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Let’s face it – most LGBT venues and nights offer up a menu of mainstream pop with perhaps a bit of more popular indie. Alternative LGBT clubs and club nights are few and far between. With even super-successful alternative LGBT clubs like Ghetto in London shutting down over the years (oh the nostalgia!), DIVA decided to speak to some club-goers, promoters and campaigners to see how they felt about the LGBT alternative scene.

Kat Andreas is a trustee of the Queer Alternative. “Queer Alternative is a network which raises awareness of LGBT people within the alternative scenes and subcultures,” she explains. Andreas is concerned that “losing so many small venues” has been a particular struggle for promoters of alternative LGBT nights. “Queer Alternative works directly with promoters in the south. If someone is running a queer-friendly night with an alternative theme, then we can help promote it.”

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