New queer community space for London rises from the ashes of XXL closure

After the closure of nightclub XXL left a gap in London’s gay scene, local councillors have secured a new LGBT+ space with aims to open by 2022. XXL was a fixture in London’s after-hours since 2000, being hosted in Pulse, a club in Southbank, since 2012. But a dizzying and drawn-out battle with developers resulted in the venue, which came under fire for femme/transphobia for its ‘men-only’ door policy, closing last year. Club owners compared the night’s closure to “social cleansing”, while community leaders decried what the space would become;...
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Attacker Shouts Homophobic Slurs, Douses Gay Man With Bleach While Volunteering At Charity Shop

(adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || ).push({}); On the same day a new report revealed that homophobic hate crimes in London have increased by 55% over a five-year period, a horrifying homophobic attack was reported by the victim’s partner, reports The Independent. “Today Joe was attacked,” Alex Redfern wrote about his partner, Joe Shannon, in a now-viral Twitter post. “He was covering a charity shop on what was meant to be his day off, someone came in doused him in bleach whilst shouting homophobic abuse,” he wrote. (adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || ).push({});...
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More than 50 homophobic hate attacks take place in London every week, new figures show

The number of homophobic hate attacks taking place in London has risen by 22 per cent in the last year alone, amounting to more than 50 incidents per week, according to City Hall figures. According to the Evening Standard, there were 2,835 hate crimes based on sexual orientation reported to the Metropolitan Police in the last 12 months compared with 2,307 in 2018. Numbers have seen a 122 per cent increase since 2011. In the last five years, hate crimes against trans people have nearly quadrupled, with 2,333 reports last year....
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