Profile - The gay apology

About time too...

24th June, 2018

In the year I was born, 1974, Martin Barnes set up a gay helpline in Dublin. It had a small office on Leeson Street with a table and one chair.

They wanted to call it Gay Switchboard, but the national phone company, P&T, refused to let them use the word ‘gay’ in the telephone directory. So they called it Tell-A-Friend.

Barnes recalls getting a “silent call” one time: the caller was so...

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