Dr Jan Filmer, Senior Lecturer in Gender and Cultural Studies at the University of Sydney, agrees, saying this exclusion “potentially undermines sex shops, on-site sex venues, movie theater spaces. / adult cruise, saunas and baths – those parts of Oxford Street queer culture that some consider shady and that does not fit the acceptable version of LGBTIQ identity, culture and creativity that this proposal embraces .
Hendri Yulius Wijaya, author and writer, reiterated the importance of Oxford Street’s LGBTQI + identity, noting that she “is exemplary in her queer character. It’s “queer,” because it’s a gay cultural complex, where you can find everything queer-related and also connect with others in emotional, sexual, or even intellectual form. It provides a safe zone for the LGBTQI + community and preserves queer culture. “
The Oxford Street Cultural and Creative District planning proposal is open for comment until November 5, 2021. The district ranges from Hyde Park in Darlinghurst to Greens Road in Paddington.