WITH DOWNCAST GAYS (1974)
A preface by Andrew Hodges FOR THIS WEBPAGE EDITION
|Between April 1973 and April 1974, when I was a student in London, I worked with the artist David Hutter on writing a pamphlet on the concept of self-oppression which had earlier been promulgated in the Gay Liberation Front Manifesto (1971). We collaborated very closely in the writing, and then we published it ourselves, under the name of Pomegranate Press. We launched it at Great Malvern, Worcestershire, where the conference of the Campaign for Homosexual Equality took place in May 1974.
We sold 3000 copies at 20p, and then reprinted it in April 1975. But in 1977 we passed it on to
Pink Triangle Press in Toronto. The pamphlet had received a particularly keen response in the Toronto gay journal Body Politic.
About 12000 copies were printed in all, roughly half circulating in Britain and half in North America. It was translated into French and German, and excerpts also appeared in Swedish and Italian magazines.
With Downcast Gays has been out of print since about 1981. It is listed by Amazon on this page, as an out-of-print text.
David and I talked about the possibility of it being republished with a new introduction in 1984, but nothing came of it.
In 1995 I returned to our original spirit of nonprofit self-publication, by putting the text on the World Wide Web. Of course, the references now read like ancient history — but some of the issues are alive today.