A New Queer London: LGBTQ+ communities and spaces beyond Covid-19

The London LGBTQ+ Community Centre team has recently launched a new research study for all LGBTQ+ Londoners.

The research looks at the impact of the pandemic on LGBTQ+ communities and spaces. The team hope to understand what queer Londoners need from an LGBTQ+ community space in the wake of Covid-19 in order to shape the future of the LGBTQ+ community centre service offering.

Sarah Moore, a spokesperson for the London LGBTQ+ Community Centre said “Covid-19 has changed everything, for everyone. Not only has it meant that we can’t be together physically, but it’s also changed the way we navigate and interact with all spaces – including queer spaces.

“In 2018 we ran a research project looking into the need for the LGBTQ+ community centre, asking community leaders, community members, groups and charities to take part. This included questions on the services the community would like to see provided, even what you would want the space to look like.

“As we begin to recover from the pandemic, it’s essential that we take stock. We must check in with the community, listen and find out if our initial research still stands, or if they need more physical, more digital, more – or less – of anything, to make the most of the space.

“The Centre will be a place to heal, to connect, to renew. We will be what you make us – for the community, by the community.”

The Centre team is hosting two live Focus Group sessions at Peckham Festival on September 18 and 19 2021 between 12-1. Participants are encouraged to sign up on their website here: www.londonlgbtqcentre.org/focusgroups. More information about Peckham Festival is available here: peckhamfestival.org 

To take part in the London LGBTQ+ Community Centre’s research study, visit: www.londonlgbtqcentre.org/research 

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