FINANCIAL TIMES - Dec 12 - Dating apps mean LGBT people do not need physical spaces to meet one another. A recent survey from Match.com suggested that 70% of gay relationships start online, compared with 50% for heterosexual men. The Royal Vauxhall Tavern, south London's oldest surviving gay venue, faced an uncertain future two years ago as developers eyed its prime location; it is situated in one of the capital's real estate hotspots. "Without doubt the dating apps have had a detrimental impact on how people meet each other," says James Lindsay, chief executive of the RVT. English Heritage granted the building a Grade II listing, which means it is of special historic or architectural interest. But it does not remove the unfavourable economics of running a gay venue.
by Hugo Greenhalgh
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