In nightlife, that first encounter with security can be a delicate dance. Get on their good side, and you’re set for the night; have a negative encounter, and your night is over before it’s begun.
The man on the door (it’s usually a man) should be tasked with letting the good ones in and chucking the bad ones out – a great power that comes with great responsibility. And yet it’s not uncommon for that power to be wielded insensitively. According to a 2019 DICE survey, 64% of fans who went out more than once a week had been made to feel threatened or vulnerable by staff or security at events.
For members of the LGBTQIA+ community, the security experience can be even more fraught. Misgendering, invasive bodily searches and undue hassles over ID where assigned sex may not match gender identity, are common, and occasionally, things can even turn violent. Earlier this year, four queer guests were allegedly beaten by a bouncer at a queer party in Hackney, and another man was allegedly beaten by bouncers outside a prominent gay club in Manchester.