London Mayor takes Action to Halt “shocking” Decline of LGBT Venues

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#1 London Mayor takes Action to Halt “shocking” Decline of LGBT Venues

Postby fountainhall » Sat Aug 05, 2017 11:45 am

It is not only in Thailand that gay venues are on a downward spiral. The city of London has seen the number of LGBT venues drop by 58% since 2006. Whilst the rise of the apps may be partly responsible, economic factors and the sheer greed of developers are also reasons. Now Sadiq Khan wants to reverse the trend.

Gay bars in London are closing down at such an “alarming” rate that the redevelopment of the Joiners Arms, an east London pub that counted Alexander McQueen, Rufus Wainwright and Wolfgang Tillmans among its regulars, will only get the go-ahead if it includes an LGBT club venue – and the mayor’s office will send an inspector to make sure it is gay enough . . .

The mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, has demanded that urgent action is taken to halt the “shocking” decline of LGBT bars, which he said were vital for the city’s economy and diversity. Khan’s office is pushing planners to do more to ensure that LGBT venues are protected from housing developments, which has led to the closure of several well-known bars in central and east London, including the Black Cap in Camden, The Queen’s Head in Chelsea and the Joiners in Tower Hamlets . . .

“I hold LGBT+ venues in very high regard and have made it clear that protecting them is an integral part of my plans to grow London’s night-time economy and culture,” Khan said.

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/ ... developers

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