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Liverpool becomes first city in UK to recognize its ‘gay quarter’


LIVERPOOL, England — The city of Liverpool is installing new street signs in the city’s famed gay quarter, the first of which was unveiled outside the Lisbon pub on Stanley Street.

The signs, which appear along Stanley Street, Cumberland Street, Temple Lane, Eberle Street and Temple Street, have been introduced following the decision by the Liverpool city council to officially recognize the area surrounding the Stanley Street Quarter as the city’s official “Gay Quarter” last August.

The new street signage is one of the first visible initiatives to be implemented following this recognition.

One of the city’s LGBTQ activists, Adam Simpson from Liverpool LGBT Network, said that the new signage is a required step towards making the Stanley Street Quarter neighborhood, a prime destination for not only the LGBTQ community but tourists from all over the world.

“The Liverpool LGBT Network are proud to see such a visible indication of the joint work between the community, business and Liverpool City Council,” Simpson said. “We will continue to work together with the City Council to develop the Stanley Street Quarter into a first rate destination for residents and visitors,” he added.

Candice Fonseca, owner of the local Delifonseca delicatessen, remarked that the signs and the recognition of the quarter would benefit local businesses.

“As a local business, we are delighted with the new signage which is the first tangible mark of real change to come. By showing visitors to our city where and what the Stanley Street Quarter is, businesses like ours will be able to benefit,” she said.

City Councillor Nick Small, who, along with the city’s Deputy Lord Mayor assisted in the unveiling ceremony Friday said, “We need to start unleashing the enormous economic potential of the Stanley Street quarter and as one of the first moves we have to show that this is our gay village.’

“The new signs clearly show that we are recognizing where the LGBT scene is based in the city and that it is a very important part of our city life,” Small said.

Compiled from wire reports; additional reporting by Pink News UK.

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