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Going out in style.
A few years ago I met Cynthia Payne just before the start of the trial in which she exposed the sex related laws of this country to ridicule. She spoke then of plans to open an old folks home where the old people actually enjoyed being there.

Now I don't know exactly what she envisaged as enjoyment but I could hazard a guess. I don't know how far she got with the idea but it did start me off thinking about the tidal wave of gay men liberated by the changes in the law some 25 years ago. The men who were in the 20 to 30 age bracket then are now in the 45 to 55 age group. Their needs are different now and will be different in another 10 years.

I suppose that the growth in gay travel companies, hotels and resorts catering for the more affluent and often older gay men is one of the signs of the tidal wave influencing the commercial world. The growth of gay restaurants and the polarisation of drinking places into discos for the boy babes, coffee shops for the twenty somethings and the traditional pub for the rest represent another sign of the times. Is it my imagination or do gay pubs incorporate more seating than they used to ?

Perhaps not, I can hardly imagine the Colherne with cute little settees hidden in the gloom and tea dances on Sunday afternoons but who knows, anything is possible. 

Age Concern are one of the more enlightened charities which do seem to have made an effort to look at the needs of gay men but can you imagine at 70 being incarcerated in a privately run profit making old peoples home approved by a penny pinching tory government full of old straights all going on about their darling great great grandchildren. ?

Couldn't we have a few old peoples homes for gays and lesbians . I imagine those aimed at gay men being tastefully decorated with lot's of cute care assistants, drag entertainment in the evening or Abba discos. Coach trips to Brighton and funerals on a grand scale when you finally slip off this earth.

Massage would be available as a modest priced extra and there would be a 'special' channel on the TV in each bedroom. There would be quiz nights with knowledge of the film stars of the thirties a distinct advantage and alcohol and other stimulants would be available at all hours.

Instead of boring white bathrooms there would be a black painted shower rooms and sauna with ultraviolet lighting. Part of the garden would be densely covered in shrubs and bushes and there would be model plain clothes policemen hanging around. There would be a well equipped gymnasium open free of charge to local gay men and a viewing gallery for residents.

The more I think about the possibilities, the more I think there is a golden business opportunity here for someone to exploit. In fact it sounds so good I think I would be the first to book a place.


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