The report is a critical examination of
Liverpool’s recognised ‘queer quarter’
and an investigation into
s homosexual community. The three main themes thatstructure the report are outlined in the social research questions:i)
How “gay” is the ‘queer quarter’, and how is a sexualised place achieved here?
Who is included and excluded in the ‘queer quarter’ of Liverpool?
iii) What is the relationship between commerce and
culture in the ‘queer quarter’?
The report will begin by questioning the notion of a gay presence in the Liverpool
‘queer quarter’. Oswin’s (2008)
paper on deconstructing queer space will provide an academicbasis, upon which other theories will then be applied to the results from the fieldwork. A
discussion on how, and the extent to which, the ‘queer quarter’ is (homo)sexualised
atdifferent times, will lead into the theme of socio-spatial inequality and identity. The work of Bech, Bill, Binnie and Castells
and the concept of ‘difference’ will be used to understand
the socio-spatial inequalities that serve to include and exclude participation within the
‘queer quarter’. Exclusion caused by an inability to consume will lead into
the finaldiscussion: the
relationship between commercialisation of the ‘queer quarter’ and a cultural
provision for the homosexual community. Having met with and read Homfray
(2007)thesis, his critique will be discussed, together with the fieldwork data, to comment upon theeffects that the proximity of
Manchester’s ‘gay village’
has had on the development (andcommercialisation)
of Liverpool’s ‘queer quarter’
. Articles on consumption and culture inqueer space, by Casey (2004), Chasin (2000), Myslik (1996) and Taylor (2008), willsupport findings from the social research, which include
plans to regenerate the ‘queer quarter’
and annual LGBT events in the city. The report will discuss the academic theoriesand concepts alongside the results from the social research; however,
which is a study of an array of non-normative sexualities and challenges the norms of sexuality (Jagose, 1996), underpins the discussions and debates introduced in the report.
The Liverpool ‘queer quarter’ is located
predominately in and around Stanley Street,as shown in the maps (figure 2 & 3, appendix); however, there is a secondary area aroundBold Street and the
Foundation for Art and Creative Technology
(FACT). This report willfocus on the geography of the
that is located in and aroundStanley Street, but with an appreciation for the establishments in the secondary area.Historically, an unofficial (due to homosexuality
illegal status) queer quarter was situatedaround Queens Square, but when this area was demolished in 1970, to build
‘St. JohnsShopping Centre’
, the community moved out and expanded the Stanley Street area as the
s most identified, visible queer space; however, this report brings into question thenotion of how real the presence of a gay zone is in the city of Liverpool.