UCL Urban Laboratory


Taking Up Gay Spaces

28 November 2015, 6:00 pm

Taking Up Gay Spaces

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The Glory, 281 Kingsland Road, London E2 8AS

With the recent closure of some of London's most treasured gay bars, and the exciting opening of new ones, now seems like a pertinent time to take stock of our want and need for LGBT-friendly spaces. What are the current trends in gay clubbing and what do they tell us about our LGBT lives? Now that gay bars are no longer geographically ghettoised, what does the new gaybourhood look like? And what impact are apps, gentrification and local council policies having on LGBT nightlife?

This panel discussion organised as part of the Fringe! Queer Film and Arts Festival will be chaired by the journalist Amelia Abraham at East London gay bar the Glory. Panellists include Dalston Superstore owner Dan Beaumont, queer female club night curator Stav B, and Director of UCL Urban Laboratory Ben Campkin. Filmmaker and drag queen Samuel Douek will present video work demonstrating the cultural importance of spaces like The Royal Vauxhall Tavern, the George and Dragon and Camden's Black Cap.

Free entry.