Great party to celebrate birthday of a true friend
IT included a free hot buffet, tea, coffee, live music, a disco, special awards and an entertaining, informative review of a proud 30-year history.
All this was the work of Andy Cave, chief executive of Derbyshire Friend, with the help of his conscientious team of staff and volunteers who hosted a successful birthday party at The Spot Conference Centre on Friday, March 1.
Derbyshire Friend, the gay charity located on Friary Street, has been improving the lives of lesbians, gay men, bisexuals and transgender people for the past three decades.
However, I go back further. As an isolated teenager of the homophobic 1960s, I had to meet my friends in the Turkish Baths on Reginald Street.
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We were barely tolerated in certain places. I can remember being frozen out by my own kind.
These were the superior, secretive, sneering, professional men who, in a climate of fear, rehearsed their artificial vowels in the Friary Hotel in an effort to demean the "lower orders".
In January 1983, Derbyshire Friend began the long and difficult process of rescuing me and many thousands from all that. I'm so grateful.
For more information, call 01332 207704, e-mail email@example.com or visit www.gayderbyshire .org.uk.