“Having more LGBTQ+ people in positions of power is important because we can set the tone"

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“Having more LGBTQ+ people in positions of power is important because we can set the tone"

London’s Night Czar, Amy Lamé, says she is “hugely happy” at City Hall because she gets to work with the Mayor who she describes as an “amazing” LGBTQ+ ally.

In this year's general election we elected more LGBTQ+ MPs to parliament than ever before, 45 in total. However, Lamé says more representation on its own is not enough:

“Having more LGBTQ+ people in positions of power, particularly in politics, is important because we can set the tone.

"Often it’s from the top down that these future changes happen and i think its important we have more LGBTQ+ representation in all areas of elected office, but I also think its important to realise where our allies are.”

Lamé is now nine months into her new role at City Hall and LGBTQ+ venues continue to be her top priority. According to a new report by UCL Urban Laboratory, in the past 11 years we have seen the number of LGBTQ+ venues here in the capital fall by 57 per cent.

She has now published a new charter for venues, the first step in curbing the fall in the number of LGBTQ+ pubs and clubs. Lamé has personal experience in this after putting a lot of work into protecting the Royal Vauxhall Tavern, the venue where she holds her weekly club night Duckie.

“I don’t see myself living a double life, I am living my life.

"As Night Czar it would be absolutely preposterous if I got this job, then all of a sudden all I was doing was working 9am to 5pm in an office.”

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