A queer guide to the UK
If you’re looking for somewhere to live in the UK, what are some of queer criteria that you should be measuring potential locations against?
Obviously, beyond gayness, there might be other factors that influence where you make your home. You might have to be near your work, or family, or maybe you don’t like bagpipes.
But, bearing all that in mind, let’s take a quick pass at some locations in the UK and measure them against our objective queer criteria.
Are there LGBTQ venues? Yes, Plenty of bars and some niche options. The notional hub of activity is Soho, but you’ll find a queer night out in places such as Vauxhall, Clapham, and Haggerston.
Are there LGBTQ sports teams? Yes. Volleyball and Swimming are the powerhouses, but name a sport and there’s going to be a queer club that will welcome you.
How much does a Mojito cost? Cost of living can vary enormously across the UK, and London is about as expensive as things get. You’ll be spending most of your money on housing, but if you’ve got some change left over, then the average cost of a cocktail is £12.
Summary: If you’re wanting to live your best queer life in the UK, then London is the obvious choice. However, it’s not for everyone. It’s a massive city that can sometimes be hard to find your feet in. It’s an expensive place to live, and the LGBTQ community can feel a bit fragmented.
Are there LGBTQ venues? Yes. Canal Street is the spiritual home of LGBTQ life in Manchester, and it’s a lot of fun.
Are there LGBTQ sports teams? Yes, there’s a vibrant queer sports community in Manchester. They’re very good at gay football.
How much does a Mojito cost? There are some expensive bits of Manchester, but prices are a noticeable step down from London. You might pay £10 for a Mojito, but there’s bound to be a 2-for-1 offer on the go.
Summary: Manchester is generally a bit friendlier than London, but it is not an international city in the way that London is.
Are there LGBTQ venues? Yes, heaps.
Are there LGBTQ sports teams? There’s definitely some. Brighton has a vibrant and visible LGBTQ community, that is generally fairly welcoming. Your dog is vegan? You’ll fit right in.
How much does a Mojito cost? Sure, there’s expensive places in Brighton, but in general life leans towards the cheap-and-cheerful side of life. You could pay £10 for a Mojito, but locals would assume that you’re a tourist just in town for a night out.
Summary: What makes Brighton really pop is its beach-side vibe. It’s a bit more alternative, a bit more political, and an express train to London can give you the best of both world.