|Paisley Branch Papers in NAS GD467/1/3/31|
A Paisley Gay Group probably started informally in the early 70s. A letter from SMG NEC suggests that there was a group in 1975 (1975/12/05 Letter to Gordon Graham (lapsed member)).
The Paisley Gay Group afffilitiated to SHRG as the Pailsey & District Branch of SHRG and the papers following show the progress:
The next letter (1979/03/07
Letter to all members SHRG Paisley Gay Group)
is from National Office SHRG saying how please they were that you
have established in informal gay group
in Paisley. It was
happy that they should SHRG in their title subject to some provisos
regarding funds and which would require some changes to the Paisley
Later that year (1979/11/14 SHRG Paisley Gay Group Members Meeting:
a meeting (21 members) of the Paisley Gay Group to place with members
of SHRG National Executive
voted 16 votes to 4 in favour of the motion “That this group
applies to become an official
Branch of SHRG, as soon a possible”. The first AGM of
SHRG Paisley & District Branch was held on 12 Dec 1979 at which a constitution
(1979/12/12 SHRG Paisley & District Branch First AGM: minutes)
was accepted and a committee elected.
Other related documents are listed below:
There are various other papers relating to the Paisley Branch:
1980/07/04 Letter Allan Donnel, Secy SHRG Paisley Br to SHRG NEC:
1980/02/29 SHRG Paisley & District Branch Meeting (in Bill
McConachie's house): (not typed)
1980/02/00 SHRG Paisley Lambda Newslett - 1 sheet A4:
1980/12/21 SHRG Paisley & District Branch Committee Meeting: minutes
1981/06/08 Paisley Daily Express p1 (Main headlines whole page) "Paisley Goes Gay" - new advice service for homosexuals starts tomorrow
1981/07/07 SHRG Renfrew & District Branch: renfrewshire & Ayrshire
The Paisley Branch had a newsletter called Lambda which ran for many years. Sadly only 5 issues of it seem to have survived:
1981/10/00 Lambda Newsletter October 1981
1983/11/00 Lambda Newsletter No 14.
1984/09/00 Lambda Newsletter No 15
1885/03/00 Lambda Newsletter March 1985 No 16 [in AF Archive]: image of front page.
1984/05/16 SHRG Paisley Gay Group Meeting, Outings, etc.