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Suits in the 60s


“They were all very discreet and in those days even the mid sixties, we all used to dress to go out not like the rag bags you see about these days but we used to dress to go out and we’d have wonderfully polished shoes.  I would polish my shoes and go out in shoes and a suit and a tie maybe - or a twin set even, if you make yourself stand out a bit without being one of the herd.
Probably you could tell gay people because they were smarter than the average but that probably applies today as well.  But I’ve no recollection at all of any anti-gay from businesses or, in fact, from these bars because it was their living.  It was pre ’65 when they were a bit tetchy about the odd police raid, I would say.

Contributed by: Robin McGarry, 66

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