Save our strip clubs, save our jobs

Save our strip clubs, save our jobs

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Annie F started this petition to Michael Gove (Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities) and

My name is Annie and I have been a stripper for 19 years. I am a single mother to a three-year old in Edinburgh. I have no family to help with childcare and my daughter is only entitled to free childcare for only six hours, four days a week, preventing me from working in most jobs. If I cannot work as a stripper, I will be unable to pay my bills and we will be pushed into poverty.

Edinburgh Council recently voted by one vote to close down strip clubs in a year. Other cities, such as Chester and Swansea, have already banned strip clubs and Bristol is currently considering doing so. I am terrified about what will happen to myself and my daughter if I lose my job.

Supporters of strip club bans claim the bans will reduce violence towards women. There is absolutely no evidence showing this and we lose our income because of opposition by others outside of the strip club industry, without any evidence. Taking away our jobs only hurts strippers, who are mostly women and migrants.

Both Edinburgh and Bristol ran two expensive consultations on strip clubs, with none showing majority support for a ban. The Councils ignore countless workers, unions, and organisations who relentlessly tried to highlight the danger this would cause.

It is complete cruelty to remove our income as we enter the worst recession since the 1970s. It is also unlawful, amounting to indirect gender discrimination under the Equality Act 2010. This is because most strippers are women and removing strip club licenses lack any evidence justifying the harm they cause.

We now need to challenge Edinburgh's decision through the courts, which the Council will waste more public money defending. Such money could be spent on solving the housing crisis or fixing the welfare system.  Please sign this petition to save our jobs and demand an end to the closure of strip clubs.

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