A new LGBTQ Community Centre for London
A new LGBTQ+ Community Centre has opened for a six-month pop-up in the heart of Central London
The Centre provides a cafe, lounge space, social space for events, and LGBTQ+ specific service provision – including mental health, sexual health, and services supporting trans, youth and older LGBTQ+ people.
Situated in the Bankside precinct – just between Tate Modern and Blackfriars – the community centre will operate for six months.
The volunteer-led space is designed to be a safe, inclusive, sober, intergenerational and intersectional space run by the community for the community.
Some of the upcoming events at the Centre include:an LGBTQ+ Winter Market with offerings from independent, local queer artists, a Polari workshop, a Queer Book Club, as well as free regular yoga and meditation classes. The Centre is encouraging community groups, individuals, charities and organisations to get involved and be part of the venue’s programming.
“I fell in love with the idea of actually having a space that the LGBTQ+ community could call home…” explains Chloe Davies – a Trustee of the Community Centre – reflecting on what drew her to become part of the project.
“During the CrowdFunding process, we could really feel the momentum building – we could feel the community really getting behind the idea of what this Community Centre could be.”
“This six-month pop-up will enable us to map out the entire blueprint of what our permanent home will look like…” adds Davies, reflecting on the objectives of this stage of the project. “We’re building a framework of how we create a space where people can come together and celebrate joy and also heal.”
“Our aim is to create a safe space that reflects the broadness of our community – a space that’s intersectional and intergenerational and inclusive in the widest sense of the word. Even children. I’m a mother – I have children. My children will here.”
“Obviously, there’s going to be some challenges…” acknowledges Davies. “Not necessarily from within our community but from the challenges that we all navigate – every day, in everyday life. People have opinions. Through the Community Centre, we’ll be able to show solidarity, we’ll be able to empower each other.”