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Mayor of London Endorses Gay Networking Website

Monday, 20 August 2007

Village Drinks, the social event and online community for gay professionals, has received an official endorsement from the Mayor of London, Ken Livingstone.

In a written statement of support, Ken Livingstone states: "I congratulate Village Drinks for establishing itself as a key social and professional network for lesbian and gay Londoners over the past two years."

The Mayor goes on to say that "Professional social networks such as Village Drinks unite communities, break down stereotypes, and open up opportunities for lesbian and gay Londoners."

The Mayor's comments come as the successful networking organisation prepares to celebrate its two-year anniversary in September.

Founded two years ago by Neil Spring adn Greg Healey, Village Drinks is a social community for professional people across London who define themselves as lesbian, gay or bisexual. Its website now boasts a membership of more than 5000 people and is sponsored by the investment bank, Merrill Lynch, and the legal firm Russell Jones and Walker.

The site is free for use and is considered one of the key social networking websites to watch in the coming months.

Neil Spring, one of the original founders said: "Everyone on the team is delighted to receive recognition from Ken for the work we have done and look forward to continue doing.

"Gay professionals everywhere can look to our organisation, our events and our website as a way of connecting like-minded people."

The organisers of the popular event are now looking at organising events in Brighton and Manchester for the autumn, a specialised media networking evening and a theatre club.

Ken Livingstone

Ken Livingstone

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