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Lesbian says she was turned away from gay club heaven for ‘not looking queer’

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Lesbian woman claims she was expelled from popular club Heaven during London Pride because she ‘didn’t look strange’ despite arriving with her friend and another same-sex couple

  • A woman said she was rejected from gay club because she didn’t look queer
  • Olivia, who traveled from Bristol to London for a night out, says she was rejected for being ‘too feminine’ despite attending a group of lesbians
  • Heaven is one of the most famous and historic gay venues in the UK. The club is nestled in the arches below Charing Cross Station










A woman who attended one of Britain’s biggest gay nightclubs on a night of the canceled Pride Parade in London with her friend has revealed she wasn’t allowed to enter the club because she “didn’t look odd”.

Olivia, who traveled from Bristol to London for a night out, says she was rejected for being ‘too feminine’ despite attending a group of lesbians.

When she went to TikTok, the student, who has long blond hair and was wearing a fitted red dress, explained that she was told to go somewhere “not associated with the gay community.”

‘Hi. So if you’re a queer woman who “don’t look like a queer woman,” don’t go to heaven,” she explained.

I just got rejected on the grounds that I should go somewhere not associated with the gay community.

“On Pride, I got kicked out when I was with my girlfriend, and my friends who are couples.

“So that happened to me today. So just don’t bother going to heaven unless you’re gay, that’s basically it.’

Olivia, who attended the night out with her friend Em, and her friend’s Ellie and Elise, was inundated with comments stating that people had experienced similar situations.

Heaven is one of the most famous and historic gay venues in the UK. The club is nestled in the arches below Charing Cross Station.

Olivia is pictured with her friend Ems

A woman who attended one of Britain’s biggest gay nightclubs on a night of the canceled Pride Parade in London with her friend has revealed she wasn’t allowed to enter the club because she “didn’t look odd”. Right with her friend Ems

The venue brought gay clubbing into the mainstream, as previously many gay venues were small or hidden.

It has also been used as a vaccination center during the pandemic.

It attracts many A-list artists, including Dua Lipa, Madonna, the Spice Girls and Kylie Minogue.

FEMAIL has reached out to Olivia and Heaven for comment. A spokesperson for Heaven told MyLondon they were ‘sorry if the security team got it wrong’.

Olivia, who attended the night out with her friend Em, and her friend's Ellie and Elise, was inundated with comments stating that people had experienced similar situations.

Olivia is pictured after leaving heaven

Olivia, who attended the night out with her friend Em, and her friend’s Ellie and Elise, was inundated with comments stating that people had experienced similar situations.

“Just to clarify, the frontline security for Heaven is LGBTQ themselves,” a spokesperson told MyLondon.

‘[With] Saturday night was cancelled, Pride was extremely busy – and [on] busy nights we have a stricter door [policy] and prioritize regular customers in the sky.

“It was insanely busy with the queue to get in until 3:30 am.”

Heaven prides itself on being an LGBT venue and a safe place to go. Decisions at the door are to keep the venue safe and sometimes mistakes are made.”

Olivia, who traveled from Bristol to London for a night out, says she was rejected for being 'too feminine' despite attending a group of lesbians

Olivia, who traveled from Bristol to London for a night out, says she was rejected for being ‘too feminine’ despite attending a group of lesbians

Yesterday’s London Pride parade was canceled for the second year in a row due to the rising number of Covid-19 cases, but events for the LGBTQ+ community were held across the country.

Dozens responded to the video, saying they’d had a similar experience.

‘I worked on the door there in 2011 and I can confirm that the management and door management have always done that. I didn’t agree and still don’t,” one wrote.

Her friend Lauren Hudson, who was with her, added: “We all looked so fit too.”

Another said: ‘My boyfriend was rejected because his Siouxie and the Banshees T-short showed he was not gay.’

One said, ‘Exactly the same happened to me the last time I went.’

And another added: ‘This happened to me years ago too.

“But they only stopped me and my brown girlfriend—let everyone else in.”

One said, “As someone who just quit my job there, I noticed this was such a big deal! I reported it a few times, but they didn’t stop.’

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