How The Liverpool LGBTQ+ Scene Has Impacted The World

Updated: May 17

The Liverpool City Region Has A Historic And Vibrantly Evolving LGBTQ+ Culture

Stanley Street, the focal point of The Gay Quarter in Liverpool City Centre (Credit: The Liverpudlian/Peter Eric Lang).
Stanley Street, the focal point of The Gay Quarter in Liverpool City Centre (Credit: The Liverpudlian/Peter Eric Lang).

The Gay Community in Liverpool has often converged from its various boroughs and culminated in the City Centre. From Liverpudlians such as Pete Burns and Paul O'Grady that pushed the boundaries for greater expression, to Clive Barker breaking the mold and becoming one of the first openly gay horror directors.


The Liverpool City Region is full of expression and has brought to the world a number of people that have helped others feel empowered to be themselves.


Here are some of the fantastic achievements that Liverpool, and its LGBTQ+ champions, have to be proud of.


The First Designated Gay Quarter In The UK

Liverpool was the first city in the UK to have a designated Gay Quarter. It is generally referred to as the Liverpool Gay Quarter, The Stanley Street Quarter (as it is centred around Stanley Street), or just simply as Gay Town. You will be able to know when you are in The Gay Quarter as the street signs have a rainbow on them.