London developers told apartment complex must include gay bar

London developers told apartment complex must include gay bar
Joiners Arms gay pub in 2012 (before it closed in 2015). (Image: Google via BBC)

[Ed. – This looks like a shameless way of shifting liability.  The development is at a site in Tower Hamlets, which used to be a gay pub.  But gay recreational venues are closing, in part because Tower Hamlets has become such a “diverse” neighborhood now, full of “Asian youth,” where gays are in frequent danger trying to make it in and out of bars.  Rather than deal with the source of the problem, the Tower Hamlets Council apparently wants to require developers to assume the liability for whatever dangers this situation poses to the patrons of a gay bar.]

A London council has told developers that plans for a building complex of offices and flats must include a gay bar to counteract the “alarming” rate at which gay bars are closing down.

Tower Hamlets have stated that the site of the old Joiners Arms gay pub can only be developed on condition that it “remain[s] a lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender-focused venue for a minimum of 12 years”. The Guardian added that “the mayor’s office will send an inspector to make sure it is gay enough”. …

The left wing newspaper also noted that City Hall’s ‘culture at risk’ office will be involved in assessing license applications to ensure the new bar will be “sufficiently LGBT” and not “a gay bar in name only”.

Decrying that more than half of gay pubs and nightclubs in London have closed since the advent of casual hook-up apps like Grindr, the paper pointed to the fact that the office of the city’s mayor, Sadiq Khan, is pressuring planners to do more to ensure that gay venues in the nation’s capital, which is experiencing a housing crisis, are ‘protected’ from housing developments.

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