Over 100 people show up in support of Birmingham’s gay village following questions about its future
This morning over 100 people showed up to Nightingales in support of Birmingham’s gay village which is currently under threat
THANK YOU! ?️??️??️?
A massive thank you to the 100+ people from the Birmingham LGBTQ Community who turned up at the @Nightingaleclub to make their voices heard to @BhamCityCouncil planning committee members to help Save Birmingham Gay Village! pic.twitter.com/Gq7Ved2uTB
— ZONE Magazine (@MidlandsZone) February 7, 2019
Birmingham's gay village is currently under threat due to planning proposals for residential blocks in the area. At 10am this morning over 100 people turned out to a planning committee walkthrough of the gay village to assess and discuss the upcoming developments of the surrounding area. After initial objections to planning proposals from Gay Village supporters back in December, talks have continued about if developments will go through.
Glad to have attended this meeting! Save Birmingham’s historic and vibrant gay village ?️??️??️? https://t.co/mzN4JhhFPP
— BordesleyandHighgate LibDems (@BandHlibdems) February 7, 2019
The objections come from the local gay scene, as the increased development of residential areas surrounding the gay village could mean the closure of many clubs and bars due to close proximity, and curfew laws.
There are already new and ongoing housing blocks that have been put up in the area, and future plans are being opposed in a desperate call to preserve Birmingham's gay scene.
The Gay Village provides a safe space for many lgbtq+ members and allies, creating clubs where everyone can feel accepted and have fun. It's a crucial part of local experience and safety for the lgbtq+ community in and around Birmingham.
Guys and gays, ladies and lesbians… desperate plea to help save the Birmingham Gay Village! This place was second home to me and my friends at Uni! The LGBTQ community NEED their space! Please email and RT if you can’t it make tomorrow! pic.twitter.com/IXtZP19KUj
— hannah ✨ (@Hannanar) February 6, 2019
Local councillors Cal Eden, Bill Gavan, Steph Keeble, Mac Clarke, Gabe Capes, Paul Aleksandr, Steve Ball, Terry Runcorn, Adam Carver, Lee Clarke, Soriah Lewin, and more turned out to listen to attendees of the walk through from the local community. The event aimed to demonstrate the importance of this community and keeping it safe as a cultural hub in Birmingham, hoping to prevent the proposal going ahead and possibly resulting in the closing of the gay village.
Almost at 3000! It would mean so much if my followers could spare one minute of their time to sign this petition to save the gay village in Birmingham! It is a safe place for many in the community and is under threat !!! @Nightingaleclub https://t.co/gcZAHji9hB
— georgia (@georgiabham_) December 18, 2018
The outcomes of todays walk through will be discussed at the next council planning committee meeting which takes place on Thursday the 14th of February.