I REMEMBER A GAY SCENE FROM THE 1970'S THAT WAS A GREAT DEAL NICER THAN THE ONE WE HAVE TODAY. PEOPLE PULLED TOGETHER AND NOW WHEN YOU SAY THIS, IT MEANS SOMETHING VERY DIFFERENT - AND THE COMMUNITY FEEL OF THE SCENE HAS ALMOST COMPLETELY BEEN ERADICATED THROUGH FUCKED UP ATTITUDE. IT SEEMS THAT ALONG WTH EQUALITY, MANY ON THE GAY SCENE HAVE ACQUIRED MENTAL HEALTH ISSUES LIKE THERE IS NO TOMORROW AND THE ATTITUDES OFFERED ARE DREADFUL. FUCKED UP QUEENS WIOTH FUCKED UP ATTITUDE AND I MISS THE SCENE - FUNNY ENOUGH - FROM THE LATE 60'S AND EARLY 70'S WHEN PEOPLE WERE FRIENDLIER AND CONGREGATED ON A SATURDAY NIGHT AS FRIENDS. I DO NOT ENVY THE TWINKS OF TODAY AND THANK GOD I AM IN MY 70'S AND NOT BOTHERED WITH ALL THE YOUNG GUIYS WHO ARE JUST AFTER MY MONEY AND WHAT THEY CAN GET OUT OF ME AND I WANT NOTHING TO DO WITH THEM. YOUR WEB SITE IS A MASTERFUL AND WONDERFUL FIND AND I THINK YOU KNOW WHAT I AM TALKING ABOUT. WELL DONE. MALCOLM R. CHELMSFORD.
Hi John and well done on the web site. It is a breath of fresh air ion a world where the gay scene here in the UK has changed beyond any recognision of when I was a lad back in the late 60's and 70's. I joined CHE ( Campaign for Homosexual Equality ) back in the early 70's and we all did and it was just a dream that we would ever be accepted and equal. Friends of mine went to prison simply for being gay and it ruined them. their familkies disowned them, they lost their jobs and they were outcast. One sweet and gentle soul killed himself and I carried great anger for many years at society and a government that could do such a thing and it angers me still that the kids on the gay scene today know nothing - absolutely nothing, of what we went through.
I am now in my 80's and knew men who had been in concentration camps during WW2 and learned very early to hide my sexuality and while I got married and had children, I was always in an inner turmoil, while my wife, bless her - ( she died a decade ago ) knew all along and yet said nothing until after decades of married life. There was something on the TV one evening in the late 80's about gay men and women and she just said - ' they are your type of person dear' - and I just froze. She sensed my horror and she said that it was alright, that she had always known, and being a farmers daughter had been raised with sexuality between the animals and knew the facts of life as a very young girl and had never had the issues that many from that era had had, and after so many years, I just wept. She held me and said it was always okay - never an issue, and I felt so relieved that I did not need - after all those years - to hide any more. My 5 children were all marrioed and had lives of their wn and it was at last a joy to be able to express myself a little more openly.
Well done on your web site and thankyou for the interesting articles for us oldies, and this LGBT History page also made me weep, out of joy, out of sadness for a life wasted but also out of relief that at last I was free. Thank you John.