With more than a million and a half Londoners working at night, the city’s nighttime economy is estimated at about $45 billion a year. But the number of LGBTQ clubs, bars and performance spaces in London has been decreasing dramatically. In fact, between 2006 and 2016, the number of queer nightlife venues declined by more than half. As Canada Research Chair in Urban Sexualities, Dr. Amin Ghaziani is trying to determine how the city is responding to this shift and what innovations the community is coming up with.
Ghaziani and his research team are investigating the effects of economic and cultural forces on the creative core of the city at night. Ultimately, they hope to better understand the forces behind the decline in queer nightlife spaces in London and other cities around the world.