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Our next meeting

Thursday 21 July 2016
6.30pm

The Village, 81 Wardour Street, Soho, London W1D 6QD MAP

Village Bar Soho

Join fellow GBA and GPN members in July when we meet in the Village Bar at the end of Old Compton Street! The first floor is reserved for us.

During the course of the evening you have the opportunity to promote your business or yourself, please indicate that you wish to do so on the registration page. Expect a mix of great people and conversation to make meaningful social and business contacts.

Registration £10 for GBA members
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In or out?

At our meeting in May Sir Stephen Wall GCMG LVO spoke to GPN and GBA members about the pros and cons of the vote to remain or leave EU on 23rd June.

Sir Stephen Wall

A show of hands indicated that most members were in favour of staying in, with two main issues in support: the ease of doing business throughout Europe; and the support for LGBT equality.


Stephen is a gay man and for five years (1995-2000) was the British Ambassador to the EU in Brussels and then, from 2000-2004, Tony Blair's adviser on the EU. He is no longer in the Civil Service but is active on EU issues and thinks that is important for businesses to be aware of the implications of Brexit. Moreover, there are obvious implications for LGBT rights in Europe more generally if one of the countries with the strongest LGBT rights records leaves.


Previous meetings


Future meetings

GBA and GPN meetings in London are usually held on the Third Thursday of the month in changing venues.

Read about our previous meetings here

We would like to hold meetings outside of London. If you'd like to help, please contact Steve


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All the LGBT professional and business members of the UK's Gay Business Association send our love and condolences to the families and friends of those killed at The Pulse this weekend.

The Gay Business Association was formed at a time when our bars were being raided by police and our retailers refused council licences. The murders in Orlando remind us that we must not be complacent, and that we need to continue our work to promote best practice in employment, support inclusiveness, and unite against those who would have LGBT people live in fear.

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...a gunman launched what police say was a "domestic terrorism incident" at a gay nightclub in Orlando, Florida. Police say an officer working as a security guard inside the Pulse nightclub exchanged fire with the suspect at about 2am local time (7am UK time), before a hostage situation developed, a team of officers entered the club and shot dead the gunman.
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