BBC London news reports that amateur strip night at iconic LGBT venue the White Swan could be banned as a result of Tower Hamlet council’s recent sex establishment consultation. When invited to comment, we referred the BBC to our published response to the Council’s consultation on the proposed policy from which the BBC has taken the following:
“The fear expressed to us is that a licensing policy driven by a majoritarian approach by tightly knit, residential communities, may actually lead to an unwelcoming atmosphere for LGBT venues down the road and an unsafe atmosphere for LGBT people.”
As we understand it, the proposed policy is unlikely to be put before the full Council until April. However we are aware that this is a matter which people feel very strongly about. We have written today to the Council drawing their attention to the BBC report and expressing our fears for community cohesion if this matter is not handled appropriately. We have also offered our assistance to the Council in developing the final draft to mitigate the effects of the policy on the White Swan.
Click here to read our response to the consultation in full. (Opens in a new window in pdf format)