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Liverpool gay village plan frustrated by council

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  1. Joe Johnston 29 Sep 2008, 9:48pm

    A world city has to have a gay village and Liverpool will be the poorer for blocking one. Then again, look at what’s happened in the Capital of Culture year – Liverpool city centre is a building site – god knows what the impressions visitors take away with them. The word ‘dump’ springs to mind

  2. Regretably I’m still not convinced that Liverpool is ready for a gay cafe culture, though that doesn’t mean it shouldn’t push for one. Everywhere has to start somewhere, even if homophobia is still endemic through much of the city.
    And I agree with joe – for a capital of culture (one which I’ve recently moved to) the makeover seems kind of cosmetic. Boarding up derelict crack houses on Edge Lane by sticking colourful murals that look like someone’s GCSE art-project in the windows doesn’t amount to “home improvement”.

  3. I love Liverpool & would love to visit a proper gay quarter – as long as I can have a pint in the Lisbon – what a great pub!

  4. Chris Lowry 30 Sep 2008, 1:50pm

    I think the move to create more of a Gay Quarter is a fantastic news for both the gay bars/clubs in the area and the people who use them. Having that outdoor space would in my opinion really enchance the area and the kind of service that is being offered to the LGBT community in Liverpool.

    The city council should show more support to this development – after all it is what the people seem to want, and after all isnt that what they are there for!? Given recent homophobic attacks in the city, and the Capital of Culture status they should be showing everyone that Liverpool is an open mined and progressive city not just on paper – but through positive and real actions like this proposal!

    Lastly on the idea of equality – would they get away with only allowing Matthew St and Concert Sq (two ‘straight’ areas) to use their outdoor space from 10pm!? I think not!

  5. Chris Lowry 30 Sep 2008, 1:59pm

    I think that the creation of a gay quarter in the city is fantastic for both the bars/clubs in the area but also to the people who use them. I think that allowing an outdoor social space would really go along way to enhancing not only the area but also the kind of service being offered to the LGBT community here in Liverpool.

    The City Council should be showing more support for this move; it certainly appears to be something that people want, and after all isn’t that what they are there for – to provide projects such as this for the people of Liverpool? Given the recent homophobic attacks in the city, and the Capital of Culture status the Council should be showing that they are a diverse, inclusive and progressive city – not just on paper, but through positive and real actions such as this.

    Finally on the matter of equality – could they in all seriousness get away with only allowing areas such as Concert Square and Matthew Street (two typically ‘straight’ areas of the city centre) to only use their outdoor spaces from 10pm – I think not?!

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