What the papers said

When reading old newspaper reports about gay men and lesbians (and sometimes even today's newspapers), one frequently asks oneself "where on earth do they get these ideas from"? The journalists either hadn't got a clue what they were talking about or simply made things up as they went along - often with malicious intent.

A notorious 1964 article in the (now defunct) Daily Sketch listed the characteristics of gay men under the title "How to spot a Homo". On reading the list, someone remarked "that sounds like Kenneth Clarke" - who definitely ain't gay.


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