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London gay bars wilt as tolerance blooms, property booms...


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Fresh out of jail and sporting tattoos on his neck and knuckles, 53-year-old Shaun Perkins sits in one of London's oldest gay pubs looking bewildered. In the 13 years that Perkins was jailed, London's gay scene has transformed. Lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) campaigners say that as many as a quarter of London's gay venues have closed in recent years as luxury flats and chain stores mushroom -- threatening to undermine the city's status as one of the world's gay capitals.


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