Munroe Bergdorf's Plea to Save London Nightlife Amid Queer Venue Closures
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Munroe Bergdorf's Plea to Save London Nightlife Amid Queer Venue Closures

2 November 2023
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Munroe Bergdorf's Plea to Save London Nightlife Amid Queer Venue Closures

London's LGBTQ+ Heartbeat

Munroe Bergdorf, a prominent model and activist, has issued a heartfelt plea to safeguard LGBT+ nightclubs in the wake of a disturbing surge in hate crimes against transgender individuals across the United Kingdom.

Finding Sanctuary in Soho

Bergdorf's personal journey is deeply connected to London's Soho, where she found acceptance during her career and transition. She emphasizes the importance of preserving iconic venues in the LGBTQ+ scene, as they provide refuge and safety for marginalized communities, warning that their closure jeopardizes the lives of LGBTQ+ individuals.

Blaming Political Factors

In a candid moment, Bergdorf points a finger at the political landscape, attributing the decline of London's nightlife to the policies of the Conservative Party (Tories). She expresses her deep love for Soho and how it played a pivotal role in the formation of her trans identity. Bergdorf touches on the alarming trend of LGBTQ+ spaces vanishing, often replaced by apartments and transportation hubs.

Embracing Change Responsibly

She underscores the importance of adapting to changing times and highlights the need for new establishments to continue telling the stories that have empowered the LGBTQ+ community. Bergdorf underscores the profound impact these spaces have on the community's sense of belonging and support.

Transgender Hate Crimes on the Rise

Bergdorf points to the alarming statistics from the Home Office, indicating an 11% increase in transgender hate crimes in England and Wales within the past year. She acknowledges that increased discussion and "debate" around trans identity may have contributed to this rise. She stresses the need for increased awareness and better police identification and record-keeping of such crimes.

Upcoming Theatrical Experience at Here at Outernet

Bergdorf introduces "Priscilla: Queen of the Desert" at Outernet in London for March 2024, emphasizing love, acceptance, and individuality with a powerful soundtrack.

Personal Connection to "Priscilla: Queen of the Desert"

Bergdorf reflects on how the film and musical deeply influenced her as a young, queer child. She emphasizes the importance of reclaiming the term "camp" and discusses the liberating and inspiring nature of drag and fashion. She advocates for creating more loving and inspiring spaces that uplift drag and trans performers.

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