London’s LGBT Social Life has been slowly disintegrating. The clubs that were well known, living in and around London, have vanished.
Some have left due to discrimination in the area, others have left due to rent raising and causing the club to shut.
A lot of things have been happening, but someone – who most people were surprised about – spoke up.
The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, has spoken on the matter and has vowed to protect the life and history of the LGBT+ clubs within London. Why?
Well, if you’re unfamiliar with Mark Ashton – he was a Gay Rights activist from the UK, and he was based in London. The city was a horrible place in the 1980s, and it was thanks to Mrs Magaret Thatcher.
Mark Ashton, however, didn’t seem to care. He was out, open, and happy with who he was and he used that not only to get his rights but to help the coal miners who were striking at the time.
So, as you can imagine – with a lot of the places in London promoting equality and sanctuary for LGBT+ people, Sadiq wants them to stay.
We have a lot of history in London – including the Admiral Duncan pub, which has been an LGBT+ bar for a long time – but was attacked in 1999 by Neo-Nazi David Copeland after he planted a Nail Bomb which killed 3 and wounded 70.
He attacked anyone he saw as a threat to British Life – POC and LGBT+ were his main aim.
So, for the LGBT+, London is history rich. And we’d like to say thank you to Sadiq Khan for protecting it.