Earlier this week we shared the sad news that Camden’s iconic LGBTQ pub The Black Cap had unexpectedly shut down. The closure came as a serious blow to fans of the pub, which has played a massive role in London’s queer culture for over 50 years and was even awarded ‘Asset of Community Value’ status from Camden Council just last month. But The Black Cap community aren’t taking the news lying down – they’re planning a protest outside the pub this Saturday from 1pm to 5pm. It’s being organised by a new collective called We Are The Black Cap, who are asking people to come down dressed in their ‘finery and fabulosity’.The organisers said: ‘The protest on Saturday is to express our anger at the unceremonious closer of such an amazing venue, to remain visible in the eyes of the public and the owners, and to mobilise the community surrounding The Black Cap to fight for its survival.’
Following the closure of The Joiners Arms in Hackney last year and with the Royal Vauxhall Tavern under threat, the organisers want to fight against the closure of London’s LGBTQ venues. The Royal Vauxhall Tavern is also getting involved with the fight and has announced today that it has applied to English Heritage to make the venue a listed building.
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