New street signs are going up in Liverpool’s Stanley Street Quarter to show that it is the city’s officially recognised gay village.
It will become the UK’s first city to recognise its LGBT Scene in this way.
Signs, which incorporate a rainbow arch to recognise the LGBT community, will be used on Stanley Street, Cumberland Street, Temple Lane, Eberle Street and Temple Street. The rainbow motif is a symbol of LGBT pride and LGBT social movements that has been in use since the 1970s.
The first sign will be unveiled at 2 pm November 11 outside the Lisbon pub on Stanley Street by the Deputy Lord Mayor, Councillor Sharon Sullivan, in a ceremony to be attended by representatives of the LGBT communities, local businesses and residents.
Adoption of the new signage follows a wide-ranging consultation involving the LGBT community, residents, and business owners.
The new signs are one of the first initiatives following the endorsement in August by the City Council’s cabinet of a report by Feria Urbanism to look at developing a vision and identity for the Stanley Street area.
Candice Fonseca, proprietor of Delifonseca, said: “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.”
Adam Simpson from the Liverpool LGB&T said: "The Liverpool LGB&T Network are proud to see such a visible indication of the joint work between the community, business and Liverpool City Council. 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."