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In the midst of LGBTQI+ venue closures, shifting understandings of what queer spaces mean(t) and provide(d), and, crucially, to whom, this roundtable discussion aims to facilitate an inter-disciplinary dialogue over the changing dimensions of queer spaces and the way they are experienced.

Whilst over the past decades societal understandings of diverse genders and sexualities have shifted, it is clear that these currents have been experienced unevenly. And while many hail the decline of the ‘gay ghetto’ or the ‘gay bar’ as signs of the increasing assimilation of LGBTQI+ people in wider society, others question the benevolence of these developments to explore what the loss of these spaces has meant for the community.

What is a queer space? What does it mean to have a queer space? And what is, if any, the potential for resistance, transgression, and/or subversion, amid growing urban inequalities and processes of neoliberal gentrification? In light of recent discussions over the nature of LGBTQI+ inclusion, it is also of vital importance to continue to foreground the lived experiences of queer subjects.

The Gender and Sexuality Studies Group at the Centre for the Study of Democracy are excited to be hosting this vibrant inter-disciplinary roundtable, exploring the shifting intersections between gender/sexuality and space at both the local and global level, in an effort to further understanding, dialogue, and appreciation of the various lived experiences of queer subjects.

Chair: Dr Daniel Conway (University of Westminster)


Register to attend

All are welcome to attend. To register, email Daniel Conway on [email protected]