Between 2010 and 2017, the number of LGBT venues decreased by 61%, which represents half of the existing sites.
The University College London’s Urban Laboratory highlighted the main reason for the decline. The problem wasn't related to declining demand but to the lack of protective legislation.
There are now 50 LGBT venues!
“I’m proud that our capital stands as a shining light of diversity to the world and it’s important to me that the LGBT+ community always feels that they have a home in London," Mayor Sadiq Khan said.
“LGBT+ venues play a vital role in supporting the community and that’s why I’ve been working hard to support them with the capital’s most pro-LGBT+ planning strategy ever and my LGBT+ Venues Charter.
“I’m pleased that numbers have stabilized this year and urge even more venues to show their support for the community and ensure we halt the long-term decline.”
The LGBT+ Venues Charter protects venues at risk of closure or changing use.
Now the number of venues for our community is rising again in London!
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