Plans to revamp Liverpool’s gay quarter unveiled

Liverpool's Stanley Street is to be promoted as an international gay attraction.

City leaders believe a vibrant gay village around Stanley Street is key to the future economic success of Liverpool city centre as an international tourist destination.

The area already has a thriving set of bars and pubs and a consultation is under way to get views on how the area can be marketed to compete with other cities' successful gay districts.

The council said that at "a time of austerity" the quarter could become a "key economic driver".

Councillor Nick Small, cabinet member for employment and skills, said: "The area around Stanley Street has developed over time to be the city's gay quarter.

"We have made strides in this in recent years and are being seen as a more gay-friendly city than was the case a few years ago. The success of the Pride festival last year was evidence of that.

Last year, Liverpool held its first Pride festival in more than a decade and it has already been announced that this year's event will be held on Saturday, 6th August 2011.

Liverpool has also celebrated Homotopia, an LGBT arts festival, for the last seven years.

Date: 22 February 2011


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