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LGBTQI nightlife spaces in London

LGBTQI nightlife spaces in London

Initited in 2016 by Dr Ben Campkin and Laura Marshall, in collaboration with community groups Raze Collective and Queer Spaces London, this research project focuses on nightlife spaces important to London’s Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer and Intersex (LGBTQI) communities since 1986. 

The project uses surveys and archival study to map the breadth and diversity of the LGBTQI scene, gathering additional data from community members, venue managers, event promoters and performers through surveys, workshops and interviews. The research highlights the diversity of the capital’s LGBTQI nightlife, as an important contributor to neighborhoods and the wider night-time and cultural economy. Through survey and interview data it also shows the importance of these spaces to community life, welfare and wellbeing.

The research looks at London since 1986 – when the Greater London Council was disbanded, marking a shift in urban regeneration policy - to the present day - a time of wide reporting and activism around the closure of commercial LGBTQI spaces.

Interim report

In November 2016, we released our initial report from the project, which confirmed London’s LGBTQI nightlife spaces have seen a recent intensity of closures, with the largest threats to the most longstanding venues, and those catering to women and Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic LGBTQI people.

The report urges politicians and policy-makers, including the Mayor, to positively respond to closures and pressures on venues and other spaces by building protection and promotion of LGBTQI spaces into the London Plan and local borough plans and policies.

Greater London Authority commissioning

The Greater London Authority’s Culture Team have commissioned UCL Urban Laboratory to develop independent research on LGBTQI nightlife infrastructure in London to help inform the Mayor's Cultural Infrastructure Strategy. In making this commission, the GLA note the ‘significant work’ published in the report LGBTQI Nightlife in London: from 1986 to the Present.

In the media


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