Editorial

03-197207XX-02This, the third issue of Gay News, will be coming to you after we of the paper’s collective have been to the House of Commons to talk with members of Parliament who are sympathetic to and interested in the paper you are holding. The M.P.’s we are to meet, like many other valued members of society, have been outraged by the recent House of Lords decision that still allows it to be a criminal offence to ‘conspire’ to help relieve peoples isolation and loneliness. And so what if some of the people who use the personal column of this paper are only interested in a bit of fun or a form of excitement. Why should it be illegal for people to indulge in their fantasy’s and possibly contact someone they might not have otherwise met; with whom they might have an extremely rewarding sexual union., and maybe more.

                  THE EDINBURGH BOOKSHOP
                  57 George Street
                  Edinburgh 2
       27th June 1972.
Gay News Ltd.
19 London Street,
LONDON W.2 1HL.

Dear Sirs,

    We have received 25 copies of the first issue of your publication Gay News, although we did not order these.

    We have no intention whatever of displaying or selling this publication here, and if you cannot arrange to collect these copies from us, they will be dumped with other refuse in ten days's time.

        Yours faithfully,
    THE EDINBURGH BOOKSHOP LTD.

          A.L. RUSSELL.
            Director.

We apologise for continually referring, in Gay News’ pages, to this somewhat ‘queer’ legal situation, but whilst the threat of possible prosecution (because of the perpetuating of these archaic laws) hangs over this papers existence, we would like to remind you of the possible consequences of our actions and keep you informed of any further developments. In issue No. 4 we will tell you of the outcome of our visit to Our seat of Parliament. For now, keep the ads coming. We will print them.

The feedback from you, the papers readers, has so far been favourable. You seem to have been interested and amused by its contents. A particularly popular feature so far has proved to be The Biograph Reviews, although not to all, who accuse us of encouraging gays to perpetuate parts of gay life which seemingly aren’t acceptable to heterosexuals. Gay News and Grinspoon wish neither to encourage or discourage, just to inform in the manner that seems fitting. Another popular regular is the Het of the Month spot. Although we seem to be having quite a run of Hets; in the future we shall be featuring a few notable and ‘infamous’ Gays that hopefully are known and loved by many of you.

One criticism. which was shared by many of you was that issue No. 2 was slanted too much in one direction. This sometimes seems as if it will be inevitable, although we shall constantly strive to keep a fair balance on the news, features etc. that will go into each edition. Please carry on letting us have your reactions to Gay News, no matter how trivial they may seem to you, or how heavily critical they may be of us. Gay News, if it is truely to be your paper needs these reactions, as it does your news, articles and information.

                  W.H. SMITH & SON LTD.
                  Strand House, Portugal Street
                  London WC2A 2HS

D. Pollard, Esq.             24th June, 1972.
Gay News Ltd.
19, London Street,
LONDON W.2.

Dear Mr Pollard,

    Thank you for your letter of 23rd June enclosing a copy of your projected fortnightly newspaper GAY NEWS.

    I am afraid that I cannot feel that this publication would be a commercial proposition so far as W.H. Smith are concerned. As I am sure you will appreciate, one of our biggest problems is lack of display space and it is essential that such space as is available is given to titles which, in our opinion, will sell and sell quickly and, quite frankly, I do not think that GAY NEWS comes into this category.

    I must, therefore, refuse your offer of supplies for W.H. Smith and thank you for giving us the opportunity.

         Yours sincerely,

         H.A. Baron
         News Buyer & Administrative Manager
         News & Book Sales Department.

Some people may have found that this issue has taken slightly longer to reach them than will be usual. This is because we have been devoting a lot of time to expanding the outlets for Gay News. As you will see from the reproduced letter from W.H. Smith’s we have been having difficulty in finding a major distributor. Menzies, to date, have not even bothered to reply to the letter sent to them some time ago, asking them if they would be interested in making the paper more freely available. We take it that then answer is no too. I suppose we always knew that this would be the situation. So we have undertaken to distribute the paper ourselves as widely as possible. With your continued help, and the people who are at present stocking or finding new outlets, you should soon find it an easier task to find this newspaper. From this issue onwards we shall print a list of the outlets for Gay News both in and out of London. And to those of you who buy your copy in a gay pub that is friendly to us we will continue to interupt your conversations, drinking and general socialising, although not rudely we hope. Those of us who are selling Gay News in this way wish to thank you for your patience, understanding and encouragement.

Lastly, if there are any aspiring but good drag artists, who would possibly he attracted to turning a West London pub onto drag, could they please get in touch with the Gay Creations Department of Gay News. It would he helpful if you had your own amplifier and other necessary hits and pieces. We look forward to hearing from you, as we do from All of you.