Many thanks for your letter of 2nd June sorry for the delay in writing but one or two points that you have wanted have had to be obtained from other persons so it’s taken this bit of time to obtain it.
Let’s take it point by point – firstly, what’s it like to be gay in Norfolk. By comparisons with London no pressures exist – this I feel is the season for the exodus of gays from London to Norfolk. We’re having a lot of them lately, some just for the summer others coming permanently. It’s an interesting study to note how they change after a few weeks, more tranquil, less militant. The most surprising thing to them is if they want to shock for any reason at all it doesn’t have effect. Local folk are just not shockable – we’ve got good examples of this to quote.
Police harrasment – none recorded and none known of; this has been verified by cruisers and not heresay. The only possible connection is two uniformed ones who stand by one con in the centre of town but these are there for other reasons as well – not specific harrasment. This was covered some time ago when a blow-up occurred in Cambridge and it was suggested (probably to strengthen the Cambridge case) that it was happening in Norwich as well, but when it was checked with the people it would have affected none was reported.
Samaritan connections very good (well, we think so) one CHE member and one GLF member on the staff. Besides the Sams we have another advertised system called (for want of a better word) Gemini. Anyone can ring the number. Differences between CHE and GLF an explained meeting dates etc., the choice is then left to the person concerned.
VD clinics – nothing out of the ordinary reported from people who had used them. Doctors – only two who are reasonable which is poor considering the amount of registered GPs in the area.
Pubs and clubs – again only two, the club is the Jacquard, Magdalene Street, and the pub is Studio 4 behind Anglia Television. At the latter parties are held above the pub at intervals which attract about 150 approx. from an area covering Colchester Cambridge and Peterborough.
We have no local campaigns except connections with national ones – this is due to the fact that GLF and CHE have only just come into being in the last six months.
Well, that’s a little info. Hope I can visit you some day when I’m in town – if the office is not open all the time is there another contact I can make?
19 Braydeston Crescent
NOR 86 Z