EDINBURGH: The Edinburgh University Senatus has now voted to recognise the Teach-In on Homosexuality on March 8th as an official University event, and referred the question of financial support back to the Principal and Deans’ Committee, which previously rejected a request for assistance, has had to have second thoughts and has coughed up £50 of University money for the event. A cheerful Mike Coulson, one of the organisers of the Teach-In, said it had been a small but significant victory for working within the system – and in retrospect an enjoyable exercise in beating the establishment at its own game.
The first was a renewed campaign for gay rights launched at new students at the university when the Scottish Minorities Group handed out leaflets at the university’s Fresher’s Fair. There were two leaflets given away, one aimed at gays, the other at non-gays.
At the fresher’s fair the student societies were asked to sign a petition calling upon the Government to “enact legislation abolishing the present legal sanctions against homosexuals in Scotland.”
Among those who refused to sign were the Trampoline Society, the Socialist Action Group and the editor of Student, the student’s newspaper.
The chairman of the city’s SMG branch, Michael Coulson, told Gay News that he was pleased with the reception the leafleting had met. At Edinburgh University GaySoc may be formed.
Michael Coulson, who works in the university’s Department of Sanskrit is one of the two gays running a teach-in on homosexuality at Edinburgh University in March.
Dr Coulson and the student, who to the horror of the Glasgow Herald “both profess to be practising homosexuals”, told the paper that he hoped that a large proportion of the audience at the officially-sponsored teach-in will be heterosexuals.
He said that of the estimated 500 gay students at Edinburgh only a smallish number are in contact with SMG.
SMG has already been informing the students here of what it’s like to be gay, It held an open students meeting, where the university’s consultant psychiatrist talked about his work with particular reference to homosexuality.