Rainbow Hamlets has today released a letter to Lutfur Rahman, Tower Hamlets Executive Mayor, setting out why the White Swan is not a Sex Entertainment Venue under the terms of the Local Government (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 1982, and calling upon the local authority therefore to immediately exclude the gay venue from the purview of the forthcoming Sex Establishment policy.
As Co-Chairs Jack Gilbert and Rebecca Shaw write, “The key issue is whether, as defined by the Act, the provided entertainment is ‘of such a nature that, ignoring financial gain, it must reasonably be assumed to be provided solely or principally for the purposes of sexually stimulating any member of the audience.’”
“Neither the operators nor the customers of the White Swan see the event as exploitative in any way or primarily for sexual gratification. We invite the Council to reach the same conclusion and make plain that the White Swan is not a Sex Entertainment Venue.”
In response to the letter, discussions with the Mayor’s Office have been scheduled to commence this week. A copy of the letter can be viewed here.