UCL Urban Laboratory


LGBTQI Nightlife in London research project launched with Queer Spaces London

31 May 2016

LGBTQI Nightlife in London research website

UCL Urban Laboratory in collaboration with Queer Spaces London are undertaking research on nightlife spaces that are important to London's Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer and Intersex (LGBTQI) communities.  We are seeking information from individuals, businesses, performers and promoters who contribute to London's LGBTQI nightlife spaces via an online survey. By gathering community knowledge from people with a range of perspectives, identities and experiences we hope to capture the diversity, complexity and value of LGBTQI nightlife spaces.

So that we can understand how different phases of London's regeneration have influenced LGBTQI spaces, our research will focus on gathering evidence of spaces that have opened, closed or continued from the mid-1980s to the present. There has recently been wide reporting and activism around the closure of commercial LGBTQI spaces, with a number of ongoing high-profile cases in the media. We are also aware of a number of new spaces and events that have launched recently. And in the present moment, following the election of the new Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, and London Assembly members, there are renewed discussions of policy change to support culture, social integration and the night-time economy. In this context, we hope our research will contribute positively to these debates, adding evidence on what is happening or has recently happened, and on what kinds of spaces LGBTQI communities, in all their diversity, value.

We hope that you will take the time to contribute your views and expertise. Given the timeframe of influencing the Mayor and GLA's strategies, we're keen to hear from you as soon as possible - we aim to finish gathering information by 15 June 2016.

Please circulate the project website and survey amongst your networks and encourage others to respond. There are different surveys for community members, venue owners and managers, event promoters, and performers.

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