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City call for gay village.

MERSEYSIDE'Sgay and lesbian community is calling for Liverpool to have its own version of Manchester's Canal Street.

The city needs to widen its range of leisure facilities for homosexual people, says the Merseyside Lesbian and Gay Community Forum (MLGCF).

A gay village within the city centre is one of the proposals being put forward to council leaders, said Mike Homfray, chairman of the MLGCF Liverpool branch.

He belie ves the creation of a gay village would help Liverpool's regeneration.

He said: ``Every weekend many gay and lesbian people from Liverpool go to Manchester.

All that money they are spending in Manchester would instead be spent in here.''

The MLGCF is also calling for improved support for gay and lesbian entrepreneurs following the lead from Manchester, which already has a branch of the Gay Business Association.

Cllr Mike Storey, the leader of Liverpool council, said the authority was in discussion with the MLGCF about increasing the role of lesbian and gay people in Liverpool.

He said: ``They have made a valuable contribution to the culture of the city and we will work hard with them to help them play a greater role in Liverpool life.''
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Publication:Liverpool Echo (Liverpool, England)
Date:May 6, 2003
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