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What Lies Behind Licensing Reviews in London?


Katy Dollar writing in the left wing paper Solidarity, which is published by the Marxist group Alliance for Workers Liberty, says that apparent anti-LGBTQIA prejudice seems to be motivating the London Borough of Tower Hamlets as they threaten queer sex positive clubs in the district Klub Verboten and Crossbreed. Klub Verboten released a statement on Instagram: “In this day and age, the council are seeking to dictate to informed, self-regulating adults what they can and, crucially, what they can’t wear?” They challenged the council, asking: “Is the sight of an ankle, bare shoulders, buttocks, cleavage and bare chests a matter of legitimate public interest?” The Solidarity paper notes Since the mid-2000s there has been a marked decline in the number of LGBTQ+ venues in London, often driven by rising rents due to gentrification and property speculation. Now more spaces are under threat as councils use moralistic anti-sex licencing clauses. Klub Vertboten point out that the Boudoir Club, a swingers’ club in Tower Hamlets aimed at a straighter crowd, has not faced the same issues. 

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