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A POPULAR Liverpool gay club has launched a petition urging the city council to allow it to open a 'safe space' until 7am.

OMG Liverpool - the UK's biggest gay club operator - opened a new venue on Victoria Street last year, which quickly became a key player in Liverpool's lively gay scene.

But now it is taking on the city council as it wants to launch a new venue that would be open until 7am on four nights of the week.

The club wants to convert its second venue, Sugarboys - which is based next to the main venue - into a new OMG Late bar that it says would offer the LGBT+ community a safe space to go until 7am on Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays.

But the company has run into Liverpool Council's saturation policy - which seeks to protect against anti-social behaviour, crime and public nuisance when looking at licensed premises. OMG bosses are calling on the public to back them over the new venue by signing a petition.

OMG's Matthew Causon said: "Although our community is becoming more accepted in mainstream society, the fight is far from over; especially in our Transgender community.

"We feel there is still a massive need for safe spaces within our city and this is more than apparent in after-hours times."

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Publication:Liverpool Echo (Liverpool, England)
Date:Aug 24, 2019
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