor, late 30’s, 5′ 10″, average build, reasonable looks and figure, sincere, seeks strongly active companion, aged 21 to 45, for regular friendship, perhaps live together? Looks not of prime importance, but no fatties, effeminates or kinkies, please. Own home, London area. Photo appreciated. Box 754

Ski-ing? Apres-Ski? Virile young companion aged 21-25 required for Zermatt. Switzerland, 17-31 March. Meet London first! Share cost. Box 764

Male Male, in fact Gay, needs Love. Aged 21-24 welcome. Kensington. Box 765

Anglo Indian (34) wants a mate for mini-cruise sometime February. Box 749

Leather/Masks/etc lover, own place near Croydon, seeks big unvicious mate with kit. Mid 30’s. Photo appreciated. Box 766

Gay T.V. would like to meet similar, or anyone interested. Can be very effectionate. Likes indoor photography. Herts. Box 767

Blond Youth interested Leather, Denim. Willing to pose or explore anything out of the ordinary. Photo supplied. Box 768

Londoner, 21, seeks flatshare with guy under 30. Likes leather and denim etc. Prefer South/South-West/West London. Box 770

Lonely Gay Guy, 23, tall, good looking and well built, non-effeminate, looking for someone same age or aged over 21. Must be sincere person with view to sharing my flat. Recent photograph please. All letters answered. Many thanks – Mike, London. Box 769

Lonely London guy, 45, seeks genuine reliable companion for lasting and loving relationship, 30—45, not camp please. Would consider partnership hotel or antiques anywhere ALA. Box 633.

Bachelor, gay, 37, English, 5’10” medium build, passive. North London, not obvious or fabulously handsome but absolutely genuine, seeks genuine friend 30-45 approx, loyal, looks secondary to above qualities. Eventually seek share flat. Box 647

Live In The U.S.A.! Executive, 35, masculine, needs companion-assistant. Under 30, slim, presentable.Race education & social background unimportant if sincere adaptable, reliable, warm. Some world-wide travel involved. Modest pay and all found. Interview London before Xmas. Send full personal info and photo (returnable) in confidence, airmail to: Boxholder, P.O.Box 20621. Los Angeles 90006, USA.

British, 32, SE London, own house, seeks Asian for permanent relationship. Box 771

Gay Comedy Group forming. SAE to Box 772

Young, virile athlete seeks partners for outdoor training sessions. Genuine athletes only need reply. Box 773

Young London Guy (student), attractive, slim, tall, with long chestnut hair, seeks similarly attractive male with view to sincere relationship (Photo essential) Box 774

Young Man, 25, wishes to share his pad, view to lasting friendship in London. Also pen pals in UK and Abroad wanted. Box 775

Affectionate bachelor, young late 50’s, seeks another similar age, masculine dressed. Greased Hair. To Love and Cherish permanently if mutual. No Kinks. Close up recent photo. Own pad. Ilford, Essex. Box 776

Anyone knowing Brian Gibre-Ltarien, 28, well built, dark hair, ex-sailor, electricity engineer, now living in London. Contact urgently – J-P. Box 777

Slim Male Graduate, 31, non effeminate, interested music and arts but NOT in gay scene, seeks sincere friends with similar interests. Greater Manchester area. Box 778

Gay Male 26 (not effeminate) living Bishops Stortford area on Herts/Essex border, seeks sincere active male any age in same or other areas. Photo appreciated. All letters answered. Box 779

Lanky Leather Chap, 29, with own London flat, seeks similar type. Immediate answer with phone number to reply including photo for exchange. Box 780

Two Leather Guys going to Birmingham on 29/12/72 for New Year, given lift between East Lancs Road and Knutsford Services on M6, please write to driver who would like introduction to scene, or other friendly leather guys in London or Manchester. Box 781

“Aquarian”, Bachelor; late 40’s (Bin’s) 5’4″, good appearance, seeks sincere friend. Am very shy and inexperienced, tired of being alone, wants to be loved, (E8 London area). Photo appreciated, genuine replies only. ALA. Box 782

North Staffs (42) gay, well built, wishes to meet 25-35 active, hairy friend for weekends and holidays, photo please, ALA, Jeans, Leather, Car Owner. Box 783

Young Man, 34, London, seeks friends interested in riding macs, gumboots, and oilskins, aged 35-45; Box 784.

Action Speaks Louder Than Words. Hairy one night stands wanted by versatile, blond, slim and mid 20’s. No camps please. Letters with photo get quickest action. Box 785

Versatile, Hairy, Young (20’s) Tarzan needed to share jungle-fresh nuts with slim me (26). Letters with photo answerd
with photo answered first. Box 786

Midlander, 36, friendly and warm, with interests in music, cinema, talking, travel and walking, seeks similar 25-45, anywhere, for love and companionship. ALA. Box 787

Tom (32) seeks male. Interests – leather, jeans. Photo appreciated. Box 788

Sportsmen, Skinheads, and Leatherboys required to pose for photographer. Replies with photos answered first. Box 789

Somerset (Yeovil) gay, 43, welcomes all active genuine men over 21 to his flat. Letters answered. Phone being installed. Box 790

Young Guy (24), good looking, seeks genuine and intimate friendship with attractive, intelligent guy aged 21-24. Photo appreciated and returned. Box 795

Young Man, 29, wearing tight jeans and leather jacket wants to meet other young jeans fans, who are over 21. Photo essential. London area. Box 791

Versatile forty group Londoner seeks friend for practicing New Year resolution with, plenty of refresher courses to keep in practice. Box 792

Can any acitve gay offer horse riding facilities to single male at times, mainly holidays but according to distance. Willing to be useful Welch Border. Box 793

London, 28 yrs old, masculine, muscular, good looking guy 6ft, own business, house, car, etc, would like to contact Oriental boy aged 21-28 for steady affair, could assist with studies or employment. Box 794

Gay Scot 40’s, active, smart, clean, sincere, lonely in London. Own home. Seeks genuine good natured chap (Scots welcome) anywhere, who is aching for reliable, permanent, loving relationship, aged 21-45. Write fully. Photo appreciated and returned with mine. Box 796

Gay Young Artist, 24 long hair, living in London, warm, kind and passive, likes music etc, seeks friends. Photo please if any, all letters answered. Box 797

New Zealand Guy, 24, widely travelled, recent arrival in UK, seeks friends (preferably coloured or latin) in London/anywhere. Photo not important. ALA. Box 798

Young Northern Male 29, slim, good appearance. Interests – theatre, music, seeks active friend for sincere, lasting relationship, aged 30-40. Photo appreciated, returnable. All replies answered. Box 799

EXECUTIVE, 34, TRANSFERED TO LONDON SHORTLY seeks young social contacts, any race, maybe roommate. I’m masculine, young looking & thinking & can afford a few of the nicer things in life. Sincere only. Photo helps, will be returned Let’s correspond! MAX.PO Box 26017. Los Angeles 90026, USA.

Young Coloured Male, sincere, tall, slim, seeks tall, active friend, blond, for permanent friendship. Photo (returned), read advert carefully. Box 807

Needy Student (music especially) required as poseur. Fares and fee paid. Skin colour, hair length, face fungus unimportant but cleanliness, keeness and need essential. Send full details (photo if possible). Box 808

Isolated? Perhaps Confused? Information and advice on homosexuality. Why not talk things over informally with us or write about your problems? Confidence assured. Midland Region. Box 809

If you get your pleasure when wearing wellies, or wear them in every day work. Details in conf idence to Box 810

Tall actor, just 28, slim, talented and going places, seeks lively, young, passive friend(s) in London. Will reply to all who send photos. Box 811

Guy, 28, would like to hear from others (Lancs area). Box 812

Young very keen bodybuilder interested: meeting, corresponding with similar enthusiasts – any age/ finding keen training partner – Box 813

Active gay early 50’s – young looking and slim seeks passive friend similar age for companionship. London SW area – have car and own flat. ALA. Box 814

Happy 100th Birthday – Adolph Zukor, from all at Gay News.

Personal, Accommodation, Employment and Classified Ads are continued On Page 14. (’Cause we have more personal ads than we have ever had before.)

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Here We Are Again

Most people are superstitious to a certain extent, and we at Gay News are no exception. With the publication date of this edition falling on the 13th December, and the last issue of GN being the twelfth, we decided not to tempt fate and have left the number off the front cover. The mistletoe that takes its place is a fair exchange we think and we hope that you all take advantage of it.

As we mentioned before, this will be the only edition of GN to appear this month. Our second publication date would have fallen in the middle of the Christmas holidays and as that wouldn’t have been much use to anybody, we are taking a holiday along with the rest of you. Consequently Gay News No 14 will be out on the 10th January, 1973.

We have tried our best to make the Monster Christmas issue as entertaining as possible and hope that it fits in well with the time of year. At first producing a Yuletide Edition of a gay newspaper seemed a fairly difficult task, but after a fair amount of discussion and planning the issue began to take shape. And what you are holding is the result. A special thanks to all the people who sent us suggestions.

Personal Ads

We have tried not to be too serious in this GN, but there is one particular problem we have to tell you about. And also explain our present course of action.

As you all must know, gay personal ads are illegal. Male homosexuals are allowed to make love in private if they are over twenty-one, women if over sixteen, but we are not allowed to encourage people to get together. And as far as we can ascertain, this goes for gay women too. This results in the ridiculous state of affairs whereby a very large section of the population is discriminated against because of their sexual preferences. And to advertise for companions or friends is, in the eyes of the law, akin to prostitution.

That, in our opinion, is a disgusting slander against gay people, but at present we are powerless to do anything about it. Gay News tries to at least ignore these archaic laws, by running a personal ads page (illegal page) but it could eventually result in us being prosecuted. This we are prepared to be, if necessary, although we would prefer not to be, as it could seriously interfere with the publication of Gay News.

So the present position is that we take a chance and hope that it will not be too long before we no longer have to subject ourselves to the possible wrath of the courts. But whilst being prepared to take such risks, we think it somewhat pointless to invite prosecution, so we have asked you not to place ads if you are under twenty-one and male.

We have also stipulated that explicit references to sexual acts or preferences should not appear in our ads.

We of course, don’t care a tinker’s curse what you say, but the Director of Public Prosecutions’ office and similar bodies do. And the best way to avoid unwanted attention from the law, is by keeping the ads as simple as possible, and keeping descriptions of your particular sexual preferences for when you make contact with someone who replies to your ads.

Unfortunately over the last few editions it has become increasingly apparent that many of you are going into detail and that gives possible prosecutors just the excuse they are looking for to bring us to the courts.

The area in which the ads are becoming noticeably more explicit is in the leather/S&M section. So we ask you to tone down your ads or we will have no choice but to tame them down for you.

We hate discrimination as much as we dislike censorship, and hope that any advertisers for people with similar tastes in leather and S&M will not think we are solely clamping down on them. Leather et at people have for far too long been put down by other gays, as have transvestites, transexuals, denim and rubber ‘admirers’ and all the other people who have slightly more adventurous tastes than most of us. This in our eyes is terribly wrong. The struggle of gays for social acceptance, understanding and tolerance is hard enough without discriminating against ourselves.

So will the people who find that they can’t quite say what they want to, or have their ads slightly amended by us, please not think we are adopting the same intolerant attitudes as the others who seemingly are against them. To us you are all gay, your preferences are your affair not ours, but as we have to cut out explicit references to sexual acts or organs, so must we apply such restrictions to S&M and CP enthusiasts.

We know this will not be a popular decision with some of you, but for the sake of Gay News, please bear with us until such times as all gays can say whatever they want in their ads. Incidentally, if we find it impossible to rephrase an ad without losing its entire meaning, we will return it to you so that you can make the necessary adjustments.

Your views and opinions are most welcome on this course of action of ours and we look forward to hearing from you, no matter how strong your criticisms.

Christmas Greetings

The joint editors and members of the editorial collective of Gay News would like to take this opportunity to wish all our readers and contributors a very happy Christmas and an eventful New Year. GN would never have survived beyond our first few editions without your help and support, and we gratefully thank you for continually buying the paper, for being constantly critical of our mistakes and errors of judgement and for giving us the type of encouragement that makes it all worth while.

In particular we would like to send greetings and thanks to the following: Carl and the rest of the crew at our printers; Brian Dax and all the other girls and boys at Time Out; Jim Anderson and Felix Dennis plus the rest of the gang at OZ; Roger Hutchinson and the IT crowd; the managers and staff at all the friendly gay pubs and clubs that enable us to sell copies of the paper in their establishments; Graham Chapman and his gorgeous household (responsible for many a hangover); William Hamling MP; our solicitors (especially the lovely Anthony in the criminal department); the gay organisations around the country who have given us considerable support and encouragement; all the shops, newsstands and small distributors who help get GN to you; Mick’s fish and chip shop; all our friends for putting up with us during the last few months; Peter MacMillan for not hesitating to lease us an office; members of CHE, SMG and Antony Grey of the Albany Trust and NFHO for making sure enough people initially heard about us; a very special thanks and lots of love to Sandi, our amazing typesetter, and all the other beautiful people, unfortunately far too numerous to mention by name, who have given so much of their time and energy in helping to make sure Gay News has regularly happened.

Also we send a large helping of love and thanks to all the people who have given financial support to Gay News, no matter whether it was a pound note hastily thrust into the hand of a GN seller at the Coleherne (Earls Court), a cheque that arrived just at the right moment, or a very welcome donation from a gay organisation.

But the biggest kisses and thanks go to our faithful readers and those brave enough to take out a subscription in the early days. To all of you, have a really great Christmas holiday and an amazingly happy New Year. See you all in January.

Illegal page

Love Knoweth No Laws*

Owing to certain-pressures put upon us by the law. we hold the right to cut, change or refuse to print any personal ads sent to us. We must also warn male ‘minors’ (under 21) that you may have unpleasant legal nasties unloaded on you. and us. if you attempt to use and reply for certain reasons connected with the meeting of someone for immoral purposes, namely making love. Apart from those antiquated legalities, men and women are welcome to use these columns as they wish.
* Chaucer.

Personal Ads

REPLIES TO BOX ADS: when replying to a box ad please write the box number on the envelope, and send it to Gay News. 19 London Street, London W2 1HL. Box number replies cannot be discussed on the telephone. If you wish to send a stamp with your box. no. reply, please do not attach it to reply.

Kumar Sorry about 2-12-72. Please write again to Box 483

Handsome 6′ guy (23) student based Cambridge/ London (Paddington). Has wide range of interests. Objects to pretentiousness and humourlessness. Seeks likeminded friends. Box 480.

Friend wanted to exchange views and interests. Looks unimportant. Humour and a civilised radical outlook is. I’m interested in history, music, museums, health foods, reading, scrabble, I like rambling in Afghanistan etc. (My height is 5’6″, weight l0st. 6lbs., brown hair, green eyes) My star sign in Aries. Non materialistic, Oxfam dressed, poor, enjoys comfort. Slightly neurotic. ALA. Photographs exchanged and returned. Box 616.

Young painter seeks body builder pal to model. £1.50 Studio Central London. Photo (returned) Box 617.

Alone for Christmas young London guy seeks other well endowed leather/denim guys (21—30) to share Christmas with him in London. Photo essential. Details. Box 618.

Young guy (24) digs soul, seeks same under 25 for sincere friendship. Any race. Photo please (return promised). Box 619.

Gay student 24, interests: French. German.Russian, Camping, hill-walking, CP, leather and denim. Invites all butch chaps to write to him. Box 620.

If you wear big rubber muddy wellies leather jacket and tight jeans then write. Box 621.

Young man 28, needs friends. Gay/straight, would like to hear from anyone interested in genuine friendship. Box 622.

Gay guy 28 currently living in Manchester, bored but not lonely wants more friends, anywhere, to add more interest to life. So drop me a line, please. Box 623.

New Malden straight gay would like to make contacts locally. Box 624.

Gay bachelor, 32, wishes meet gay lads up to 25. Box 625.

Lonely gay guy in mid 40’s from North Leeds area staying Bournemouth for Christmas period. Seeks gay companion, 21 to 40. Box 626.

Young guy, 21, new to London scene, resident NW6, loves movies theatre and Bowie. Seeks nice young fella of similar age for sincere lasting friendship, maybe share flat? Box 627.

Well educated, randy, 24, needs similar to guide me around London gay scene, Jan 15-21st ’73. I’m well-travelled, sense of humour. Interests: cinema, theatre, photography, etc. Genuine replies only. ALA. Box 628.
Will the person who placed ad with Box No 628 please contact Gay News as soon as possible.

To Box 359 GN9: Guss really does wish to correspond.

Young well built versatile guy (mid 20’s) with own flat seeks other well built young guys around London. Levis denim skinhead leather. ALA with photos. Box 629

Dark slim company director, 38, Croydon, car, reliable, affectionate, seeks someone any age under 23 for permanent unselfish relationship. Future flat share possible. Box 630.

Gay girl (20) seeks sincere feminine girl (20-30) in London or the South-east, for genuine relationship. Photo appreciated and returned. Box 631.

Sincere active male, smart mid-40’s seeks friendship younger gay chap anywhere for lasting affair. Usual interests, non-kinky, must be genuine, own home, London. Discretion assured. Details, photo please. Box 632.

Lonely London guy, 45. seeks genuine reliable companion for lasting and loving relationship. 30-45, not camp please. Would consider partnership hotel or antiques anywhere. ALA. Box 633.

Young man (29) own house in London wants to meet others up to 26 who will be alone over Christmas. Write fully (all answered) Box 634.

Active male 29 (TV director) own house, car, London wants to meet ordinary working boy looking for permanent relationship. Prefer petite type up to mid 20’s. Background/looks unimportant, as is shyness and inexperience. Box 634.

Manchester. Lonely bachelor 48 seeks sincere and genuine male companion for lasting friendship. Between 21-30. Photograph appreciated. Box 635.

Gay businessman (39) generous disposition, wishes to meet young guys for mutual pleasure, preferably Bournemouth/Southampton area but not essential. I have own flat and car. Box 651.

Young man (26) seeks friends in South-west especially or elsewhere. Box 636.

Londoner, 23, discreetly gay guy, warm and gentle, with some artistic interests. Also music, reading, sailing, travel, talking, needs similar friend to share happiness in evenings and weekends. Photo. Box 638.

A friend sought to share and explore the music and countryside of pastoral England. Impossible really? 25-35 age group. Box 639.

East Londoner (27) wishes to meet and visit gay males of similar or younger age group for mutual pleasure. Letters with photo answered. Box 640.

Male (30) wants some tough and active friends with a view to worldwide trek. Box 641.

Gay man, 40, wishes to meet same. 21-25 Oxford area. I also have London flat. Box 642.

Shy male (39) own flat SW15 seeks friend for love and companionship. ALA. Box 643.

Attractive London guy 25, interested in fashion modelling, photography etc. Seeks friends, own pad. Box 644.

Male (40) seeks pen-friends, 21-30 years of age, any nationalities. Write C. Borg, c/o 27, Cospicua Road. Pawla, Malta G-C.

Happy Birthday to John on 17th December and Fred on 12th December. Derek.

Happy Birthday to PF on 11th Dec from your little English Dutch boy.

Male 23, adaptable, living in North London, capable of sharing wide interests, seeks similar of about same age for permanent friendship. Photo appreciated. ALA. Box 645.

Goodlooking but lonely and shy, 27, South London masculine gay guy. I’m looking for that elusive lasting relationship. If the face fits, you’ll be hearing from me. All letters answered. Box 646.

Bachelor, gay, 37, English, 5’10” medium build, passive. North London, not obvious or fabulously handsome but absolutely genuine, seeks genuine friend 30-45 approx, loyal, looks secondary to above qualities. Eventually seek share flat. Box 647.

Amateur photographer would like to hear from handsome young males willing to model. Good fee. Copies of photos. Please send photograph. (London). Box 648.

Gay guy with won pad, and sound financially, but non-driver, seeks gay mate with car in exchange for free accommodation. Age immaterial. Box 649.

Merry Christmas, Happy New Year to all my friends in the Hague. Derek.

London male, young 40, seeks friendship, same age or younger. Personable, interests cinema, theatre, German. Sincere, affectionate, photo if possible. All letters answered. Box 650.

Gay guy (23) tall, slim, educated wide interests seeks understanding friend under 25 for companionship. Photo appreciated. London/Essex/Kent. Box 652.

Gentleman, 50 young, 6’2″ slim, ruggedly handsome seeks goodlooking intelligent, not feminine friend. Interest leather shorts, jeans, for holidays, weekends. Photo please. Box 653.

Hampshire, outdoor type seeks muscle guys for training partners. PC, wrestling, friendship. Interests numerous and varied. Accommodation available. Box 654.

Guy 22 seeks mod friends with own ideas under 23. Box 655.

Active but gentle designer early fifties seeks sincere handsome cultured passive partner 21-30 to share small Kensington house. Long term relationship envisaged. Box 656.

Gay guy, 23, Leicestershire, tall goodlooking except nose busted in accident, seeks loan for nose job, repay over period. Would be grateful. Box 657.

London student, Asian descent, 24, virgin, seeks gentle, non-hairy active gay, mature outlook for friendship and initiation. Photo preferred. Box 658.

Devotee ancient religions phallic worship and cult worshipping sheer penial size, now temporarily abroad, wants like-minded pen-friends. Please use air-letter form. Box 659.

Young man (24) goodlooking disciplinarian, seeks London friends up to 22, wearing athletic or soccer gear. Recent photo essential. Genuine. Tony, Box 660.

Slim 32, love to meet active black friend who appreciates serious music and is radical. Box 661.

Help! Information wanted. Where can I obtain gay books, magazines, photos etc. in London or by post, at reasonable prices? And where are the pubs, clubs and restaurants? Box 662.

Gay male 26 nice looking (not effeminate) seeks sincere active male any age. Photo appreciated All letters answered. Box 663.

Young gay guy — young enough to be admired, old enough to be wise, offered holiday/weekend space, modern flat in gay area. Permanent stay if mutual. Details. Photo for reply. Box 664.

Active companion to share expenses, London to S W France by Aston Martin car to naturist beach mid-June 1973. 2-3 weeks and back to London. Staying small hotel. Box 665.

Guy, 26, non-effeminate, co-operative, versatile, eager to learn new things, seeks friends who can appreciate and utilise these qualities. Box 668.

Wanted. Smart, educated young man share home. Active, theatre, preferably car. Good employment record, financially stable, modern, 30s. Wide interests, own business. Box 666.

Visitors required Christmas. Share expenses. Box 667.

Co Director 25 wants muscle boy for wrestling boxing into tight jeans. Photo for mine. London Box 680

(S.E.) Guy 27, goodlooking, quiet, wishes to meet same, or younger, for friendship. Photo appreciated. Box 681

35-Year-Old tall, slim American guy just arrived London, wants to meet masc. gays in London. Varied interests. Box 682

Young Man wants to meet similar 21-25 age group. Interested in classical music, travel and is active athletic type in Hampshire – London area. Photo’s please. Box 683

Frenchman, 29, would like to meet well built guys. Any race welcome. Box 684

Active Guy, Blonde, 6’1″, aged 32, seeks younger passive non camp genuine friends. All letters answered. Box 685

Australian 22 seeks friendship under 25. Send photo to Raymond Smith, c/o Commonwealth Bank of Australia, 48 Aldwych, London WC2.

Demanding Male, 46, seeks passive partner. Must be willing to accept all forms of discipline and training. Box 687

Good Looking Male, versatile 24 yr old, seeks attractive under 30, to share house (SW6) and expenses. Photo essential (returnable). Telephone number if possible. Box 688

“Are You Mr Right”, start the new year off with a bang. Are you between 22-26, under 5’11”, no beards, passive, slim, preferably blonde, and appreciate a 36 year old butch city gent, own flat, hobbies sport, theatre, good food/drink. Recent photo essential and Tel.No. in reply. ALA. Box 689

London. I am a young gay guy (24), tall, slim, goodlooking, long-hair and happy. I would like to meet similar guy for friendship. Write with photo. Box 690

Passive young looking mid forties seeks genuine active friend 30-45 yrs. All letters answered. Box 691

Chris, 24, seeks gay active friends 21-45 anywhere (especially Herts) for loving/uninhibited relationship. Interests – sport, cinema, leather, mildly masochistic. ALA. Box 693

Slim Guy, 30, interested music, opera also enjoys manual work, seeks non-effeminate friends, 21-35, London. Box 694 Guy 38 wishes to meet active friends. Box 695

Two Guys 27/38 wish to widen their circle of friends. Box 696

Live In The U.S.A. ! Executive, 35. masculine, needs companion-assistant. Under 30. slim, presentable. Race education & social background unimportant if sincere adaptable, reliable, warm. Some world-wide travel involved. Modest pay and all found. Interview London before Xmas. Send full personal info and photo (returnable) in confidence, airmail to: Boxholder, P.O.Box 20621, Los Angeles 90006, USA.

Lonely Persian 23, wishes to meet an executive type gentleman (active, masculine) of age between 40-52 for sincere friendship. I am masculine, adaptable, loyal, possess hairy body and overfilled with oriental passion for love —’hence a natural masseur. Photo if possible (returned). Genuine and understanding person please. London, USA, Canada or anywhere. Likes travelling. Could also have help in business etc. required. Box 583

Guy 23 likes coloured people! Good looking active musical non-pinstriped civil servant seeks soulmate. Age, looks less important than sincerity. Send photo, phone number if possible. Box 698

Bachelor late 40’s, 5’4″, good appearance, seeks sincere and lasting friendship; “very shy”, inexperienced; tired of being alone; needs to be loved. Seeks younger companion. Photo returnable with mine. Box 699

Dave and Jim (22) seek friends in Chatham area. Similar age or younger. Box 700

EXECUTIVE. 34. TRANSFERED TO LONDON SHORTLY seeks young social contacts, any race, maybe roommate. I’m masculine, young looking & thinking & can afford a few of the nicer things m life. Sincere only. Photo helps, will be returned. Let’S correspond! MAX.PO Box 2fc017. Los Angelas 90026. USA

Bachelor, 55, passive, seeks kind, active, masculine companion of same age group, own home for sincere, lasting friendship, Leicester area. Box 701

Northerner in Brighton has vacancy for young man requiring discipline. Box 702


3rd gay guy, 20’s to share flat off Richmond Hill with teachers. £6.75. Box 637.

Room available Peckham £6 would reduce for a few hours domestic work – also young Xmas companion wanted.01 732 6724

Pile of straw or other accommodation sought by friendly, non-effeminate male. 26. Box 668.

OFFICES. Gay News needs offices now. They’ve got to be central, and they’ve got to be cheap. Two rooms, with a phone installed, preferably West End. Contact Gay News at 01-402 7805 or write to: 19 London Street. London W2 1HL.

Wanted. Discreet male or female for pleasant Battersea bedsit. £7.50 pw (to include heating and electricity) Phone 223 0758.

Crash pad offered to gay guys under 25 years. No cargos please. Assistance given to those who are in need. Phone 01-691 0733.

Young gay girl would like to share flat in London with others. Contact Sandy, 6 Solent Close, Ryde, Isle of Wight.

Rooms to let Peckham. Also friends wanted. Any nationality. Phone 01-732 6724. Paul aged 32.

Gay flat mate to share luxury flat. Own room. Colour television. No restrictions, all facilities. Phone after 8 pm 349 9988. Garage available if requd.

Double room £8. Single room £4. Also a flat at reasonable rent. West London. Box 671.

Accommodation Ads continued on next page.

Illegal page

Love Knoweth No Laws*

Owing to certain-pressures put upon us by the law, we hold the right to cut, change or refuse to print any personal ads sent to us. We must also warn male ‘minors’ (under 21) that you may have unpleasant legal nasties unloaded on you, and us, if you attempt to use and reply for certain reasons connected with the meeting of someone for immoral purposes, namely making love. Apart from those antiquated legalities, men and women are welcome to use these columns as they wish.

* Chaucer.

Personal Ads

REPLIES TO BOX ADS: when replying to a box ad please write the box number on the envelope, and send it to Gay News, 19 London Street, London W2 1HL. Box number replies cannot be discussed on the telephone. If you wish to send a stamp with your box. no. reply, please do not attach it to reply.

Will the person who placed box no 156 please send us your address so we can send you your replies.

Will the people who placed ads box nos 159, 160, 198, 248, 331, 334 please collect their mail from the Gay News office, these replies will not be kept much longer.

After the 6th December, Box nos between 150 and 300 will be invalid unless you can send us a further 50p to cover handling and postage.

Shy lonely gay guy 22, seeks companion for friendship, same age group. (Northumberland Durham area) Box 594.

Muscular, well-endowed guy (33) give and take, would like to meet real hairy guys 25-40, Manchester-Cheshire area. Transport would help, gorillas welcome. Box 593.

Slim guy, 40, wants to meet boys interested in leather. Ex-bike owner. No freaks. Box 592.

Semi-retired bachelor, very fit, CHE member would like to join genuine active man for Xmas as P.G. Box 591.

Col – Please contact Brian who also has disability problem. Box 589

Bike owning leather guy seeks similar companions. Somerset area. Box 590.

Young strong active soccer player 23, urgently needs used football shorts and gear. Also strict trainer. Box 582.

Healthy lanky guy, 29, with own London accommodation seeks uninhibited slim hirsute type interested in leather etc. Immediate answer with phone no. to reply including photo for exchange. Box 581.

Young man, London, hoping to buy country retreat during next year wishes contact other(s) interested country weekends and willing drive reasonable distance. Box 580.

Young man, good appearance, physique, considerate, seeks similar, 21—40, London area. Lasting friendship, sincere. Please send photo (returned with mine). Box 579

Active lover of leather, denim shorts, 30, seeks non camp friends for imaginative sessions, central London. Photo please. Box 578

Gentle looking versatile guy (24) likes finer things in life, seeks similar — view to flatshare (central London) and sincere relationship. Photo appreciated. Box 576.

Lonely, 25, non-effeminate, slim, easy going seeks similar young man anywhere with view to sharing life together, photo not essesntial, sincerity more important. A.L.A. Box 574.

Gay active nice-looking male, 35, wants sincere partner younger. I can travel and accommodate. Photo please, returned with mine A.L.A. Box 575.

Young guy (23) – London, mildly masochistic, seeks friends under thirty. Photo preferred. Box 554.

In Berlin December 17th—19th? I’d like to meet you there. Any information on East/West gay scene welcome. Box 553.

Free Christmas with a family in London area is offered to a boy who would otherwise be on his own. Details to Box 552.

Masochist young lady seeks beautiful and intelligent master/mistress. Box 555.

Young man, strict disciplinarian, has vacancies for pupils interested in correction with rubber, leather and C.P. Box 556.

Coloured (34) wishes to make friends, any race, interests varied. Box 557.

Attractive, intelligent, balanced chap, 29, lives London, would like to meet someone mature under 35 for hopefully lasting relationship. Photo please. ALA. Box 558

Help. Must be someone London area about 39, looking for permanent companionship, not effeminate, preferably someone in travel business as I am. Advertiser slim, quiet, likes countryside, music, cinema, theatres. Box 559

Tall slim goodlooking student 22 wishes to meet kind man (up to 40) for genuine friendship. Write BM Box 1030 London WC1

Attractive gay male, 23, with London address seeks young person for genuine relationship. Send photo | age and interests. Box 561

Paul, 22, good looking, long haired, seeks similar boy, about same age, for sincere friendship. London area. Interests: cinema, theatre, Motown. Please send photo. Box 562

Ex Londoner 23 and slowly dying of lonely boredom in Medway, Kent. Please help revive me. Photo if you wish, but it’s your personality and what you are that matters. Box 563.

Attractive 6′ guy (27, bisexual) seeks intelligent friends, male and female, for non-exploitative relationship. Box 564.

Any young soul, Northern Disco, Tamla freaks. I’m 21, long-haired, and into most things. Box 565.

Young man (26) interested in body-building seeks friends. Box 566.

Bachelor, 40, turned on by guys with hairy chests, legs, stomachs, faces, etc. would like to meet others 21-45 for friendship and other pleasures. London area, photo appreciated. Box 567

Bachelor, late 30s, interested theatre, cinema, writing, music, vintage railways would like to meet others 25—45 for friendship etc anywhere in London, photo appreciated. Box 568

Asian student (20’s) in London would like to meet someone for lasting friendship. ALA. Box 569

Bachelor, 60, gay active, good humoured, retired, seeks friendship with similar or younger man. East Kent. ALA. Box 570.

Would any intelligent, good-looking, nicely-dressed gay young man like to spend a weekend with me (friendly but serious graduate, 26) in London flat? Own room. Photo appreciated. Box 571.

Chinese? I’m 27, fair, good looking, friendly, noncamp, with London house, car etc, and would like a loving relationship with a Chinese boy. Box 538

Gay boy, 24, wishes to contact other gay boy living in Romsey, Southampton area. Sharing weekends in London and Southampton. Photographs please. Box 539

Platonic friend needed. I am lonely, would like someone who likes going to pubs, clubs etc. Would be a help to have car. I am 26 and honest. Please help. Box 540.

Two attractive young men, preferably an affair, wanted by young doctor involved in sexual research must be broadminded. Box 541.

Artist 21 needs love and companions. All letters answered. Box 542.

Girl companion, holiday America. Interests, Elvis, drinking etc. Miss Pan, 535 Church Road, Yardley, Birmingham 33..

Wanted: second-hand beaten-up faded (not bleached) Levi jacket, 38″ chest. Box 543

Leather guy (30) seeks others with black leather gear (21—35) approx. for mutual enjoyment. Photo appreciated. West London—Middlesex area. No S&M. Box 550.

Goodlooking gay, 25, masculine, wonders if there are any GN readers 21—30 less plastic than those who frequent London bars. Photos please. ALA. Box 551

West-Indian male, attractive, tired of insincere men, seeks gay butch tall guardsman, pop-singer stockbroker, actor, C/director/others for permanent discreet friendship. Photos. Genuine replies please. Box 573

Graduate male (25) seeks sincere friend age 22—28, preferably slim and fair, living in Nottingham area or for weekends in London. Interests – art, music, theatre, travel. Genuine request. Photo please. Box 549

Handsome, non-camp guy 29, seeks masculine mate, 25-45. Photo appreciated. All letters answered. Box 548

Gay guy seeks kindred spirit Birmingham or London area for weekend meetings and Ibiza summer holiday. Ideally about 21, usual interests, swimming, not effeminate. All replies answered. Details and photo to Box 547.

Under 27? Slim? Not camp? Like wearing soccer gear? (Mine) Ready for CP? Photo. Box 603

Gay guy 29, tall 5′ 11″ slim, passive. Seeks active guy for genuine friendship. I’m not effeminate. Photo appreciated — returnable. Box 605

Gay American guy, 22, dark, 5’11%”, 165lbs, student in W5. Seeks discreet goodlooking guy to 28 for lasting relationship. All sincere replies answered. Photo please. Box 606.

Lonely over Christmas? Then share mine and festivities, wonderful time assured, near Medway towns. Photo please. ALA. Box 607.

Farm worker, 32 Downham South London prefers straight side of life. Looking for male friend under 36. Also understanding girl for parties and dancing. Box 608.

Gibraltarian, 29, dark, well built. Just arrived England, living in hostal, would like to meet interesting person with view to sharing flat. Although active, can be passive. Brian. All letters answered. Box 609.

Are you 25-32 and passive? Are you tired of being alone, tired of trolling? I’m a professional man of 33, gay, but masculine in outlook. Have flat in West London and car. If you are looking for a permanent relationship and security, please write with photo to Box 610.

I work evenings, free daytime/Sundays. Would like to meet slim, clean guy (21-30) for regular relationship. London area. I’m 38, slim athletic body, amiable, own flat, sports car, simple lifestyle. Exchange photos. Box 611.

London gay guy (25) tired of trolling looks for meaningful relationship with similar: intelligent, liking cinema, music, literature, also politically conscious and radical. Box 612.

Soul mate wanted by 28-year-old, sincere, lonely London guy. I am masculine (could become versatile for the right guy) good-looking and interested in football, music and having fun. Straight looking/ Butch types aged 21/30 preferred. Please include photo. ALA. Mike Box 601.

Shy, lonely discreet man (38) anxious to meet others, same age or younger, with view to permanent friendship. Dislike camp. Photo appreciated. ALA Box 602

Bored at Christmas? A drink and chat with friendly Londoners (Ilford area) may enliven the holiday. Box 588

Birmingham motor-cyclist would like to contact others in Midlands, or wider areas. Not afraid to travel. Box 545.

Shame when a young dolly man of 45 has to live alone in Westcliff-on-sea, for reasons of being fastidious, sincere nad passive. Can anyone remedy? Box 544

Does any athletic type want to meet a quiet, reasonably intelligent gay who also swims and trains with weights? Box 537

Gay, non-camp guy 29, slim, 5’11”, dark hair, seeks active male for genuine friendship. Please send photo (returned with mine) all letters answered. John. Box 536.

Taurus, 30, invites photo returned with his, from slim, circumcised Londoner under 25. Box 535.

Ambitious Indian Gay 29, own home and car seeks someone sincere who would help with business ventures and enjoy good life with me. Photo appreciated — Permanent, Sussex. Box 534.

Student, 21, Liverpool-Cheshire area, would like to meet attractive young boy for genuine friendship. Sense of humour essential. Photo please. Box 533

East Sussex guy 29, seeks versatile mates up to 32. No fatties. Can accommodate weekends. Recent photo please and phone number if poss. Box 532

Londoner, 27, wishes to meet young denim/leather types for friendship etc, own flat. Need turning on. Photo welcomed. Box 531.

Gay girl (25) seeks sincere feminine girl (under 5′) in Portsmouth area. Photo appreciated and returned. Box 530.

Young man 25 wishes to meet Turkish, Persian or Arab in London area. You won’t regret it. Box 529.

Two Yorkshire young gay guys would like to meet singles or another two guys for mutual pleasure. Photos appreciated. Box 528.

Young attractive guy (24) seeks same or younger for friendship. Please write with photo. Sincere, happy, honest! Box 527

Bachelor late 40s, height 5’4″, good appearance, seeks sincere lasting friendship, very shy, inexperienced. E. London area. Seeks younger companion. Photo returnable with mine. Box 526.

Alone this Christmas? Gay guy willing share simple festivities with one or two similar loners at his secluded Welsh cottage. Write box 525.

Bachelor 32, requires companions for car touring holiday 2/3 weeks Tunisia or Morocco next year. Also pen pals – Peter Huntington, 19 Newport Court, Leicester Square, London WC2.

38, passive, tall, slim, living Yorkshire, own house, seeks hirsute active view to life together. ALA. Tired of being alone. Box 524.

Youth, 23, wants contact with others under 25. (skinheads, smoothies, etc) Photo please, box 523.

Lonely Persian 23, wishes to meet an executive type gentleman (active, masculine) of age between 40-52 for sincere friendship. I am masculine, adaptable, loyal, possess hairy body and overfilled with oriental passion for love — hence a natural masseur. Photo if possible (returned). Genuine and understanding person please. London or anywhe anywhere. ALA. Box 583

For sale, seventeen copies of ‘Rolling Stone’ magazine. Offers to — Raymond Bray — Wrangle House, Wrangle, Boston, Lincolnshire.

Male graduate (23) seeks similar aged multi-racial versatile communal gatherings. Box 584.

Seeking boyish featured slim male needing true love, home and happiness with a gentle, generous, understanding guy of very slim, youthful shapely figure. Box 585.

Free Holiday accommodation in modern sea-front flat (90 minutes London) offered one or two young males wanting to do their own thing. No conditions or restrictions. Photo (returnable) essential. Advertiser, 46. Box 586

Young looking 50 year old bachelor (new to the scene) living 30 miles NW London dreads thought of Xmas alone. Would welcome advice or suggestions from gay friends. Age or race unimportant. I am smart, quiet, country lover. Own car and home, but very shy. Telephone number if possible. Box 587.

25-year-old Edinburgh guy needs a friend to share music and other interests with. Please be kind, good-humoured and genuine. Write very soon to Tony Parry, 21 Robert Smillie Avenue, Mayfield nr. Dalkeith, Midlothian, Scotland.

Slim gay TV would like to meet or correspond with similar or anyone who is interested. Likes indoor photography, photo please, if poss. for mine. Box 546

Executive, 44, personable, active but inhibited, nothing to brag about, tastes literary, domestic, needs intelligent, understanding, completely faithful, resident partner in steady work. Detached house, dull suburb ½ hour tube to Oxford Circus. Reasonable, share expenses, negotiable. No orgies, no oncers etc. Good home for right person. Box 500.

Live In The U.S.A. ! Executive, 35, masculine, needs companion-assistant. Under 30, slim, presentable.Race education & social background unimportant if sincere adaptable, reliable, warm. Some world-wide travel involved. Modest pay and all found. Interview London before Xmas. Send full personal info and photo (returnable) in confidence, airmail to: Boxholder, P.O.Box 20621, Los Angeles 90006, USA.

Non British Male, 26, Tall, slim, dark, curly hair, brown eyed, masculine type, speaks French, English, Hebrew, seeks genuine relationship. ALA. Box 435

EXECUTIVE, 34. TRANSFERED TO LONDON SHORTLY seeks young social contacts, any race, maybe roommate. I’m masculine, young looking & thinking & can afford a few of the nicer things m life. Sincere only. Photo helps, will be returned. Let’s correspond! MAX, PO Box 26017, Los Angeles 90026. USA.

Cornwall. Young 40 wishes to meet other males 21-40. Keen water sports, wide interests. Box 491


Coloured man (34) needs accommodation, will consider sharing. Box 557

Gay executive, 30, seeks someone to part-share flat. Must be normal looking, quiet and cultured. Prefer piano player to play duets. Close to Islington. Box 596

Graduate 23, teaching in NW1 seeks civilised room £5—6 urgently. Box 597

Guy, 21, would like to share flat with one other same age or younger. Box 598

Slim gay male (22) seeks to share flat/room with young gay male. London/Midlands. Offers please to Box 599

Gay News typesetter (non-gay girl) urgently requires clean, furnished s/c flat or large bedsit in Bayswater-Notting Hill area. Not too expensive please. Ring Sandi 727-1475 (office hours).

Catford London, modern furnished flat available (centrally heated) £48 per month. Also masculine guy (34) offers share of clean flat to similar. Box 604.

OFFICES. Gay News needs offices now. They’ve got to be central, and they’ve got to be cheap. Two rooms, with a phone installed, preferably West End. Contact Gay News at 01-402 7805 or write to: 19 London Street, London W2 1HL.

Gay Guy 26 (Israeli) seeks accommodation in London. Like to share with Guy(s), any age. Box 435

Gay News Newsman urgently seeks room in shared house/flat. About £6 per week. Must be on telephone in inner/West London. Call Peter on 01 402 7805


Gay guy forty group offers his services for house cleaning, washing, ironing, light cooking and decorating also undertaken. In fact all your wants catered for. Very versatile. Write for service, phone no given. ALA Box 613

Bournemouth business man (50) requires young man as companion/help for Christmas/New Year period. Able to cook and speak English. Suit student or similar. Good pay and fare paid. Box 614

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One of the main criticisms we receive of our editorials is that they are usually about the same subject from issue to issue. Whilst we try to avoid being boring, we cannot help but be repetitious. This is because so many of the points continually mentioned are concerned with the livelihood and the expansion of the paper. If we keep on appealing, it’s because we really have to. So next time you realise you are reading something which is more or less the same as words which appeared in a previous issue, please remember that the help we are asking for is really needed and situation mentioned hasn’t improved overnight.

Just for a change though, we would like to include a few other things in this issue’s editorial, that are not directly associated with the internal running or survival or Gay News.

Age Of Consent

Firstly, you may have read that people of eighteen (who can also vote, marry without parental consent, drink alcohol, die for their country, etc) will soon be called to do jury duty. Not all of you may agree with this, but it’s going to happen. We think at GN that it is an important advancement. But what this new social development brings to our minds is the fact that people on reaching the magic age of eighteen can do everything an ‘adult’ can, except in one area. Male homosexuals still cannot choose who they make love to until they are twenty one. And that’s ridiculous. If someone is considered adult enough to condemn or release a defendant accused of a crime – which can range from murder to traffic offences – then surely they must be capable of exploring their own sexuality in whatever direction it takes them.

Surely it is time that this primitive situation was changed once and for all. And we don’t mean just settling for the age of consent being lowered to eighteen. The age should and must be sixteen, as it is with girls – for to settle for anything else would be an admission on our part that homosexuality is something different and strange. No aware homosexual can possibly think that. As we have said before in GN, not to be oneself, whether through self-denial or legal pressures, is what’s queer.

Who’s Doing Anything

Last week we tried to find out who, whether individuals or organisations, was trying to start the moves to alter the existing legislation with regard to the present age of consent. Apart from a few vague answers, we drew a blank. A very discouraging and saddening discovery. We believe that the longer this area of gay oppression remains, then the harder it will become to gain any reform. So if anyone, anywhere, is doing something about gaining the necessary changes, let us know. We will give you all the support and encouragement we can, and you are welcome to use the pages of GN to attract support and interest for your campaign. We realise that such a task is not easy. One has to get the support of many influential and sympathetic people, both in and out of Parliament. A bill has to be prepared, publicity obtained throughout the various mass medias and so on. But this is such an important matter that the amount of work involved will eventually be justified by the success of changing blind, oppressive, ignorant laws. Of course, it will be the generations that follow us who will feel the benefits of any changes, but does this mean that we should not be responsible for contributing to the advancement of society?


In most papers recently, the word ‘mugging’ has been appearing more and more frequently. Mugging is a particularly disturbing crime and its apparent rise in notoriety is cause for concern. Even the Duke of Edinburgh has described it as a ‘disease’. But the national press seems to be under the impression that this is a new phenomenon in the world of violent crime. It most certainly isn’t. Gays have been subject to mugging – or queer bashing as it is called when directed against homosexuals (both male and female) – for quite some time. As we all know, gays have been favourite victims for those wishing to use fear and brutality as their means of gaining material rewards. At times this has resulted in death or the sustaining of lifelong injuries. Also, as is more often the case, gays – because of the treatment, lack of sympathy, and half-hearted inquiries they expect from the police – have not reported robberies and violence committed against them, and subsequently we are unaware of exactly how many of these frightening crimes have gone unnoticed and unrecorded.

The exploitation of people through fear is a disgusting, obscene occurrence, and those responsible should feel the full weight of the law for such acts. Human scum such as the Kray brothers and the South London ‘Richardson Gang’ have fortunately been removed from society for some time to come. These other merchants of fear also deserve the same treatment and sentences.

So we see it as a pity when other papers pick up on mugging as if it were something new and tend to turn it into a trendy crime. They ignore or forget that some citizens for many years have been experiencing similar barbaric acts – but called by a different name – and because of social attitudes, the victims have not sought the protection or help of the law.

Gay News will be approaching Scotland Yard on their present attitudes towards homosexual victims of mugging. We hope we will receive the answers that those who live in a supposedly enlightened society will want to hear. We will also examine the attitudes of individual members of the police force and those of local police stations. In due course the results of our enquiries will appear in GN’s pages.

We hopefully expect to hear from you on these subjects. They are important to all of us and your opinions and suggestions are invaluable to both us and the people who read them, whether they are gay or heterosexual, male or female.

Christmas Edition

Please don’t forget that we need your help in getting a really good Christmas issue together. If it is to be a success, we must have your ideas, articles, suggestions, etc. Let’s make it an edition that will be well worth having around over the Christmas holidays. We can do it together.

Personal Ads

Your personal ads keep on flowing in. We seem to print a few more with each new issue. And that’s fine with us. We’re sorry that we sometimes have to slightly amend a few of your ads, but we don’t want to invite legal proceedings against us more than we have to. The Gay News collective isn’t comprised of martyrs, just people who think contact ads are a service that is wanted by some of you. And if you take advantage of this service, good for you and the best of luck and love.

Loneliness and isolation are terrible things to endure, and if we can help remove them from people’s lives, we will. Remember too, your morality is your affair, not ours, not the Director of Public Prosecution’s, nor even The House of Lords’.

Christmas can be a very lonely period, so if you think an appropriate ad in GN may be of use in making sure that you or other gays are not alone in the season of ‘peace and goodwill’ why not send one in. We. suggest our late November issue is the most suitable to use for this purpose, as it gives people time to reply before the Christmas postal rush is on. For that issue please make sure you have your ads to us no later than 21st November. And we on our part will send off replies to your box numbers as speedily as possible.

By the way, Gay News is bought by more people than any other gay publication in this country. As a result your ads are read more than those appearing elsewhere. Don’t forget that we are the only gay publication to come out fortnightly, and a conservative estimate of our readership, as opposed to those who actually buy it, is at least thirty thousand. (This assessment is based on accepted advertising circulation figures.) No wonder some of you receive so many replies to the ads you place.

Your Letters Cont.


Manchester M20 9DT


Your initial issue was sent to me by courtesy of the SMG. After contemplating your style and format, decided that a subscription for 20 issues would at least be an encouragement. Very promptly issues 2 to 7 arrived. I spent an exhausting evening catching up, somewhat mentally indigestible. Today number 8 arrived. Thank you for expertise, and the underlying instinct of not wishing to sermonise. Every issue has been an improvement on its predecessor. Even those bachelors have been spelt correctly; there must be a reason why the ‘t’ appears in so many gay journals.

The published letters intrigue me as also does your warning to letter writers, surely you don’t mean it? I have a sneaking suspicion that journalists write their own letters: At least you admit to asking, loaded questions to the BBC – considering the present climate of opinion, I think that you got a very fair reply — but surely First Class Philip, who says he is fed up at his classification. Maybe it’s all that ‘fucking’ that labels him. For surely we are classified by others, not ourselves, we just present the evidence, for the writing on the tags. Basically I think I know what he means, or rather implies. After some 30 years’ knowledge of myself as a homosexual, am not over concerned how I am labelled. If the GLF wish to lighten up the darkness, limp wristing it down the Dilly, with a Lily, so what? One does not have to join in. Frankly I rather enjoy the occasions. The audience are often as not more amusing than the play. We are classed, labelled, tagged, call it what you will, by the company we keep. Surely our First Class Male has heard of CHE.

Have been collecting, and subscribing to all types of gay literature and journals for many years. Am currently in the process of comprising a thesis on ‘gay publishing’ past, present and future. It will no doubt give my foundation heart failure, let’s hope the examiners take it home to bed. I’ll get that Ph.D. Cast that couch aside.

Your collective collation full of candour and camp, compels me to enclose a cheque for £5. Better than wasting it on the local rent.

Just for interest’s sake, notice that you have advertised GIN and JEFFERY, no response from them so far. I sent them P.O.’s not wishing to add to my Bank Manager’s heart failure. Way of all flesh no doubt. Quorum seem to be quivering, maybe it’s that man at the G.P.O.

Lots of luck – but does Mr J.D. Blount exist? Your cullusive collective.

With apologies for the alliteration and the typescript. Must find myself an au pair boy who can type.

Richard Spenceley

ED: The letters printed in GN are, of course, all received from readers. Thanks for your donation, Richard, it’s now safely in our vaults.

Our Wonderful Policemen


Dear Gay News,

In many gay’ publications, including Gay News, one reads with monotonous regularity complaints and stories of allegations against the police concerning their actions and manner towards gay people.

In GN9 there was an article called Spying in Cubicles. The writer complained of police action against him. I would like to ask him what does he think should happen? I am sure he must be fully aware that such actions to which he admits can only lead to arrest, prosecution and punishment. So if he wishes to engage in such pastimes in public places instead of in private places, he should take his punishment and learn from it and not try to cast blame on the police for doing their duty. He also states that there were no children about that afternoon, but I am sure he must now be aware that a young child could have walked in, if he was not so aware before.

I would also state that I have used both gay pubs in Earls Court and many others, and have seen police move people on outside the Coleherne, but it has been when the footway has been completely obstructed and passers-by have been forced to push through a crowd or walk in the roadway. Their manner (the police) I have found to be polite and justifiable.

The number of times I have been stopped while trolling by the police, I have again found them polite and courteous. Perhaps if one takes a reasonable manner with the police they in turn will take a reasonable line with us. At least, that is my opinion, after many encounters.

I would further state that I am not a police officer nor in any way connected with the police.

Yours faithfully.

S. J. Gardner

Women in the Background


Dear Sir,

I agree women do tend to remain in the background a lot more than our brothers, there are many reasons for this.

In the provinces, clubs are few and far between, and many of us don’t care for group activities. In fact, I feel there are still many who do not know these groups exist. I myself, until recently, didn’t know CHE or Gay Lib existed, until I heard Speakeasy on the radio (GN1). There’s one exception, of course, some knew they were gay very early, but not all of us realised we were gay until we were married with children, then what could we do? A divorce, perhaps. That’s not always easy when children are involved. And, admit it, who wants to know you when you’ve got ties? Do we have to wait maybe years, before we can start to live, too. Or will someone, somewhere, realise our need, too, and give us a chance to meet discreetly, not in clubs or bars, but with others like us who need to be discreet.

Women have their cross to bear, too. It may be legal for us, but a great many of us must keep in the background, behind closed doors, because we were not lucky enough to realise we were gay. It’s not only single people who are gay, there’s thousands of us. married with families, and remember there are still a great many who are still in the dark concerning gay magazines, papers, etc. Another way must soon be found if we are to bring a ray of light into these lives.

So, if there is any reader living in the Cardiff area, who would be interested in coming along to a coffee evening, to meet others to talk, relax, or any reader anywhere who would like to write to me, there will always be a friendly ear, and a reply.

Please write to Mrs. D. Higuera, 2 Haldane Court, Lansbury Park, Caerphilly, Glam, South Wales.

D. Higuera (Mrs)

Strange Customs

Dear Collective,

Until I read the letter from HRA of London in GN9 referring to the reply he received to an ad published in a previous issue, I had no idea that it was possible to obtain such material for less than the exorbitant sums charged in the back rooms of Soho bookshops.

I immediately despatched postal orders in many directions to see whether any of them solicited a similar reply. Unfortunately, my letter to Lux Publications in Amsterdam solicited only a note from HM Customs and Excise informing me that I had contravened the Exchange Control Act of 1947 and that my postal order had been seized. This was not what I had been expecting, nor could it be described as an acceptable substitute. I was, therefore, dismayed. And not a little curious to know how they knew there was a PO in the letter. Would it be cynical to suggest that perhaps they have a list of continental magazine publishers (and, by extension, a record of those who write to them?)

If any other readers have had a similar problem, they might like to know that the solution (at least to the financial aspect) is an International Money Order, which, unfortunately, costs 40p as opposed to 2½p for a postal order. The extra expense, however, would safeguard against the interception of mail on grounds of Exchange Control infringement — ie they’d have to find another reason if they really wanted to stop a letter. It would also avoid the disquieting situation of knowing one’s private correspondence is filed in HM vaults (under G for you-know-wot, perhaps).

Incidentally, if someone at HMC&E has been compiling a little list, if he cares to return my postal order I’d gladly send him a photo to file with my name and address.


Ad To Your Pleasure

Dear Sir,

May I thank you so much for such quick replies to my advert in GN9. I have now replied to all concerned, but feel that if it had not been for you, I don’t know what I’d have done. Keep up the good work.

May God bless all gays, Graham

Illegal page

Love Knoweth No Laws*

Owing to certain pressures put upon us by the law, we hold the right to cut, change or refuse to print any personal ads sent to us. We must also warn male ‘minors’ (under 21) that you may have unpleasant legal nasties unloaded on you, and us, if you attempt to use and reply for certain reasons connected with the meeting of someone for immoral purposes, namely making love. Apart from those antiquated legalities, men and women are welcome to use these columns as they wish.

* Chaucer.

Personal Ads

REPLIES TO BOX ADS: when replying to a box ad please write the box number on the envelope, and send it to Gay News, 19 London Street, London W2 1HL. Box number replies cannot be discussed on the telephone. If you wish to send a stamp with your box. no. reply, please do not attach it to reply.

East London Gay Guy seeks Gay Friends. Box 513

Very Good Looking Young Man, early 20’s, longish hair, seeks same to cane and/or be caned by. Uninterested in old-style leather scene. Photo please. Box 515

Lesbian (40) would like to meet others Braintree, Dunmow, Bishops Stortford. Box 514

Bachelor (Midlands) 49, would like to meet correspond with similar, also for holidays and weekends, interested in music and literature. Box 512

Slim London Leather Chap, 29, with own flat, seeks similar uninhibited types. Photo for exchange and phone no. guarantees Quick reply. Box 511

Lonely Young Man, 21, wishes to meet others, 21-30, for sincere friendship. Any area. Box 437

Man, 35, wishes to meet young affectionate, not camp, working or professional male to share small house W7. Own room if required, to share interests and home expenses. Photo essential. Box 438

What about gay life in Wellingborough, Kettering and Northerns Anyone interested in getting it started for I love you all. Box 439

Active Male (38) wishes to meet younger passive friends, not effeminate. Preferably Midlands area. Box 440

Athletic Man, 33, with own pad – car, in Central London, seeks younger friends interested in jeans, sport and motoring. Photo please, ALA. Box 441 or phone 222-4686

Homosexual Male Nurse seeks a loving friend in Midland area. Photo appreciated. Box 443

John, 26, South London, seeks genuine friends, likes leather and denim NOT S/M, sense of humour, driving, pop music. Photo appreciated. Box 444

Young Racing Driver with own car seeks young friends/assistants to help weekends at race circuits, and for gay friends in Southend/Essex area. Photo please, ALA. Box 445

Reading Gay Girl – early 20’s wishes to hear from other Gay Girls. Box 446

Living TV, 24, having operation, seeks kind and understanding gay needing gentle, tender, compatent female to attend his needs. Prefer 21-35 with own London accommodation. Photo please, discretion assured. (I’m not beautiful) Toni : Box 447

Edinburgh Male, 40, car owner, own place, wants friends aged 21-40, wide and varied interests, no effeminates. Box 448

Lonely Gay Guy seeks another pref. 30-40 to share mod. s/c flat Chiswick. About £35 p.c.m. Leather/Rubber type welcome. Genuine only please, ring 995-2640

Guy, 28, tall, slim, athletic build, no kinks but becoming interested in denim and leather, wishes to contact others 25 to 30 similarly interested. Photo helps. London. Box 449

Gay Student, 29, interested camping, hill walking, travel, also in French, German, wishes to correspond with others. Write: Alan Court, Johnston Hall, College Bounds, Aberdeen.

Used Male Underwear wanted, also photos or tattoos. Box 450

Gay Male Graduate, 24, Manchester, wants to meet similar 20/30’s. Photo please. Box 451

ROBERT – Sorry I did not appear, impossible to get to London – LAD

Athletic Male 32 with strong attraction towards plump or heavy guys, wrestling fan, wishes to meet similar for friendship etc. Photo please. Box 453

Are you cheesed off with cruising and one night stands? I’m looking for something more permanent. Versatile, 34, own place, London. Please send photo. All letters answered. Box 454

“The smile on the face of the tiger”; when can I see it again? October 9th was an age ago. Robert.

W.14. Guy (24) seeks similar non-effeminate type for permanent sincere relationship. Box 455

Young Man, 23, London virgin, seeks advice on problem as when close contact is made person holds back, freezes (etc) Genuine case, genuine replies only. Box 456

EXECUTIVE, 34, TRANSFERED TO LONDON SHORTLY seeks young social contacts, any race, maybe roommate. I’m masculine, young looking & thinking & can afford a few of the nicer things in life. Sincere only. Photo helps, will be returned Let’s correspond! MAX, PO Box 26017, Los Angeles 90026, USA.

Gay Guy, 22, wants to meet boy, same age or younger. Central London area, for regular relationship. Interests football, movies, politics. Photo appreciated and returned. Box 457

Young Businessman being posted to Paris, seeks advice, as spoken French is poor. Box 519

Oxford and area. Man, early 30’s, professional so discreet, yet relaxed and even human, wants to meet men or women, same age group. Interests: Arts, kicking dead leaves about in Blenheim and ?Box 458

Somewhere Winchester/Southampton area, must be nice personalble mod youngster, seeking sincere loving companionship, gentle mature male, own flat, car etc. Please write with photo. ALA. Box 459

Young Man (27) seeks friends, 21-30 years of age, graduate pref. Box 460

Gay 36 seeks passive non-effeminate to share fully furnished flat N.London from early Dec, £6.50. Photo and full details please to Box 461

Tall, Young, Non-Effeminate Guy (27) seeks similar friends up to 28yrs. Interests include cinema, football etc. Photo essential. London and Notts. Box 462

Male (32) seeks friendship of sincere active guys around own age, or younger. No fees either way. Please write, with photo if possible. Also would like to meet Gay Girl. ALA. Box 452

Ameteur Physique Photographer willing to produce colour pictures of any younger man with good build willing to pose free – 15 pictures per session. Phone Anthony 222-4686 or Box 442

Young Skinhead with haircut, denim, boots, wants leather boys, young sportsmen to train and discipline. Photos get first reply. Box 463

Professional Guy/PT male model, 24, married, still living with young son and sympathetic understanding wife, wishes to meet other young married men in same/similar circumstances. Photo appreciated – returnable. Box 464

Shy, Gentle, Hirsute Male 24, very lonely, seeks friends under 25 in Manchester area. Box 465

Non British Male, 26, Tall, slim, dark, curly hair, brown eyed, masculine type, speaks French, English, Hebrew, seeks genuine relationship. ALA. Box 435

Attractive, Dark (29) discreet professional, seeks non-effeminate active friends for honest, sincere friendship. Photo returnable with mine. ALA Box 466

Jersey. Gay bachelor, young 51, wishes to meet sincere friends for close friendship. My interests include leather, rubber and denim. Own car. No effeminates please. Box 467

Live In The U.S.A. ! Executive, 35. masculine, needs companion-assistant. Under 30, slim, presentable. Race education & social background unimportant if sincere, adaptable, reliable, warm. Some world-wide travel involved. Modest pay and all found. Interview London before Xmas. Send full personal info and photo (returnable) in confidence, airmail to: Boxholder, P.O.Box 20621, Los Angeles 90006, USA.

Incurably romantic Bachelor. Passive disposition, aged 48, seeks, lively male partner. Box 468

Anybody interested in being looked after by attractive, well dressed, gay boy (23) slim, 6ft 2in, trained in hotel work, good cook, also would like to do some model work, prefers older partner, London area. ALA. Box 469

Male, under 30 ?Feel in need of correction ? I am young, good-looking with canes and a strong right arm. Box 470

Gay Man financially sound, living in country (flat in London) would like to meet Gay Young, nice looking man for true friendship. Please write (with photo) Only if you are Genuine, Sincerely Prefer company of kind, generous, helpful, understanding, sincere affectionate Man Of 42. All letters answered. Box 472

French or German ?Gay English (male) student wishes to meet you for friendship and mutual help with languages. Fun loving out sincere advert. Photo appreciated. London. Box 473

Male Student (20’s) would like to meet similar age group who enjoy good company and are fun to be with. Photo appreciated if possible. Bayswater. Rox 474

Tall, acitve, 30’s, would like to hear from noneffeminate guy in early 20’s interested in music, theatre, travel. London area, photo appreciated. ALA. Box 475

Michael, 25, non-camp seeks London friends 21-28. Prefers well-built masculine guys. Turned on by Greeks, Italians etc. Needs and offers lots of love. Photo appreciated. Box 476

Shy and Lonely Passive Gay Guy, 36, good-looking, clean, wishes to meet mature men of interest for friendship. Own home, and car, non-effeminate Please send photo, (returnable with mine also my phone no.) Not older than 40. ALA. Box 477

Dublin. Male, 38, sincere, discreet, seeks companion with own pad. Box 478

Bisexual, 23, seeks friends, male and female, to share wide range of interests. Studied drama at university, now training as social worker. Write Tony Trackman, 127 Queens Road, London SW19, or Tel: 542 3106.

Drag is a drag (is a drag is a drag). Who will kick the system ?There must be SOMEONE, SOMEWHERE who is into the implications of it all. Pubs are where the people are. Is there no-one in GLF, CHE, Equity, VAF, etc. anywhere, who will use drag as a political weapon ?(Marc Flemyng we salute you but you play for cheap laughs not for revolution). Talent is essential but education and intelligence are just as important. I will manage and produce you. Let’s sock it to them. baby. (BONUS – if you’re GORGEOUS I will r.m you). Beulah, 01-603 3646

Professional female, 49, own home in Surrey, enjoys bridge, fond of animals, seeks loving lasting relationship with another women. Box 479

Attractive 6′ guy (22) ex-rent, student (Genet 11 hardly) based London/Cambridge, seeks friends under 30 with noble soul in noble body. Box 480

Bachelor (42) Lancashire seeks younger, slim, not effeminate man and can offer Friday night accommodation. Box 481

Young Man, 21, slim, not effeminate, seeks similar for lasting relationship. Photo please. Box 516

Lonely, like me, this Christmas ? Genuine guy, early 20’s, wants to share holiday with student/young fella. Have own luxury flat, London. No camp please – photo with mine – thanks. Box 517

Northampton – good looking long haired youth, wishes to meet nice guys. Photo’s if possible. Northants/Anywhere. Box 518

Gay passive, gentle disposition, clean, healthy, discreet, wishing to extend limited practising experience seeks active over 30 of similar nature. Box 482
Would the person who placed the above ad, please I get in touch with us at Gay News as soon as possible. Thanks a lot.

Executive, 32, just moved to Peckham seeks local friends all nationalities. Own house and car. Also wants penfriends, any country. Box 483

Railwayman, 32. seeks similar for weekends and Bank Holiday trips by rail to Amsterdam and other Gay Continental places. Box 485

Good Looking Slim 6ft 26 year old wants to be pillion to bile owning leather/denim guy. Interested in long trips and all outdoor sports. Photo if possible. Box 486

Gay Girl (19) with little experience! needs a helping hand, with a girl attached to it, for friendship and outings. Box 487

Professional Man (Life begins at 40!) would like to share modern house with young male who likes comfort – and freedom. Own room – use of car. Write with photo. Box 488. Tulse Hill, SW2.

Gay Night Worker (Printer) 28, own large flat Enfield, seeks similar, view to sharing costs 50-50 basis. Box 489

Will the boy in the yellow sweater and jeans who sat next to me on the 12.40 to Tunbridge Wells on Guy Fawkes Day please write to me. I had a black poloneck and green cords and was reading the Sunday Mirror. Box 520

London Man, 24, not beautiful, experienced or sophisticated. God, I sound bad on paper! But I need someone. Photo please if you can. Box 521

Italian speaking Londoner (28) wishes to meet Italians for conversation and friendship. Box 522

Insecure Guy aged 26 seeks affectionate mate. Intelligence and sincerity more important than looks or physique. Box 490

Cornwall. Young 40 wishes to meet other males 21-40. Keen water sports, wide interests. Box 491

Highly sexed active bachelor seeks slim young passive friends up to 26 for mutual pleasure, love and companionship. Photo please (returnable) Hospitality offered. Box 492

Good looking boy, bored with lonely life, is looking for sincere, pretty youngster with whom he could spend time. Box 493

Young 40, seeks sincere normal looking 21-30 to share house with view to starting own business, permanent sincere relationship offered and expected. London area. Box 494

24 year-old Aquarian wishes to meet a Starman but needs a rocket to blast him into orbit. Offers please to Box 49b

Young Guy, Brighton based, own car, seeks good-looking, Cassidy-like bloke of means for “companionship and all that jazz”. Photo rather necessary. Box 496

Bachelor (50) passive, own home, central South Coast, seeks active companions of same age group. Box 497

Gay Friend, aged up to 28 Leeds wanted, not effeminate, clean shaven, for single gay with own house. Photo please. All Answers Replied. Box 498

Male, 32, gay, slim, good appearance, spontaneous, warm hearted, cultured, seeks similar (London, Surrey, Middlesex area). Interests: music, sailing and sport. I promise to answer any replies by return. I have my own flat. Box 499

Executive, 44, personable, active but inhibited, nothing to brag about, tastes literary, domestic, needs intelligent, understanding, completely faithful, resident partner in steady work. Detached house, dull suburb ½ hour tube to Oxford Circus. Reasonable, share expenses, negotiable. No orgies, no oncers etc. Good home for right person. Box 500.


Gay Guy 26 (Israeli) seeks accommodation in London. Like to share with Guy(s), any age. Box 435

Gay Girl, Professional, would like share flat in SE London with 2,3, 4 others. Contact Terry King, 2 St.German’s Place. London SE3.

Guy 27, seeks flat share with genuine gay guy, not effeminate, 22-30, N.London. Phone No. if possible. Box 510

Brighton young gay couple (male) seeks to rent/share furnished/unfurnished flat/house urgently. Phone evenings BTN 772681.

Double Pad (Also Bedsitter £4) West London Box 509

Peaceful gay freak needs room in shared house or flat. Up to £6 rent p.w. Phone Dick at 435-7726.

Gay News Newsman urgently seeks room in shared house/flat. About £6 per week. Must be on telephone in inner/West London. Call Peter on 01 402 7805

Man 23 seeks share in nice flat towards Central London. Box 503

Part House, Crumpsall , Manchester. Lease available for single person; reference. Double bedroom, single bedroom, living room, bathroom/toliet, kitchen. £10.50 per week. Phone 061-737 8406 before 9.00 am.

OFFICES. Gay News needs offices now. They’ve got to be central, and they’ve got to be cheap. Two rooms, with a phone installed, preferably West End. Contact Gay News at 01-402 7805 or write to: 19 London Street, London W2 1HL.


House-Owner, 33, Peckham, seeks helper for a few hours each week to clean, paint and maintain house. Good Pay. Possibly live in after Xmas – own room – low rent. Box 484

Retired Headmaster teaches Latin, English, Maths. Own flat. Moderate Fees. Box 471

Young Man, ex-drama school etc., available from December. Offers/details to Edward, 243 Main Road, Sidcup, Kent. Letters Only.

Actor/Dancer (24) resting and penniless urgently requires part time work. Anything legal considered. Ring Michael at 452-6665

Intelligent, attractive continental male, 22, desperately needs money. Evenings and weekends, anything legal considered. Box 508

Young Asian, recently from Kenya, seeks employment, has good commercial background. Will consider anything reasonable. Box 507

Gay Sound Engineer (22) looking for employment in a studio or theatre in the London area. Have own sound equipment and car. Box 506

Young Man, 23, graduate, versatile, seeks employment, anything legal considered. Box 504

Handyman over 21 wanted for large country house in Sussex. Live in. Sense of humour essential Box 505
Would the person who placed the above ad please contact Gay News as soon as possible. Thank you.


In London visit “Los Chicos”, 312 Old Brompton Road. Earl’s Court, for a Gay evening. Weekdays 10-2 . Weekends 10-3.


House Purchase. Anyone living London area interested in joint house purchase (or co-ownership scheme) please write Box 501

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Your Letters

Please note that any letters received by us at Gay News
unless you state otherwise.

Not All Cock-Happy


Dear Gay News,

Philip’s letter (GN8) on those bloody mincing unwashed queens greatly cheered me.

These people seem to delight in offending people generally and do nothing but harm to the homosexual cause.

It has been largely due to these gyrating freaks that we have so long been regarded as peculiar in every way.

I, like Philip, am gay and proud of it, but for the greater part of every day, live what I regard as a normal existence.

My main objection to the so-called liberation groups is that they seem to be obsessed with the sexual side of life and create the public image that we are all sexual perverts.

Their time would be better spent, and our cause better served, if they’d stop flaunting their ‘differences’ and merge with society generally like other minorities such as redheads, lefthanders and the Lord Longfords of this world.

I would be glad to hear from other like-thinking ‘friends’ to see if there is anything we can do to redress the balance and bring reasoned pressure to bear on the powers that be to let us live the lives we have a right to.

Let’s set up a force that will show people we are not all exhibitionists or cock-happy.

J. B. Marr
6 Stanhope Avenue
Finchley N3 3LX

Lurking in Public


Dear Gay News,

It may interest your readers to know that the following is happening in this borough.

In a certain public convenience a ‘member of the general public’ is to be found, apparently waiting his turn to go into the cubicle. At the first sign of anything even remotely sexual, he becomes abusive and nips upstairs to fetch a waiting constable.

At this point the culprit (or victim, depending on one’s point of view) is ‘invited’ into the nearest police station. Depending on whether the culprit is a big fish or a little fish he is now subjected to ‘heavy patronage’ before being allowed to go free, or hauled before the magistrates court and charged with insulting behaviour to a member of the general public.

The prosecuting officer makes no attempt to put this ‘member of the general public’ on view in the court.

So my friends, beware of that lurking ‘member of the general public’ is the moral of this letter.

It appears we are still the most persecuted minority in this country.


Screaming Queens

London EC13

Dear Gay News,

This is just to tell Phillip (GN8) how much I sympathise with him about the screaming queens giving a totally false picture of gays in general. There is, in fact, all the difference in the world between them and us, since they want men because they fantasise themselves as women, and are thus pseudo-heterosexuals, while a true homosexual wants his or her own sex because that’s the way he/she is, and a good way it is to be, too.

Surely CHE is the organisation he is looking for: if he finds it a bit too sedate, he could liven it up. It is dedicated to the acceptance of homos into society, and he sounds just the sort of person it needs.

Michael Harth

Personal Ads Discrimination

Dear Gay News,

Replying to your invitation to comment on letters about the small ads (Gay News No 7) of course there is something wrong with stating a preference for a “hairy homo Hindu”. It would be racialist and discriminatory.

But it would be inconsistent to refuse to print it, because, as your correspondent points out, most of the ads are equally discriminatory. On the other hand it is certainly expedient to refuse ads that are clearly a front for prostitution and expediency justifies the refusal.

Almost all the discrimination expressed by advertisers is irrational, especially when relating to physical qualities. It is a platitude that race and colour are irrelevant to a person’s character, and they are equally neutral in regard to beauty.

Preference for an oriental, for instance, would only make sense if the person concerned was indoctrinated with the Thoughts of Mao tse-Tung, thus affecting his or her outlook on life. People cannot be judged by whether their credentials match up to advertised criteria which merely limit the field. But the small ads are as entertaining as the editorial pages, and at least one, from John Hiscock, is puzzlingly obscure. Is it just a vague (and costly) expression of goodwill to all readers7


Gay Ads Vanish


Dear Gay News.

As a regular reader of the musical weekly ‘Melody Maker’ I noticed over the past year an increasing amount of gay ads appearing in the personal column. One could find at least a dozen ads in each edition then suddenly — no gay ads at all!

Obviously pressure has been brought to bear — but from where? Was it internal or external and why?

As the Melody Maker has a circulation of several hundred thousand, mostly young people, I think it vital that the matter is investigated.

A. Dickenson

Success Makes Enemies??

Campaign for Homosexual Equality,
Manchester Student Group,
c/o The Treasurer,
81 Egerton Rd.,
Manchester 14.

Dear Gay News,

I suppose CHE has been too successful not to have made some enemies. It seems from the misleading propaganda in issue 8 that Gay News wants to be one of them.

Peter Kelsey states that CHE members must be over 21. This is untrue. I joined at 20, and am treasurer of one of CHE’s groups for students and young people which play a big part in the organisation. Why did your editorial comment not correct this?

In Doug Pollard’s snide review of CHE’s Radio London programme he declares that marriage can’t work for anyone. This is dictatorial. People, gay or het, should be free to try stable relationships if they want to.

Denis Lemon states that CHE ‘is very much against cottaging’. Yet on the same page is an article by Bernard Greaves, member of CHE’s Executive Committee, about his Campaign against police harassment of cottagers. CHE has also issued a card advising people on their rights if arrested while cottaging.

Lemon also complains that the CHE national office did not supply information about gay rendezvous in Norwich to a telephone enquirer. If he had bothered to find out CHE’s version of the incident he would have found that such information is just not kept in the office. The enquirer could easily have joined CHE’s local group there if he had really wanted to.

Despite its length, I hope you will print this letter to set the record straight and to show that you are not hopelessly biased.

best wishes,

R. J Elbert

ED: As Gay News does not pretend to be the organ of any movement or party, its columns are open to anyone who wants to write for it (including you,R. J. Elbert).

So the opinions expressed in articles, which we do our best to check out, are those of the people whose name appears in the by-line on that article. If you think there is any anti-CHE bias in Gay News we’d like to point out that the Campaign for Homosexual Equality cannot even be bothered to send us a copy of its regular bulletin. Also, you seem to be under the illusion that we are biased against your organisation, in the same way that some members of the Gay Liberation Front tell us that we are towards their movement.

We remain the only unaligned gay information paper in Britain. And CHE, like everyone else, is welcome to use our columns.

Our Failure?

Dear Friends,

…I think Gay News is the best paper on the market at the moment, it’s straight to the point. Only one complaint though – there isn’t enough in it about Lesbians, or if you would prefer female gays.

Love, peace, freedom,
and happiness to all gays.


ED: We know that this is our outstanding failure so far, but sisters, we need your help if this situation is to change.

The Other Ads

Mountain Ash,

Dear Gay News,

I am very glad to see we at last have a newspaper of our own, not just another pin-up mag. I appeal to all gays and liberal minded people to support it in any way they can, by advertising, not just personal ads. By using it to Buy / Sell. Houses / Flats / cars / any new or secondhand goods, and by using the employment section. Also by recommending it, and by giving it to all your gay friends.

Roger E Hawkins

Your Letters continued on page 6.