Glasgow Herald 1971
Bid to start club for
homosexuals [at Strathclyde University] fails, GH 1971 Jan
20, 22d; Jan 23, 6d, C; Jun 2, 8c, C;
- An attempt to start a club for homosexuals at Strathclyde
University has been stopped. Father Columba Ryan, the university's
Roman Catholic chaplain, had been approached by a student
asking if his premises at The Ark, a social club in Glasgow
used for various university meetings, could be obtained for
- He first gave consent and a poster was placed in the
university union advertising for members was later
ripped down by other students.
- Father Ryan said last night that he had had second thoughts on
the matter, and had decided to withhold The Ark premises
form the organised meeting for three reasons:promotion of
an organised group of homosexuals may be in contravention
of the law, the notice has outraged a number of students,
he had learned of the existence of a
pressure group, active in other universities, to promote dubious
homosexual associations. This group uses the term "Gay Life," words
incorporated in the union poster. I have no intention of being
used as a pawn by any other such group."
for Homosexuals, GH 1971 Jan 23, 6d, C;
- [The text of this letter dated 20 Jan 1971 was sent with SMG
News No 2 March, 1971 to all members]
- Sir ,— The abortive attempt to hold an open meeting to
discuss a club for homosexuals in the University of Strathclyde
requires a comment since your report mentions the "existence
of a pressure group." This may readily and mistakenly be
interpreted as referring to the Scottish Minorities Group.
- The group does indeed exist to promote homosexual law reform
in Scotland, to provide care and counseling when required
by those homosexuals who have suffered from the unwarranted
disapproval of an insensitive society but, above all else,
to prevent an honest picture of what homosexuality means.
- Once the majority of people are convinced that the homosexual
is what he is, not because of some kink or perversity of
his or her won choosing but simply and naturally ( and I
stress the term "naturally") from the order of things,
it becomes logical for them to accept the homosexual's right
of free association, which is guaranteed to all subjects
of the realm.
- Whether there is oppression there will sooner of later be
explosive reaction. The law and the public have for too
long leaned heavily on the homosexual. It is not to be wondered
at, then, of in these days of violent protest some elements
in all minorities choose the road of "pressure."
- The Scottish Minorities Group s no such revolutionary pressure
group. It is an association of responsible homosexual
and heterosexual men and women who are concerned to educate
public opinion to recognise the existence of this substantial
minority and to guarantee their constitutional right to acceptance
and to freedom of expression within society.
- That there is promiscuity among heterosexuals would be absurd
to deny. It would be equally absurd to say that this
is the rule. So it is with homosexuals. In both it is to
be deplored. A stable society results form stable relationships.
- The group words to provide a framework of acceptance and —
let's not be afraid to use the word — respectability within
which the homosexual will feel free to express himself
naturally and with the freedom to form stable and satisfactory
relationships on a par with his heterosexual friends and
- Bruce Briggs, Secretary, Scottish
Minorities Group, 9 Princess Gardens, Glasgow, W.2.
Homosexuals Jun 2, 8c, C
- May 24, 1971 Letter from
Bruce Briggs, Secretary, Scottish
Minorities Group, 214 Clyde Street, Glasgow, C.1.
- He takes exception to one point of Brian Barr's otherwise
acceptable article on Centrepoint Soho: "drug pushers,
strip club agents, and homosexuals" as
being the temptations awaiting the young Scot arriving
- As an official of the Scottish Minorities Group ...aim
is ensuring that the social disadvantages of being known
as homosexual are removed he resents the implication
that homosexuality can be equated with drug pushing and strip
- [The following appeared in SMG News No 5 June 1971]
- PUBLICITY letter (pub Glasgow Herald 24 May, 1971) in response
to Glasgow Herald article Centrepoint Soho, by Brian Barr.
Argues that “SMG forms a protection for many desperately
lonely homosexual men & women who leave the intolerant
atmosphere of the homeland for a supposedly more liberal
metropolis and fill victims to the initial blandishments
of the prostitute in public places. At least the prostitute
seems willing to offer them an acceptance which their native
society denied them.”
of [Edinburgh Festival] club rejected, GH 1971 Sep 1, 9h;
- Reports that large numbers of homosexuals were using the
Festival Club in Edinburgh as a meeting place and causing
embarrassment to visitors were described as "grossly
exaggerated" yesterday in a statement issued after a meeting
of the Festival Club committee.
- A statement was issued by the Scottish
claimed that more than half the number of people present
at the club on any one evening were homosexuals or those
who were tolerant towards them.
- The chairman of
the Festival Club committee, refused to comment on this claim.
Minorities group seek law reform
, GH 1971 Dec 13, 3f;
- Scottish Minorities Group, formed to promote the welfare
and interests of homosexuals in Scotland, are to join
the Scottish Council for Civil Liberties to seek law reform.
- At its AGM in Glasgow
on Saturday, a resolution was passed seeking legislation
for the repeal of the 1885 Criminal Law Amendment Act. ...
Scotland is now one of the very few countries left in Europe
where a private homosexual act is classified as criminal
- Membership of the group increased sevenfold to 300 during
1971, says their annual report. Groups have been established
in Glasgow, Edinburgh, Dundee, Aberdeen, St. Andrews,
and Strathclyde University.
- The report adds that they now need a centre of their own.
Sounding with various people in Edinburgh — police,
councilors, and chaplains — had produced "a favourable