Welcome to the
National SEV Coalition
Committed to ending discrimination against UK SEVs
WHAT IS AN SEV?
An SEV or Sexual Entertainment Venue is an establishment where live performance or display of nudity occurs 'principally for the purpose of sexually stimulating...the audience' (Policing and Crime Act, 2009). This includes strip tease, pole dancing, lap dancing and table dancing. These venues are commonly known as strip clubs.
These venues must renew their license annually. The law states that licenses cannot be denied on moral grounds. We are focused on ensuring that the UK's striptease clubs, pubs and other venues are not abolished, as this would take away the right to choose to work in or attend these venues.
The National SEV Coalition is is a network of strippers and sex workers in general, allies, activists, and academics who are speaking out against the threatened abolition of legal and licensed erotic entertainment.
The Coalition was started by dancers from the following groups to stop discrimination against and the closure of SEVs :
You don’t have to be in one of these groups to get involved. We support and welcome diverse views and identities. Perhaps you are a dancer and identify as a performer, not a sex worker, or maybe you aren't in the sex work or adult industry at all. If you share our view that SEVs should be kept open, we would love for you to get in touch.
We have many motivations for our commitment to keeping strip clubs open, this includes pushing for worker's rights, preventing violence against women and girls, and protecting individual freedoms.
The closure of clubs based on a morality argument is illegal and needs to stop.
That targeting strip clubs for closure is discrimination against women who choose their profession.
Workers and customers cannot always speak out due to societal taboos and prejudice. Therefore the voices of anti-strip club campaigners and others with morality-based arguments drive local government policy.
Biased data-driven surveys commissioned by anti-strip club movements create misinformation that drives opinions on the issue.
The opinions and experiences of dancers (and customers) are frequently overlooked or devalued
Closing licensed venues will have damaging ramifications for women.
We are also committed to the rights and safety of every sex worker. Everywhere.
WHAT'S THE PROBLEM?
In other sectors, the views of the key stakeholders are consulted. Unfortunately, due to social taboos, this is not the case for SEVs. The perspective of the workers - often women - are discounted. The service users - not all of whom are cis men - are unlikely to speak out.
Instead, the voices of anti strip club campaigners, a small section of the population, are amplified. Much of the evidence they cite barely stands up to evaluation. Women who work in strip clubs are unfairly targeted; burlesque and male striptease don't face the same discrimination. While these campaigners are entitled to their views, it's not their place to speak for us.
Stripping, strippers and their customers are often misrepresented by this lobby and the media. The people who know these venues inside-out are in the best position to discuss what happens in them and their impact on wider social issues. Keep checking our blog where you can read reliable evidence from experts.
When licensed venues are banned, not only do people lose their jobs, but they often find themselves moving into unregulated spaces where they are often unsafe.
Trust us... We know.
We respect that striptease isn't for everyone. But we live in a society where participating individuals have the right to engage in legal and consensual activities. This right needs to be preserved.
WANT TO HELP STOP ABOLITION?
CURRENT CONSULTATIONS AND HEARINGS
Make your voice heard and tell local councils what you think! Keep checking back for news on new consultations as they come up
Inverness has a council meeting on 25th April 2022
WRITE TO YOUR MP
Ensure your local MP is aware of these issues and hears viewpoints they might not normally hear because of taboo and stigma
Here's how to find your local MP
SIGN A PETITION
Show local councils that you are watching by signing these current live campaigns
NATIONAL: Stop putting people in harm's way - sign this petition.
BRISTOL: Remind the minority of anti-striptease Bristol City councillors that the majority of the public supports the city's strip clubs: Petition · Stop Bristol City Council from Closing Bristol's Strip Clubs · Change.org
SHOW YOUR SUPPORT
Add your name to this growing list. Taboos prevent people from outside this industry hearing our struggle. But we're confident that the facts speak for themselves. Even if attending an SEV isn't for you, you understand that this is about civil liberties, workers rights - human rights.
HAVE YOUR SAY
IS YOUR CLUB UNDER THREAT?
Get in touch using the form below if you want to make sure your local government observes proper process and evaluates the most important factors when considering a venue's licence.
ARE YOU A VENUE DOING A LICENSING RENEWAL?
Let us know so we can, where appropriate, contact the councils concerned.