- Issue #36
- 20 pages
- 29 November-12 December 1973
- IS GAY OFFENSIVE?
- Editor: Denis Lemon
- News Editor: Michael Mason
- Art Director: Jean-Claude Thevenin
- Advertising/Circulation Manager: Peter Mundy
- Business Manager etc: Stuart Patterson
- Subscriptions, Listings, Box Replies: Derek Jardine
- Admin Assistant: Anne Elizabeth
- Typesetting: Sandi Rutenberg (BLOT)
- Regular Contributors: Roger Baker, Barry Conley, Denis Cohn, Brian Dax, Grant Dowling, Iain Finlayson, Jackie Forster, John Gough, Carl Hill, Howard Llewellyn, John Montgomery, Rictor Norton, David Seligman, Pete Wicker and Ian Dunn (Scottish correspondent)
- The Cinematograph and Indecent Displays Bill is making its way through Parliament and looks like it might go as far as banning “offensive” publications from appearing on newsstands – up to and including those with “Gay” in their titles. In other Jennifer Justice news, a father and son are cleared of raping a 15-year-old girl because she was already sexually active with others; meanwhile, a 26-year-old man got 18 months from the same court for having a 16-year-old boyfriend.
At CHE, a reshuffle at the top: Paul Temperton is replaced as General Secretary by Howarth Penny; Alan Horsfall is replaced as chairman by Michael Steed, who is replaced as treasurer by E. Peter Naughton.
Reviews include Sex in Human Loving by Dr Eric Berne, which is pro-sex… but only for hets, Philip Magdalany’s bawdy gay play Section Nine at The Place, and Francois Truffant’s Day For Night at the cinema.
- The Problem With Finsbury – FINSBURY: As if policemen weren’t enough, patrons of the Finsbury Park Cottage are picking up a good-looking Irish guy – only to find themselves in the hands of a petty blackmailer. It isn’t usually until they get him home that the enterprising young lad tells them that he intends phoning the police unless they buy his silence. The boy, who has apparently been in business now for about four months, is 5’10” tall, dark, has brown eyes, dresses well and is probably aged about 23. So beware the pretty Irish of Finsbury. Apparently police interest in the establishment continues as well, making the whole place about as safe a contact place as the dock in the Old Bailey No 1 Court. – page 20