7:84 Theatre Company
& OurStory Scotland
|Audience arrives to a selection of music from previous decades.
William Dunlop, Newsreader:
The law remains unchanged in Scotland and Northern Ireland.
Father: Aye son?
Son: What's a homosexuality?
Mother: Right, children, time for bed.
That's your answer to everything, Brian, keep quiet.
Here we have to keep quiet a bit longer. Scottish minorities, getting engaged - politically - but quietly does it.
Outside the SMG offices in Edinburgh, many protesters stand around with placards. The newsreader conducts an outside broadcast and finds just one voice of moderation:
I don't see what all the fuss is about, this has been going on for years. It doesn't bother me, as long as they don't make it compulsory.
But William is accidentally outed by SMG members inviting him inside.
So much for the tolerant seventies; the decade of innovation and change; the brave new world ...
Robin Cook's letter of support is one of the few things which keeps me going. Shall we drown our sorrows or drink to change?
As the party dispersed, he looked through me and walked out of the hall into the night. I made my way home alone and felt confused and guilty and rejected, and not sure of the nature of my 'crime'.
| Schoolgirl: What is a homosexual?
Teacher: That should be of no concern of yours, as you are all good practising Catholics.
All: He's no, he's a wee poof.
Man: You can't do this! I know my rights.
Police Officer: Scum like you don't have any rights.
Margaret counsels Jonathan:
Look let me ask you, are you just too close to your mother? Do you advise her on her wardrobe? Perhaps you may have a very, very distant father? Are you just too sensitive? Do you like flower arranging? Making quiche?
These are all the real warning signs that all is not well with you dear.
Chris on telephone to helpline.
My parents wouldn't understand. I'm scared to talk to anyone about this whole thing... no, I'm too scared to talk to my friends, they're all normal...
A youth group, with people just like me? I would really like that... this is incredible, I thought I was the only one like this.
He then told me about when he came out. His parents had him sectioned. While sectioned he received electroshock aversion therapy, and this is only twenty years ago.
Chris is rejected at lesbian and gay meeting:
All you make people do is choose, and I can't do that. This is supposed to be a safe place. You can't force me to be one or the other!
It's just the same as you trying to do something against your nature. You just can't! I can't choose to be one or the other, so screw you!
'To Margaret, don't get too lonely. Perhaps this is something you might need.
With love, Jonathan.'
Oh now wasn't that sweet of him?
William lays flowers on grave:
but neither of you tell me to keep quiet. I'm far too old for that!
I asked our councillor and equality representative, why? And all they came away with was, 'even councillors may be homophobic!'
When I was your age, things were as tolerant as they are now, then the media published some homophobic articles and WHOOSH, the pendulum swung against us.
It was a hard battle to get it to swing back the other way, and we thought we were winning when AIDS struck, and WHOOSH, away went the pendulum again. That's when my generation and Donald's battled to get it to swing back again.
I've become a much stronger person now with the support of my many diverse friendships, so my motto is to assume nothing about sexuality.
I was supported by the LGBT community, who were the only ones who had the expertise to help me in my plight.
We may have come some way legally, but we still have a long way to go on the street.