Islington is an area that people tend to think of as very wealthy, especially since the whole Tony Blair era, and full of politicians and journalists. That’s part of it, but there is a really interesting history of it being a very politically radical borough. It had the first gay mayor, first gay MP. In the 1980s, the council actively encouraged applications to get gay people teaching in schools. Compared to everything else at the time, with Thatcher and Section 28, Islington was just completely out of step. It all started in there, pretty much. I did an exhibition about this; paintings and a text piece, and all these older lesbians came. It was really nice to be in a space full of them because they’re not a visible group in society, not en masse anyway. They told me in the 1980s, there were 7 lesbian bars within walking distance of the space we were in. They said it was great then, having so many clubs, but also that it was because they couldn’t go anywhere else and be safe. We’ve gained a lot of acceptance and rights, but lost community spaces where we can be separate.