One of Camden’s most iconic gay pubs has suddenly closed without warning.
The Black Cap closed its doors for the final time on Monday 13th not long after being named an “asset of community value” by Camden Council.
The much loved venue is said to already have new owners who are planning to reopen it as a cafe/bar.
The LGBT community however are not taking this lightly. Weekly protests have been staged, along with a Facebook group gathering a signatures for a petition to reinstate the pub to its former glory.
The Black Cap has been home to so many people since it opened its doors as a gay pub in the 1960s. It offers a safe haven to those want to express themselves fully without being judged.
Steve Binks, one of the Admin for the Facebook group #WeAreTheBlackCap said: “This venue was not just a ‘nightspot’, it was a community hub which allowed people to have a safe space in which to express themselves when other aspects of their life did not allow this. This has been taken from the community and is very difficult to find elsewhere in Camden or indeed North London.”
He added: “I’d say that the success of the petition clearly attests to the importance of the Black Cap. The fact that over 6000 people have signed the petition goes to show that this venue is hugely important, and that the new owners cannot ignore the huge cultural heritage and social role that the Cap has to play.”
Facebook/SteveBinks (Steve with drag queens Shangela, Laganja and Alyssa Edwards)
The Facebook group #WeAreTheBlackCap invites people to protests and educates The Black Cap’s followers about developments in their bid to save the iconic pub. They have almost reached their goal of 7,500 signatures on their petition.
To find out more information go to – www.facebook.com/groups/weareblackcap