Aims & Ethos

LGBTQI nightlife spaces in London: 1986 to the present

With the initial project, our aim was to build an evidence base to document the presence of existing and past LGBTQI spaces in order to understand the value of these spaces for LGBTQI and wider communities and to the cultures and heritage of London. The research profiled a range of spaces that have been closed since 1986, and those that are currently at risk, gathering data on the factors behind this; as well as documenting spaces that are successful, commercially or otherwise, and/or that have been protected by community action.

The following points outline the ethos underpinning our research:

  • The research was conducted with the intention of providing evidence to better understand the value of a diversity of LGBTQI nightlife spaces and productively contributing to current media, public and policy debates regarding, for example, venue closures, community value and architectural listings, licensing, etc.;
  • The researchers actively sought responses from people who organise and attend nights/spaces oriented towards LGBTQI communities, especially people of colour, women, trans and non-binary people, and older members of LGBTQI communities, with the aim of documenting and making diversity more visible within these communities;
  • The researchers used mixed methods to glean quantitative and qualitative information and developed bespoke methods suited to each research activity;
  • In designing  and conducting the research we be collaborated with, and drew on the expertise and contacts of, London’s Queer Spaces Network and the Raze Collective, a charitable organisation that supports performance in the UK;
  • On completing the research the data has been and continues to be presented publicly where possible. This has included our events at UCL, the CAMP-er-VAN at Peckham Festival, Goldsmiths, the Royal Academy and the Queer Performers Network at Oval House. 



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