London could be set to get a new community centre.
A proposed hub in London for LGBTQ+ people to find work, socialise, and receive help is closing in on its crowdsourced budget.
With a week remaining for people to pledge their support, the London LGBTQ+ Community Centre campaign is nearing in on its target and could see the 4,000 SqFt space become a reality for residents of the capital.
The Centre would become London’s only dedicated LGBTQ+ centre (let that sink in for a moment), running alongside the council-run Youth Groups across the capital. With added peer pressure and an alarming rate of unemployment and depression, it could just be the perfect time for such a place.
The London LGBTQ+ Community Centre aims to become an information hub that will feature research capabilities as well as providing a safe meeting point for LGBTQ+ people to meet, learn more about events in and around the city, and to find work. Not only that but the Centre will include LGBTQ+ friendly exercise classes, group therapy sessions, screenings, and talks, providing a one-stop place for a variety of different tastes and interests.
It’s not the first time a centre has been created in the city. London’s first non-commercial gay venue, the London Lesbian and Gay Centre, originally opened at the end of 1984 but subsequently closed six years later after debates of inclusion and a mounting financial loss. However, it’s hoped that the rallying support for the campaign, including from the Mayor of London Sadiq Khan and the fact that London’s LGBTQ+ venues have been disappearing at a diminishing rate, will help the centre provide a much needed space for Londoners.