John recalls the impact
of the report and Act.
"When the Wolfenden Report came out
things are going to change now,
but they didn't.
It almost gave me a nervous breakdown,
the disappointment and misery
It was that which caused me
to have psychiatric treatment
at Maudsley Hospital.
They were very sympathetic there.
I believe they would have liked
to recommend me to some gay group,
but they couldn't because of the law.
Anyway, when they did
finally change the law in 1967,
things were much easier
because gay clubs and things
began to open,
but by then I was 57.
I always remember going
to this gay group for the first time.
I was a bit nervous.
I thought they might be
a queer looking lot of people,
but they were all quite ordinary people
They had coffee evenings
once a fortnight.
It made a tremendous difference."