1969 in National Archives of Scotland
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The Sexual Offences Act 1967 NB Not Scotland.]
became law 27Jul 1967 England & Wales. [3 page account of main provisions. Banda
|29 Dec, 1967 - ? May 1968: Correspondence between Ian Dunn, Scottish Law Society, Church of Scotland Social & Moral Welfare Committee regarding the Sexual Offences Act 1967 and its not applying to Scotland. IDSexualOffencesAct1967_1.htm|
|1 Mar 1968 Letter Samaritans to Ian Dunn thanking for donation. [MS Note ID] (Not "Albany" but, connected)|
|Kirk Concern on Birth Control for Unmarried - May 1968 [from date on back] no provenance.|
Thank you very much for October's Newsletter and the photocopy of Ray Gosling's "New Society" article. ... Your newsletter puts in words what I have felt since the summer - that there is an extraordinary lack of interest in homosexual matters just now. By this I mean the establishment of Social Clubs 'à la Esquire [sic]', and the like.
It would seem that if we assert our equality in the community - and enjoy the security and ease of equals - there is a hostility, a sort of"well, of course I would work for Law Reform and removal of social injustice, but regulated gay clubs? No sir - youre on your own">. At least, I've found so. Perhaps I can illustrate this in my communication with the Church of Scotland. In May 1968 the Social and Moral Welfare Committee announced that it would ask the General Assembly to reverse it's 1967 motion that (in effect) homosexuals were to be pitied as perverts and man (women were not mentioned) without moral control. (!) . Douglas Alan,Secretary, was the prime mover and I wrote to him and offered my support. (Earlier the C. of S. telephonist was most embarrassed: "What did you say your enquiry was about?") The Assembly just reversed last years ruling by 445 votes to 420. However, in August Mr Allan "wasnt available" by phone or letter. I wanted to get in touch with him as he has met Anthony Grey on one or two occasions, and, as I was going to visit the Albany Trust early in September, I wanted to take with me some concrete news of homosexual developments in Scotland. I was unable to do this, and Tony Grey was in Holland at the time of my visit.
I'm concerned too at the long silence from 32 Shaftesbury Avenue, and am half frightened to write in case I hear the worst. The Law Society [MS f.n.] (* The Law Society of Scotland.)
However, like yourself, I am ultimately optimistic. I have written to the Mattachine Society of Washington, and hope to get an up-to-date idea of what's happening in the USA. I have been invited to have a talk with the Rev James Day, Assistant, Religious Programmes, BBC Television Scotland. This is in connection with the Scottish programme "Sunday Set", and though its mainly abut religion, you never know where the conversation will take you!
Esquire has my full support. Have you, by the way, considered advertising in Timm Magazine? Or have they "turned you down". I continue to spread the work - slowly - at my end./ Yours sincerely/ signed (IAN C DUNN)
Thank you for your very interesting letter of 16 Nov  written to me at Esquire Clubs. My former Chairman is now living and working in Scotland and doing something toward the formation of a Scottish Law Reform Committee.
May I suggest that you get in touch with him and mention my name? He is:- Colin Harvey, M. A., Lecturer in Social Work, Jordanhill College, Glasgow, who was previously Chair of HLRC.]
27 Nov 1968 Lecturer Ian Dunn to Colin Harvey. Inviting
Dear Mr Dunn,
Thank you for your letter of 22 Dec. I received your earlier one, but Xmas & pressure of work at college has prevented me from replying. I only got your second letter this a.m. on going into college.
I am in touch with 3 others
Jim Halcrow (Edinburgh), Bert Henry (Rothsay), Donald Brook
(Glasgow). I think it would be best to hold a meeting maybe here
in Glasgow if we can find a central place. ... Maybe when the
Committee (if such it is to be) gets going a suitable Secretory
will be found, who will answer letters more ???fully than me!
14 Jan 1969. Letter Ian Dunn to Allan Horsfall,
I am very pleased to write and tell you that the fears expressed in my letter of 22nd December were unfounded.
Colin Harvey replied to my second letter (1st one recd OK, but pressure of work caused a delay), and I have spent a most enjoyable evening with Colin & his marvelous wife at their house in Milngavie.
I expect the names Bert Henry, Donald Brook, Jim Halcrow will be familiar to you through correspondence. Colin and I hope to have a meeting of the 5 or us in Glasgow on 26th January  to decide what action we should take and to gather information (badly lacking) about the Scottish position.
I would like to keep you informed, so no doubt you will get another letter quite soon!
With kindest regards, Ian
Stapled bundle of correspondence between Ian Dunn & Ean Simpson 23 Feb - 12 Apr 1969 in GD467_1_1_1_Lets_ICD_EanSimpson230169to120369.htm
Letter RS to Mr Horsfall, Secretary, NWHomosexual Lay Reform Committee: 2 Mar 1969.BS will be happy to be of any assistance in legal or other capacity - ask Mr. [Colin] Harvey to contact him. At least one other solicitor and other people are interested in the ne Committee...
Letter Alan Horsfall to RS, 11 Mar 1969
Dear Mr S, ... thanks for letter ... man holding the fort is Ian C Dunn & gives his address for contact. Colin Harvey convalescing after an accident.
Letter Ian C Dunn to RS: 13 Mar 1969 [carbon copy]
Dear Mr S, ... about half a dozen ESQUIRE supporters have been to 2 meetings in his parents house in Glasgow. Not looking for establishing clubs, but are casting a wider eye over Scottish scene. ... supporters of Albany Trust - its constitution precludes setting up clubs, which is why ESQUIRE organisation is separate. Finds idea of setting some sort of club in Glagow interesing. Yours sincerely ICD
Letter Ian Dunn to Editor, "New Society": 3 Apr 1969
... wholly in accord with Antony Gary & Dr West's aricle "Homosexuals: New Law but no New Deal" (27 Mar . ... a solution must be found for homosexuals who wish to meet and exchange views,
Letter Allan Horsfall, Secy, NW Homosexual Law Reform Committee: 12 Apr 1969
... matter of failure of Manchester Clubs, 2 clubs involved, 1 now closed. Mathews Club (formerly Club Rouge) closed earlier this year. Story of Esquire & Rockingham Club set out in enclosed statement. [not there, but probably Oct 1968 Newsletter].
Humanist News: July n- August, 1969: British Humanist Association (p3)
Albany Trust: Financial Crisis
AT set up by Homosexual Law Reform Society faces crisis from which is may not recover. Success achieved with Sexual Offences Act 1967, let to wider publicity and significant increase in calls for help, higher case-work expenses, not met by increase in income. In 1966 , year before act, Trust helped 150 men & women. Last year this increased to over 500. The BHA shares a president with the HLRFS, Prof A J Ayer. The Trust is appealing for £10,000.
Letter, 15 Apr 1969, from Ian Dunn to Humanist News: regarding a letter from Paul Rom, published April 1969 - cutting attached. [there is a reply from Rom (10 May 1969) & letter from Ian Dunn (23 May 1969) later in file]
Letter, 16 Apr 1969, acknowledgement from British Humanist Association to Ian Dunn
Letters between Robert Thomson, Secretary of Scottish Council of Civil Liberties & Ian Dunn: 5 Jun 1969
BS invited to attend meetings of SMG.
Ian Dunn says he is moving from weatherman to town-planner starting a 5 year course at Herriot-Watt University in Oct, 1969. He hopes Bob will be free on Friday night 29 June, 1969, the more active members will be meeting in the Close Theatre Club. [First mention of Close Theatre as a Gay Venue.] There will be about 6 of "us".
Letter from T Colin Harvey, SMG Chair, to professionals who deal with homosexuals in difficultly: 13 Jun 1969. [Copied]
and replies in GD467_1_1_1CHarveyToProfessionals.htm
Bundle of letters between Franklin E Kameny (Mattichine Soc of Washington D.C.) and Ian Dunn: 1 Feb to June 17 1969. Not typed but put in separate file. GD467_1_1_1FEKameny_ICD_Feb-Jun1969.htm
Start here Albany Trust letter 14 Feb 1969 with addresses of Rev Ean Simpson (Tighnabruich)
Mrs Kathleen J Raby, Casework Supervisor & Tutor, City of Glasgow |Society of Social Work Services Inc, 212 Bath St, Glasgow, C2.- note left in file 28 June-2006
19 Feb 1969 Letter Colin [Harvey] to Ian [Dunn] Thanks
very much for the minutes of the meeting on Feb 7th. Splendid
account Also for the very interesting letter
from the States.
16 Mar 1969 Letter Colin Harvey to Ian Dunn.
29 Mar 1969 Letter Colin Harvey to Ian [Dunn].
Card from Colin Harvey.
28 Jun 1969. Letter Colin Harvey to Ian [Dunn]
|Jan 1968. Letter Anne Kolaszynska, University of Birmingham, regarding a survey of homosexual men.|
|Some of Donald Brooks' Correspondence. A list on 1 page of foolscap of 4 quotes.|
|First meetings of Scottish Minorities Group (SMG) 7 Feb. 1969|
|Second Meeting [of the Scottish Minorities Group (SMG)] to discuss the position of the homosexual in Scotland. 6 March 1969.|
Recommendation to the Commi
In summary, the Group hopes that children should be taught:
Accompanied by letter from Ian Dunn 14 June 1969
Announcement and agenda of 4th meeting 16 July 1969 meeting [on headed paper with SMG logo etc.
This did take place at 4 Moray Place, Glasgow and was adjourned at 10.10pm. Business will be concluded at the ...
Glasgow Herald 1968 - Church Committee try again to get understanding for homosexuals
Also "Progressive Steps in Canada " Glasgow Herald 23/7/69( page not known) on Criminal Code Amendment Act: not entered in Glasgow Herald file.