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Abdication of Responsibility

Cheltenham

Dear Collective,

Those of us who can’t really afford a donation can perhaps best answer your appeal for funds by renewing their subscriptions in advance of its due date (as I do herewith). Your proposed republication of The Queen’s Vernacular has given me renewed confidence and interest in you. I was beginning to have my doubts! It has struck me recently that you were failing to live up to your title or your raison d’etre, even in provincial solitude I was aware of items of gay news which I’d have expected you to comment on. May I give you an example?

One of the Sundays recently reported a rumour that the government has relaxed the stringent regulations against sexual deviancy amongst members of the security services. If true, this is an extremely important advance in the campaign that you are supposed to be waging, and one that will make an immense difference to the welfare of a great many people. I’d have expected you to be on to this like a shot, to use every effort to get it confirmed or denied, and to have published at once the result of your investigations.

I myself worked for some years in one of the government organisations to which these regulations apply. Over the years I watched people I knew or felt to be homosexual gradually dwindle into hypocritical tomb-faced prigs, through their willing subservience to a code of behaviour which their own natures recognised as unjust. One of them, after many years of unhappy solitude, finally met and set up house with a well-known local actor. Very shortly afterwards he was dismissed at a day’s notice: after some fifteen years of service, he was stood down on full pay and subsequently transferred to the Post Office. It was all right you see, for him to restrict himself to furtive and unsatisfactory pleasures; he only became a threat to national security when he had the courage to make his homosexuality overt by establishing a happy, loving and stable relationship with another man. He had a nice sense of irony, so no doubt he appreciated to the full the hypocrisy of his treatment

Well, now you know the sort of personal implications that these regulations have hitherto entailed, and why any relaxation of them would be of great interest. For one thing, it would make nonsense of your editorial in No 15: it would imply that public opinion no longer regards homosexuality as something culpable, so that nobody would have reason to prefer blackmail to the threat of disclosure, and that the government has at last acknowledged this improvement in public attitudes.

So to sit back and moan that ‘to us it seems that nothing has changed since 1916’, seems rather an abdication of your responsibilities as ‘Europe’s Biggest, etc. Newspaper’! You are merely fortifying the ghetto mentality that you profess to deplore.

David Blount

ED: Sure, Pendennis in The Observer ran the story on January 20. But then, so did Gay News in Issue 14 – under the headline Equality for Gay Cops – and that appeared a full fortnight before Pendennis ran his story.

Don’t Be Shy

67 Vere Road,
Brighton

Dear Friends,

Glad to see libraries being mentioned in Gay News. I was intending to wait and hear other views before writing, but a few points have arisen in letters from Stuart Woollard and Geoffrey Leight in GN16.

LIBRARIANS FOR SOCIAL CHANGE is a magazine for radical librarians which I started at the end of last year, around which is forming a group of like minded people interested in information and library work. Stuart Woollard is very welcome to start a gay group within LFSC, alongside the other area and “subject” groups being formed.

I’m involved in the coming together of the alternative library in several ways. Firstly, I’m looking after the library of the UNDERGROUND PRESS SYNDICATE (Europe). Secondly I’m involved in the project of microfilm alternative publications, which is being undertaken by the Harvester Press of Brighton. LFSC is not actually involved in the microfilming, though I and several other members are working on assembling back issues for filming and indexing (would anyone like to index GAY NEWS and the other gay papers?)

I’m working on the second issue of LFSC at the moment, and will be including a round up of views on gay papers and books in libraries. Public libraries (and university and college libraries for that matter), will only stock papers such as Gay News if enough people ask for them. Don’t be shy, libraries are there to serve you, not to dictate your reading habits. Nuff said…?

John Noyce
Editor, LIBRARIANS FOR SOCIAL CHANGE

Here to Stay

Manchester

Dear Gay News,

No greater tribute could be paid to Gay News than the increasingly prevalent practice of other gay publications to reprint the information on the gay scene given in your pages. Where they copy you, they are fine. Where they don’t, they produce an array of misinformation, ancient history and unintentional comedy.

No names; it would be cruel. One of them recently gave CHE’s national address as a British Monomark box number, although the Kennedy Street office has been running for nearly two years. Another listed the Club 43 in Manchester as still operative, even though it was closed in September 1970 under the amazingly stupid Manchester bylaw of 1896 which was held to preclude male dancing. The same magazine listed as gay a variety of other non-existent streets and misnamed establishments, in some of which the dominance of heterosexuality is truly frightening. And quite stifling.

Has Gay News anything to fear from its rivals? Don’t be funny. The glossy magazines may print a few more photographs of bare bums and tired organs and congratulate the legal authorities rather more often than Gay News is prone to do (a curious contradiction). But, as the best thing ever to happen to the homophile movement in Britain, Gay News is here to stay. It MUST.

Barrie A. Kenyon

Desperate To Share

Cardiff

Dear Friends.

I am a former patient from Broadmoor and I am gay. Since leaving there I have been hard pressed to lead a happy life, because of being in Broadmoor very few people want to take me seriously. I travel around a lot and find things to occupy myself. I desperately need to find someone who would come and share my life with me. I am very lonely all the time and am always afraid that I could get desperate or bitter and do something rash or silly.

I know I do not deserve any special attention and if you ignore me I shall not mind too much, for this has become my chief problem. I would like to meet someone who is understanding and willing to be loved in my own fashion, who is kind, but not in the wrong way. I enjoy so many good things, but find I have no-one to share them with. I have been into a lot of strange scenes and lean towards adventurous gay things. I do so because I need things to occupy my mind, to keep my senses alert and I love exploring and finding things out.

… I do not know what response my letter will bring for I have no private fortune, only a modest income and so many hopes for a future that sometimes seems impossibly remote. I am sorry to have troubled you with my cares, as though I were the only troubled gay person in the world, but I have no friends and too many acquaintances. If you can, will you help me? Merely writing to you has been something.

G G

ED: We’ll forward any letters to G G.

Judged By My Peers

London SW8

Dear Gay News,

It is interesting to see that the old problem is being discussed again: I mean the rights and wrongs of sex-without-love versus sex-with-love. But surely there is no ‘versus’ about it. These things are not opposed to each other; they are the extremes of the same pendulum.

So for example you start by feeling sick with boredom, because your life has no sex in it. So you pick up a chap in the street and have sex. Afterwards you think ‘How awful; never again’. So you swing to the other extreme of the pendulum and you fall in love with another chap and you think, ‘How marvellous’, and then you discover that he wants to love you without sex. And you still think ‘How marvellous’, until you discover that he’s having sex with someone else. So you cry your eyes out, against the wall, because your heart’s broken. And you have a nervous breakdown. And then you recover. And then you start feeling sick with boredom because your life has no sex in it. So you pick up a chap in the street…

And if a policeman walks by, and says, all sardonic. ‘Hullo, hullo, hullo, and may I ask how long this has been going on?’ you can say, politely, ‘you may well ask, officer. It’s been going on for about 7,000 years. Ever since urban civilisation began.’

During these 7,000 years, have any changes taken place? Really the big change has taken place quite recently. The change is that we don’t feel guilty any more. If somebody breaks your heart, you have to bear the pain. But at least you don’t have to bear the pain of guilt as well.

Today, as a matter of fact, the guilt lies on the other side. The guilt lies with Lord Longford and Lord Hailsham and people like that.

How fortunate for you, my lords, that God does not exist. Because, if he existed, do you know what would happen? He would call you up on Judgement Day. He would say to you. ‘Come here Lord Longford. Come her Lord Hailsham. I was hungry and you fed me not. I was thirsty and you gave me not to drink. I was in prison arid you visited me not. I was homosexual and I loved you, and you called my love ‘vice’. Depart from me ye cursed, into the lake of eternal fire, which has been prepared for you from the beginning of the world…”

Terrible words, my lords. Think them over when you go to pray. And while you are at your prayers, ask God to give you the grace to realise that there is more virtue in a decent homosexual boy’s finger than God can find in your Christian pretensions. More virtue, more courage, more humility, more generosity and more gentleness and more ordinary common-or-garden human love.

Where is vice? Where is viciousness? Who are your murderers? Heterosexuals. Who are your rapists? Heterosexuals. Who are your Hell’s Angels and your muggers? Heterosexuals. Who are your robbers, your bank raiders, your men of violence, aggression and hatred? Heterosexuals all. And the only thing you can do is raise your sanctimonious eyes to heaven and talk about homosexual ‘vice’.

Why? Can it be because, in your warped opinions, no crime is so great as the ‘crime’ of homosexual love?

True viciousness is formed among heterosexuals. Homosexuals, on the whole, are a gentler, sweeter sort. That is the truth my lords. And at the bottom of your cold hearts you know it.

Dai Grove

Strength to Strength

London W6

Dear Gay News.

I’ve been reading Gay News for a few months now and it goes from strength to strength. It’s a pleasure to see each new issue coming out. knowing there’s going to be over an hour’s good reading. I am especially interested in your reports of continental gay activists, especially as we’re in the Common Market!

Could you have a regular column every week. I believe our French friends are having a far from easy time at the moment. Let’s have more contributions from your readers. You could throw some light on the provincial scene; what it’s like being gay in the Scilly Isles for example! Also the situation in Shepherds Bush, Chelsea etc, and what’s happening in Brixton vis a vis our black brothers. We all read how terrible the percentage of young blacks leaving school is. How is a black gay treated by his school mates etc?

Gay News: Let’s see more and more articles from people of all political shades. Let’s see your circulation mount and mount. Let’s hope you can keep your gay ads, because all in all Gay News is rapidly becoming indispensable.

Philip Van Grondelle

ED: Get writing folks.

Honestly Gay

London NW11

Dear Gay News,

The Fellowship of Christ the Liberator (issue 16) may be good for some gay Christians, but it would be far better if they were active members of community churches — not hiding their sexual identity, not being blatantly “chip on the shoulder” but just being honestly gay.

Most priests and ministers welcome the gay, as well as the straight into their churches. If you find one who does not, move on. There are plenty more. By integrating and educating it will be seen by other church goers that gays are good.

Dudley


Spinning Wheel Mead
Harlow  Essex

Dear Gay News,

Congratulations on Your wonderful paper. I especially like the cover picture. Please let’s have more ‘get together’ pictures.

Is there any chance of becoming larger or even a weekly in the future?

Love, Fortune and Success to you all,

Alan Stoner

CHE Defies Morecambe – At A Cost

Preparations for the Campaign for Homosexual Equality’s first annual conference are now well underway. And it promoses to be a genuinely exciting and stimulating weekend. For one thing, it has been extremely well and thoroughly thought out — people started working on it more than six months ago. There will be the usual conference platforms — discussion of major papers (already available), talk-ins, brains trusts and, for the evenings, a heady social programme.

The background to the conference exposes a by-now familiar story of petty hypocrisy and back tracking. This time by Morecambe Corporation. Naturally, CHE half-expected a few rejection slips when letters were written to the well-known conference towns. But Morecambe made it clear that it was willing to have the conference there. “Should you decide to visit our resort you may be assured of our every assistance to make your conference a success”, said a letter to CHE last April. And in July the feeling was still good. “I am sure we can be helpful to you to make your conference a success, as we have the necessary facilities here,” gushed the Corporation.

But then, by September, the climate had changed. Suddenly CHE would not be welcome in Morecambe. The application had been rejected because “the conference would be split into small groups and we have not sufficient accommodation of this type” said the town’s Publicity Committee to the Morecambe Guardian. All this after a five-member delegation from CHE had visited the town and been shown the accommodation and conference facilities and agreed they were fine.

Curious mis-statements follow and the upshot was that CHE decided to hell with Morecambe Corporation. They would have the conference there anyway, but by negotiating directly with the owners of the pier to hire the facilities privately. Which means that CHE is footing a bill which the More-Combe Corporation would have met had any other organisation in the entire world sought the hospitality of this Lancashire seaside resort.

And so the Campaign for Homosexual Equality has been forced into a position of blatant inequality. But, instead of creeping away to find somewhere else, CHE is at least defying Morecambe Corporation – even though the gesture badly strains already heavily committed financial resources.

The conference itself will be the first truly national grassroots conference in the history of the Homophile movement. There have been other gay conferences, but small 5nes, consisting usually of authority figures who have, between them tended to decide what should be done for gays, not without experience and not without interest, but without consultation. At this conference, everyone has an equal voice.

The three main papers for discussion are: The law and the homosexual – which deals in considerable detail with this complex and often imperfectly understood area; the future of the homophile movement in Britain – which is certain to create some healthy disagreement; and a paper on gay life-style which asks a few questions that some people may find, perhaps, contentious.

Great emphasis will be placed on discussing the position of gay women regarding gay organisations – by women themselves, of course – and individual members and groups of CHE are already fielding some good motions for discussion.

The registration fee for the conference is 50p, even though the whole event will be more costly to CHE than it need be, and any members of CHE or the Scottish Minorities Group can attend. It is hoped that as many people as possible will make a special effort to go along to Morecambe. The dates are April 6-7-8.

Roger Baker, Press Officer
Campaign for Homosexual Equality

Springtime in Morecambe – it’s conference time! [Photograph: British Tourist Authority]

Come To The Cabaret

Looking and feeling not unlike the Kit Kat Club, the Rehearsal Club in Archer Street was the venue of CHE’s cabaret from February 19th to 22nd, presented in aid of “Friend”, CHE’s befriending and counselling service.

Starring Pepe Samper, Roger Baker, Gavin Clare, Cyril Weston and Howarth Penny, with Alan Leigh (Douglas Byng’s former accompanist) on the piano, the forty five minute show included an excerpt from the musical “Follies”, a sketch entitled “Doris the Goddess of Wind” (Life is just one blow through from morning to night), a song from Sandy Wilson’s Valmouth, and a sketch entitled “I Hate Men”, performed by Roger Baker. The show was directed by Marie Clifton.

Emitting a smokey, nostalgic atmosphere, the show seemed to be enjoyed.by the audience, predominantly made up of CHE members and their friends. It was indeed a very constructive effort to help raise the funds urgently required by “Friend” to carry on its work.

Split To Expand

HAMPSHIRE: The once joint Campaign for Homosexual Equality group for Southampton and Bournemouth has expanded into two separate groups. They are now operating independently from each other.

Thee Bournemouth group meets monthly in Bournemouth. The Southampton group was formed a couple of months ago and now meets every Monday in Central Southampton with additional meetings, coffee evenings and parties at weekends. Members are of all ages and sexes and come from Salisbury, Andover, Winchester and Fareham. Recently they have had enquiries from potential members living on the Isle of Wight.

The Southampton group plans shortly to organise a befriending service for gay people in their area, ie, a South Coast FRIEND group. They also plan to do a programme for Radio Solent. Hopefully it will be similar to the very successful programme arranged and presented by London CHE on Radio London. There is also interest in the establishment of a Southampton National Council for Civil Liberties group. On a long term basis they have further plans to establish new CHE groups for Salisbury, Winchester and the Isle of Wight.

They have asked us to let gays in both Southampton and Bournemouth know that new members for either group will be welcome. If you live in the areas mentioned and would like further details, please write to the respective Chairmen of Southampton and Bournemouth c/o CHE National Headquarters, 28 Kennedy Street. Manchester M2 4BG.

GN would like to encourage other local and provincial groups of gay organisations to keep us informed of their activities and expansions.

Cheecyletions

The annual reorganisation of CHE’s National Executive Committee happened by a democratic election using the single transferable vote system. New members on the EC are Jackie Forster, Editor of Sappho magazine and familiar blockbuster at Speakers Corner; Denis Nadin who created CHE’s churches group, and Peter Naughton, chairman of CHE’s group in Enfield.

Four members sought re-election and those successful were Allan Horsefall, chairman of CHE (who captured the majority vote); Ted Clapham, a Baptist minister and Michael Stead who has done more for CHE than any other individual. Concern has been expressed in some quarters because Bernard Greaves, of Gay Cambridge, was not re-elected. It does seem a shame that Bernard’s political acumen, personal courage and hard work have passed unrecognised by the voting membership.

For the sake of the record, the other members of the EC are: Glenys Parry, Liz Stanley, Ike Cowan, Martin Stafford, Tony Ryde (Vice-Chairman) and Peter Norman.

Information

This corner is really a long list — of pieces, people you might like to know about or one day need. We can, of course only publish the information that is sent in to us.


Southampton area: Gay men and women welcome to new group. Details from Ken Romsey 512959.

Bristol Gay Student Society – for all young people, male and female. Regular meetings, social events, guest speakers, theatre visits, awareness groups. Write to Trevor Locke, Gay Students Soc, University of Bristol Union, Queens Road, Bristol BS8 1LN for a programme of events. Tel: Bristol 35035.

Social group for homosexual men and women meeting in London – weekends in East End, mid-week in various small groups. Come and make new friends in congenial surroundings. Write for details to SK group, c/o Albany Trust, 32 Shaftesbury Ave, W1.

CHALLENGE is a social group for gay women and men over 21. We have weekly meetings at 3 London branches and would be delighted if you would join us for a drink and a chat. Please telephone any evening between 7 and 11. Dial 567 5085 and the operator will give you the number of the member of the evening. Do call us.

LESBIAN LIBERATION meets Wednesdays 8 pm at the South London Womens Liberation Centre, 14 Radnor Terrace, SW8 (near Vauxhall Tube). ALL WOMEN WELCOME. Telephone: 01-622 8495. Mon, Tues, Wed and Fri evenings only.

OXFORD GAY ACTION GROUP. Regular meetings take place on Sundays at 8pm In the Marlborough Arms’, St Thomas Street. Oxford.

GAY MARXIST GROUP now forming. Politically committed homosexuals of both sexes welcome. Details: 01-794 3368.

SAPPHO meets every first Monday in the month at Euston Tavern, corner Judd Street/Euston Road, London NW1. 7.30 pm upstairs room. All women welcome. SAPPHO 30p inc post for single copies from BCM/PETREL, LONDON WCIV 6XX.

BRIGHTON Gay Soc meets weekly. Contact Ray at Brighton 686939

GAYSOC: for homosexual men and women in any school or college of London University – undergraduate, postgraduate or staff. Social, political and campaigning activities aimed at creating better conditions for gays within the university – then the world! Write (enclosing SAE please): GAYSOC ULU, Malet Street, WC1.

Abortion, contraception, entertainment, transport, legal advice, jobs, alternative? Work, food, hitch-hiking, cheap furnishings, communications, shelter, late night services, accommodation, free services, ad infinitum… Contact: Nutshell Information Service. Phone Birmingham 772 2483, 24 hours every day (Ask for Nutshell as we share a line with St Basil’s Centre).

Homosexual Counselling and Parent’s Enquiry. You or your son. daughter, parent or friend could be homosexual and may need help and understanding. Write for appointment to FRIEND Centre Broadley Terrace, London NW1 or telephone 01-402 6345 Mondays to Fridays 7.30 to 9.30pm.

Leicester Gay Awareness Group ring Leicester 738832, ask for Clive or John.

Oxford Gay Action Group meets every Sunday at 8pm in the Marlborough, St Thomas Street. Fortnightly discos from Fri. Jan 5th at the Cape of Good Hope, The Plain, Oxford. Further info — Oxford 45301 between 7pm and 8pm.

WARWICK Gay Soc has started. Meets every Tuesday 6pm in the Coffee Bar at the University. Contact Irwin Timms, 60 Russell Terrace, Leamington Spa, or Jill Brown, H44, Rootes Hall.

READING GAY ALLIANCE regular discos and socials counselling, quiet meetings, public meetings and action. Town and university. SAE for Newssheet, Room 7, 30 London Road READING.

Alternative Free Library needs donations of radical/liberated Gay Papers and Magazines, ESPECIALLY Back Issues. Please write Geoffrey Leigh, 30 Wood-side, Wimbledon, London SW19 7AW.

Harrow Gay Unity. For details phone Janie at 863 1184 or Alex at 864 2291. Meets on Mondays.

Manchester gay women meet on alternative Mondays. Details: Liz Stanley, 061-881 3683.

Jewish Homophile Group welcomes new members of either sex. For further information, please write to Timothy Goldard, BM-JHG, WC1 6XX.

Information Sheffield’s Students Gay-Soc, Students Unions, Western Bank, Sheffield 10.

Gay girls meet on alternate Fridays 7— 10.30pm, Blue Anchor Hotel, St Mary’s Street. Cardiff, upstairs room.

REACH, a nationwide homophile group of members of the Christian churches, primarily concerned with campaigning within the churches and helping isolated homosexual Christians, Reach, c/o 27 Blackfriars St Manchester.

Help/information/coffee at Bethnal Rouge, a bookshop run by a collective of gay people.248 Bethnal Green Road, London E2. Tube:Bethnal Green. Bus: 8.

Manchester University Homophile Society social events, campaigning – open to all-meets Thursdays 8pm, meeting room 4, University Union, Oxford Road.

Fellowship in Christ the Liberator. Communion service 8pm, Sundays, West Kensington. Details: FCL c/o 61 Earls Court Square, London SW5.

“Gay Cambridge”, a joint CHE/GLF group covering both the town and university. Meets every fortnight weekly in university term. Contact Bernard Greaves 29 John Street, Cambridge. Phone Cambridge 52661.

Women’s Liberation Workshop. 3 Shavers Place, London W1. Tel 01-839 3918.


CAMPAIGN FOR HOMOSEXUAL EQUALITY

There are over 70 local groups. For details, enquiries and membership information, contact their offices at:-
28 Kennedy Street, Manchester M2 4BG, Telephone 061-228 1985,
or
22 Great Windmill Street, London W1, Telephone 01-437 7363. (London Information Centre, open daily from noon to 10pm).

Homosexual Women: Find out more about CHE groups from a woman. Every Tues 6.00pm to 10pm, at 22 Gt Windmill St, W1.Tel:01-437 7363

Birmingham CHE meets on March 31st, 7.30pm at Carrs Lane Centre. Information. Denis, Birmingham 5 (STD 0902) 752673

CHE Cardiff now meets at Chapter Arts Centre, Market Street, Canton, Cardiff every other Monday. (Nov. 20th etc). Gay News will be on sale.

CHE All London Political Action Group, 22 Great Windmill Street, London W1. Tel: 01-437 7363

CHE’s political action group is looking for a group of university/polytechnic students/lecturers interested in conducting a survey among the public attitudes to homosexuality. The aim of the enquiry is to help shape the future campaigning activities of CHE. Offers of help, suggestions, etc should be addressed to’ David Hyde, PAG, CHE London Information Centre, 22 Great Windmill Street, London W1. Tel: 01-437 7363.

Wandworth/Richmond CHE group forming. Incorporating Fulham/Wimbledon and fringe areas. Men AND women. We meet twice a month. Write to Charlie Mickltwrioht 46b Chartfield Ave., SW15.

Stepney: CHE group forming around this area and including the other parts of East London not catered for. For details ring Mike: 01-476 7980.

Streatham area — newly formed CHE group meets regularly. Details: Ian Clayton, 56 Hillbrook Rd, SW17.

YOUNG GAYS meet regularly in London. The CHE Youth Group meets fortnightly around Central London. Details from Mike or Jim at 01-385 7246.


SCOTTISH MINORITIES GROUP

Postal enquiries: SMG, 214 Clyde Street, Glasgow G1 4JZ

For meetings in ABERDEEN and GLASGOW ring John Breslin (041-771 7600). For meetings in DUNDEE ring Len McIntosh (0382-452433).

For meetings in EDINBURGH ring Mike Coulson (031-225 4395) between 1pm and 10pm any day.


GAY LIBERATION FRONT

London Gay Liberation Front is divided into local groups and there are over 40 provincial groups. Full information from the London GLF office, at 5 Caledonian Road. London N1 Tel: 01-437 7174.

Gay Women’s Lib (North London) Meet at The Crown and Woolpak, 397 St Johns St EC1 (Angel Tube) 8pm on Mondays.

West London GLF meets in the Committee Room of Fulham’s Town Hall. Fulham Broadway on Thursdays at 8pm.

South London GLF meets Thursdays at Minet Library, Knatchbull Road, Brixton.

York GLF now forming. Details from Bob Olorenshaw, A 113 Derwent College, University of York, Heslington, York.

Newcastle GLF meets Wednesday 8pm at 258 Westgate Road, Newcastle 4.

Bath Gay Awareness Group meets Thursdays 8pm. Infor from John — Bath 63168 or Hugh – Bath 4738.

Camden GLF meets Thursdays at Forresters Hall, 5 Highgate Road, Kentish Town.

Leeds GLF meets on Fridays at the OS A Lounge in the University Union. Meetings open to all.

TV and TS group meets Tuesdays at All Saints Church Vestry, Clydesdale Road, W11 at 8pm.

East London GLF meets Thursdays at 103 Market Street, East Ham E6 at 8pm.

Sussex GLF meets Tuesdays at 8.15pm upstairs/back bar Stanford Arms, Preston Circus, Brighton. Contact Doug Coupe, 40 Ashford Road, Brighton, or phone Ray at 686939.

Bristol Gay Awareness Group c/o Tony, 20D, West Mall, Clifton, Bristol. Tel: 0272-32669.

Essex GLF University, contact Brian Roberts c/o Student Pidgeon Holes, University of Essex, Wivenhoe Park, Colchester.

Leeds GLF Liberation Office 153 Woodhouse Lane, Leeds 2. Tel 0532-39071 ex 57. Meetings every Friday at 7.30pm.


Discos

DISCO First Sat of each month at the Odd Spot Coffee House & Grill, Sir Simon’s Arcade (behind TSB), Lancaster. Tel: 2750 11pm to 4am. Bring a bottle Gay News will be on sale.

Father Red Cap. 319 Camberwell Road, SE5. (Camberwell Green).

Upstairs Bar now open 7 nights a week — Tricky Dicky Boys Only Disco now on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays. Also mixed disco on Wednesday and Saturdays Girls Only disco on Friday. Gay intimate evenings on Mondays. Free Admission Mondays and (for a limited period) Tuesday’s Boys Only Disco.

South London GLF Disco every monday except first Monday of the month. At The Crypt, St Matthews Church (opposite Town Hall, Brixton. BR/Tube. Buses 35, 37,109, 59, 2, 3. Admission 15p – Beer and sandwich bar. Love – Kisses – South London GLF.

Camden GLF weekly disco in the discotheque next to the Bull and Gate Pub (200 yds Kentish Town Stn) every Wednesday from 8pm to 1am.

DRAG MOBILE DISCOTHEQUE Tuesday nights – ROYAL OAK, 62 Glenthorne Road. London W6. Wednesday nights – THE PONTIFRACT CASTLE. 48 Chapel Street, Edgware Road tube. Dancing permitted, complete with drag show featuring Mr Jean Fredericks, Peter Martindale and Diamond David. KINGS ARMS, Liverpool Street, London (corner of Pindar Street) Tube – BR Liverpool Street, buses 8, 8A, 22, 6, 47, 87, Tricky Dicky show on Saturday night 8.30 to 11. Admission free. Saloon bar disco, impersonations etc. gay atmosphere. Gay News in on sale at all Tricky Dicky Discos.

West London GLF present a weekly disco every Tuesday at Fulham Town Hall (opposite stn). 8pm.

Reading Gay Alliance weekly social Wednesday, disco Saturday, Admission to each 20p (10p students). Both at The Railway Tavern, Stanshawe Road, Reading. No membership.

Sussex GLF Disco every Friday 8-11pm at Stanford Arms, Preston Circus, Brighton. Only 20p.

Oxford Gay Action Group: Weekly Discos 8pm on Fridays at “The Cape Of Good Hope”, The Plain, Oxford.

Leeds GLF discos every fortnight. Contact their office for location.

West London GLF present discos at Fulham Town Hall, Harwood Road, at 8pm on March 13 and 27, April 17 and 24.

CHE Wandsworth/Richmond are holding a disco on Thursday March 22 at 8pm, upstairs at the White Lion pub. Putney High Street (by the bridge). Admission 25p. All Welcome.


Drag & Cabaret

This is a list of some of the pubs in London that regularly have Drag Acts. Information of our of London pubs featuring drag will be added to this list as we receive it. So if your local has something good happening at it., let us know: and that goes tor you landlords as well.

ROYAL VAUXHALL TAVERN 372 Kennington Lane SE11 (Vauxhall). Regular Compere Pat Kelly with the Keltones.
Sun Lunch : Bow. Sun Night : Lola.
Mon : Bow. Tue : Mr Rae-Chell
Wed : Lee Paris. Thu Alvis + Odell/Bow/Various. Fri : Lola. Sat : Lee Paris THE NEW BLACK CAP 171 Camden High Street, NW1 (Camden Town tube). Drag every night with Tony Page.
Mon—Thurs—Sat with Marc Fleming.
Tues with Sandy Graham
Wed with New Dumbelles.
Fri with Nicky Young
Sunday (lunch) with Marc Fleming and Mrs Shufflewick
Sunday (evening) with Perri St Clare or Sandy Graham
Alan McGorrin is Gay News’s super salesman at The Black Cap. Be nice to him, he works very hard.
Father Red Cap. 319 Camberwell Road, SE5. (Camberwell Green)

PALACE OF DRAG — Drag every night.
The following artistes are proud to announce they are appearing at the Father Red Cap; Lee Paris, Tammy Colin Cordell, Alvis & Odell, Lee Tracy and Len Morton.

THE EAGLE, 15 Clifton Road, W9. Drag — Fri, Sat, Sun.

THE CRICKETERS. Battersea Park Road, SW11 (BR Battersea Park)
Sun The Trollettes Fri Various Artistes
Tues Steel Band Sat Singalong/Dancing
Wed Various artistes Compere/Organist:
Thurs Talent night Kenneth Mancell

WINDSOR CASTLE
309 Harrow Road, W9 (Westbourne Park) Drag on Wednesday and Sunday (lunch and evening)

ROYAL OAK, 62 Glenthorne Road W6 (Hammersmith). Drag every night. Regular artistes including Mr Jean Fredericks.

ELEPHANT & CASTLE South Lambeth Place, SW8. (Vauxhall) Drag every night except Tuesdays. Regular compere Jackie.


Gay Pubs

WILLIAM IV Heath Street, Hampstead NW3 Hampstead Tube.

THE SALISBURY. St Martins Lane. Near to Trafalgar Square and Leicester Square tubes.

THE QUEENS HEAD. Tryon Street (off Kings Road. London SW3).

THE CHAMPION, Bayswater Road. Nearest Tube is Notting Hill Gate.

THE BOLTONS and THE COLEHERNE are opposite each other at the junction of Earl’s Court Road and Old Brompton, Earls Court tube.

THE SHIP AND WHALE, 2 Gulliver Street SE 16.

THE IMPERIAL, Richmond-High Street.

THE GREEN ROOM, The Wheatsheaf, Goldhawk Road. Shepherds Bush.


Friendly Outlets

Gay News will always be on sale at the following pubs:

THE ANCHOR INN (The Viking Club), East Street, Southampton, Saturday nights. Girls Only (Ask for Jan).

THE PUBLIC HOUSE not just another bookshop. 21 Little Preston Street, Brighton, Phone 28357.

LE FAUNE Restaurant, 23 Praed Street London W2 1NJ. Tel: 01-723 5170.

SHANE’S CLUB 1 Broadhurst Gradens, Finchley Road, NW6 always has GN on sale.

THE PAVILION CLUB. 123 Shardlow Road, (A6) Shardlow, Derbys. Tel. Shardlow 581. Open Wed. Fri, Sat and Sun from 8pm.

THE ROBERT BURNS, 9 South Front, Southampton ‘The small pub with a BIG welcome – Doris & Dennis’.

THE GREEN MAN. The Place, Winchester, Hants. Your host – David M Price.

ROKOKO CLUB, Roker, Sutherland. GN on sale there every Saturday.

PRINCESS ROYAL, 172 Wellingborough Road, Northampton. Your Hosts – Pem and Vim.

THE NIGHTINGALE CLUB. 50 Camp Hill, Birmingham 12 (021-772 2665) sell Gay News.

The Paint Box Club. 29 Foley St., W1. Drag & Disco Mon-Sat.

Moulin Rouge, 72 Worral Rd., Clifton, Bristol.

Gay News wishes to thank the management and staff at the COLEHERNE, and the BOLTONS (at Earls Court) and the CHAMPION (at Notting Hill Gate) for their help in letting us sell Gay News in their establishments. Gay News will regularly be on sale in these three pubs in west London.

Gay News thanks RODDY and ERIC of the MASQUERADE – the paper is always available at the door. Masquerade Club, 310 Earls Court Road,

Thanks to all at the QUEENS HEAD, Chelsea, for letting us regularly sell Gay News there.

The DisKOtheque (DOK), 2a Lowndes Court. London W1 (off Carnaby Street) regularly has Gay News on sale. Thanks.

The Father Red Cap, Boys Only, Girls Only and Mixed Disco’s. Gay News is always on sale.

Valentine’s — Georges Club (off Gay Street), Bath. Gay News is always on sale.

Thanks to DON JOHN’S, one of the North’s foremost Gay clubs, for selling Gay News.

Thanks to the REGENCY (opposite Theatre Royal) Bath. Gay News is always sold there by Bath Gay Awareness Group.

Tim will always sell you GN at the Elephant & Castle and the Royal Vauxhall Tavern at Vauxhall.

A very special thanks to Bill and Mike at the UNICORN BOOKSHOP, 50 Gloucester Road, Brighton. Tel: 682307.

BRISTOW’S PAPERBACKS, 4 Bridewell Alley, Norwich. Tel: 29535. A ‘goodie’ of a shop.

The Green Room, of the Wheatsheaf, Goldhawk Road, Shepherds Bush, always has Gay News on sale. Your host for the evening: Ronnie.

Bethnal Rouge, 248 Bethnal Green Road, E2. A liberated bookshop run by a collective of gay people, always has GN on sale.

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Two Arrested at Biograph

During the afternoon of Tuesday February 27, two men were arrested in the Biograph Cinema, at Wilton Hoad, London. They were taken into custody by two uniformed police officers pretending to be cinema-goers. The two men were later charged with committing an act of gross indecency’.

The police were operating in the cinema at the invitation of the cinema’s manager, Mr Wheelan. The two constables, wearing ordinary blue raincoats to hide their uniforms, entered a row of seats and allegedly spotted the two men having a ‘grope’.

On information received from one of the accused, the police advised him to plead guilty to get it ‘over and done with’. The person involved is wisely not taking this advice, without first consulting a solicitor.

GN warns all patrons of the Biograph to be especially wary for the time being. Further details of police activity in this country’s oldest cinema will appear in this paper. If you have any information about the current goings-on at the Biograph, please ring us at Gay News on 01-373 0586.

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Solicitors Protest Over Police

A complaint has been made in the current issue of the Law Society Gazette about the way police drew up a character background of a man accused of a motoring offence in a London trial recently.

The complaint is made by the solicitors who acted for the motorist when he was accused of a drink-driving offence.

The solicitors allege: “Our client’s antecedents prepared by the Metropolitan Police to inform the court of his history and previous convictions included the statement that ‘he is known to associate with homosexuals.'”

ED: Gay News applauds the action taken by the solicitors involved. Let us hope that a full inquiry will result and that the police responsible for this despicable incident – attempting to use the general public’s ignorance and prejudice for their own ends – will not go unpunished.

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Gay News To Attend CHE Morecambe Conference

it is now confirmed that a Gay News reporter will be present throughout the Campaign for Homosexual Equality’s First Annual Conference at Morecambe in April.

A full report of the proceedings, plus the GN reporter’s own impressions of this major event will be published in the edition following the conference.

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Utmost Caution

Whilst GN does not wish to moralise or be accused of scaremongering, we think that it is only right to inform you that gay men should take the utmost caution in the vicinity of a well known late night ‘cottage’ in the Olympia/High Street Kensington district of London.

The place referred to is the property of the public house it stands next to.

On information received from usually reliable sources, we understand that members of Hammersmith Police Force are visiting the ‘cottage’ in question frequently between 11.00pm and the early hours of the morning.

No arrests have been reported so far, but the names, addresses and full particulars of these found in the area are being taken by the police.

More details as they arise, in future editions of GN.

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SMG for House of Lords

Lord Archibald has written to Edinburgh’s Scottish Minorities Group offering to call a meeting of Peers and MP’s in the House of Lords on Wednesday March 28, 1973. The meeting will be jointly convened by Lord Archibald and Tom Oswald, MP. Both men have had meetings with SMG members.

Lord Archibald’s Scottish connexions are strong – 52 (yes, 52) years ago he was a Labour Councillor in Glasgow. He is married to the daughter of Bonar Law: she is an energetic woman in her seventies: the historical strands are fascinating! A 4-man SMG team is travelling to London to thrash out the parliamentary tactics towards the successful passage of their proposed Homosexual Reform Bill.

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Gay News Seized In Edinburgh

Copies of Gay News have been seized in five shops in Edinburgh by the police. Issues of Oz, Private Eye (?), Rolling Stone, Cracker and other alternative papers were also ‘taken into custody’ in the raids, allegedly carried out in an attempt to crack down on pornography available in the city.

Obscenity prosecutions are said to be pending. Fuller coverage of this story in the next issue of GN.

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An Open Letter to the Company of Nine – CHE’s poetry Group

The background to this letter (published below) is as follows. CHE’s successful poetry group, called The Company Of Nine, is producing a volume of its members’ poetry. 30 contributors submitted 104 poems from which 33 were selected, including two by Laurence Collinson. Laurence later received a note from the editor of the volume asking whether Laurence wished to publish under a pseudonym. “So far I have assumed that as this is to be an avowedly CHE publication the poets will wish to have their identities concealed,” wrote the editor. Expressing surprise at this, Laurence received a second letter that included this comment: “Although the booklet is to be a CHE publication, there can be no guarantee that it will be seen only by CHE eyes, which means that for some to be published in it under their own names would not be brave but downright stupid. Second, some of our contributors may wish to avoid publicity through doubts about the worth of their work.”

30 Andrewes House,
Barbican,
London EC2Y 8AX

31 January, 1973.

Dear …,

I was more shocked by your second letter than your first. You give ‘two points to remember’ as reasons that contributors to the CHE poetry anthology might wish to publish under a pseudonym.

(1) The booklet might be seen by other than CHE eyes, and consequently, for some to be published in it under their own names ‘would not be brave, but downright stupid’.

(2) Some contributors may not wish publicity because of ‘doubts about the worth of their work’.

Neither of these reasons seem to me to be rational or valid. Firstly, contributors who wish to remain ‘in the closet’ should not have submitted material to a booklet that is ostensibly part of a CAMPAIGN. (Remember: CHE means Campaign for Homosexual Equality?) There are plenty of ‘straight’ poetry journals wherein one may be published without having to suffer the ordeal of guilt by association; let these courageous poets submit their creations there! Really, what respect must these people have for the Campaign, for themselves, and for their own homosexuality that they, must engage in such self-oppression!

Secondly, writers who doubt the ‘worth of their work’ don’t usually submit that work for publication!

I have decided to protest against this typical CHE furtiveness by (a) withdrawing my poems from this anthology – will you please see that this is done; and (b) publishing this as an open letter in an appropriate journal.

Laurence Collinson

Women Demand Human Rights

LONDON: Militancy isn’t a male prerogative. And women took to the streets in London to demand their rights as Tory MPs talked the Womens Rights Bill into the ground. Next day the CHE women were having their national conference in Manchester.

The Women’s Rights demonstrators were meeting at Caxton Hall and marching on the House of Commons bearing flaming torches.

Women hissed and jeered from the packed galleries of the House of Commons as Martin Maddon, the Tory MP from Hove talked the Bill out.

The Bill, a private member’s Bill (and therefore only discussed on Friday afternoons) has been tabled by Mr Will Hamilton, the Labour MP for Fife. It demands an end to lower wages for women and the introduction of equal opportunity for women in industry.

Women marching from the House of Commons to 10 Downing Street after the Anti Discrimination Bill had been “talked out”. Photographs: Serena Wadham

But it doesn’t go far enough. Mrs Ethel Chipchase, vice-chairman of the Trade Union Congress’s women’s advisory committee complains it’s a bill without teeth.

May Hobbs of the Night Cleanersn Union calling for action at Caxton Hall.

The Bill aims at making it illegal to advertise for an exmployee of either sex, just as it’s illegal now to advertise for someone who is or is not a certain colour.

The Caxton Hall rally supporting the Bill featured May Hobbs of the Night Cleaner’s Union and Audrey Wise, the Labour candidate for Coventry.

May Hobbs said once the Bill finally became law – after Martin Maddon has been persuaded to stop his bloody-minded histrionics – women’s equality will have to go on evolving and not become frozen by the law.

Audrey Wise warned: “Don’t be misled into thinking that equality is an abstraction: we don’t want all the disadvantages men already have.”

Many of the keenest supporters of the Bill went to Manchester the next day for CHE’s conference for gay women.

ED: We tried to get a more exciting picture of the Women’s Rights demonstration, but the clerical staff belonging to NATSOPA, one of the print unions, was on strike, and despite our having ordered a photograph, it couldn’t be printed for us. We’d like to thank Time Out and Angela Phillips, the photographer, for letting us use their picture of the rally.

Refreshing Radicalism

The first National Women’s Conference on Homosexuality was organised by Glenys Parry and Liz Stanley, CHE Executive Committee members at the end of January in Manchester University. Two hundred women of all sexes came from as far afield as Scotland to Southampton, Wales to Whitby and points in between.

The morning was spent in area reports, all of which repeated the depressing lack of women in CHE, GLF and women’s groups. The causes were brooded upon; possible hostility from men … fear of meetings … lack of personal welcome-warmth … fear of being recognised as gay in a small community … partner hunting which, when successful, deprived the group of the pair who settled into a replica of straight marriage.

In the afternoon, we broke up into small groups and tangled with five broad areas:
(1) Problems of married gay and bisexual women; the children of gay parents.
(2) Coming to terms with one’s own homosexuality; relating to each other and gay men; relationships to heterosexuals.
(3) Where gay women can go for help; specific problems relating to the caring professions.
(4) Women’s Lib, Radical Feminism and their relationship to the gay women’s struggle.
(5) The problems of isolated gay women in provincial towns.

Group 1 said: that gay/bisexual wives were stuck with their husbands for financial reasons. The social security alternative was a hand to mouth existence. Bisexuality isn’t the good thing people think it is. One looks into the future … one asks what is going to happen … Am I going one way or the other? Gays should investigate alternative life-styles, such as communes and pool resources of cash and childcare, but lesbians weren’t enough together as a gay movement to make this effective.

Group 2 said: there wasn’t a precise age at which one came to terms with homosexuality. Some never did. The young, particularly, have suicidal tendencies. Some believed that they were physically or mentally maladjusted. All feared mixing with men, whether gay or straight. Mixing in CHE groups would do plenty to resolve this.

Group 3 said: those in the group who had sought help from doctors/priests/psychiatrists had been lucky. All were sympathetic. The group was aware this wasn’t typical. Citizens Advice Bureaux, Samaritans and social services must be informed about local CHE/GLF groups and Friend.

Group 4 said: gay women live in a counter society … live against the grain of society … outside the nuclear family … so are radical. Essential to educate Women’s Lib out of fear of the stereotype aggressive lesbian. Priority action should be taken from the outside on behalf of gay women teachers who had an appalling oppression of job risk, not from pupils, but from their colleagues and superiors. Demand compulsory homosex-education in schools.

Group 5 said: National CHE should put their publicity weight behind local groups to use local radio, TV, papers and posters. Provincial groups had difficulty in keeping together because of wide spread areas. Convenors must be vigilant about continual contact. Pre-meetings contact with a new member should be in pairs. A one-to-one scene caused a shy lesbian to suspect a pick-up.

Whither women and CHE rounded off the session. Those there, were pro-bono CHE, but acknowledged its male image put lesbians off. Until there was an equal number of women to men in CHE, it would be ineffective in representing homosexuals.

Judging by the state of rapport at the end of the session and during the disco, the more National Women’s Conferences the better. This ’ere cockney was much enriched by exposure to out-of-London lesbians. CHE took on a larger dimension of honest-to-guts discussion about the realities to be faced and the resolve to overcome them brought refreshing radicalism to the usual staid stag socialising that bedevils London CHE groups.