Gross Indecency party by Club Duckie with the Actionettes (part one)
A surreptitious 1960s gay club in Camden - with a dancing police raid!
(Camden Centre, London. Photos ©urban75, 3rd July 2010)
We've always been big fans of the folks at the Duckie Club, and we went along to their 'Gross Indecency' night in the delightful Camden Centre.
The event took place on the same day as London Gay Pride, and was themed to be an illicit gay club in the early 1960s before the sexual offences bill was passed (this legalied homosexual acts in private for consenting adults over 21).
In the early-1960s, homosexuality was a criminal act, so the flyer advised clubbers to, 'Please try to attend with a member of the opposite sex for your own protection.'
Here's who were invited: 'Effeminate dilly boys, dusty dykes, divers, modest mods, retrosexual rockers, sister george, closet cases, toffs, spivs, Belgravia brasses, married men, Jamaican sailors, ladies in tweed and the criminal underworld.'
We had a ball.
The tickets came with these special keys and passwords to get into the club.
Actionettes danced in several cages around the dance floor.
Dusty Springfield (Tina Oberman) was great.
The Actionettes take to the stage.
Now *that's* a costume!
The Butch Femme fashion show begins!
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