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Bristol’s Mini-Pride set for August Bank Holiday

Once again Bristol, this huge metropolis which is reputed to have one of the largest gay populations of any city in the UK has failed to get its act together in time for a proper Pride Event. Plans are underway to rectify that for next year: every gay-run club and pub in the city has been approached to take part in an event due to happen in Castle Park and it looks, at this juncture at least, that we may finally get the Pride event we deserve in August 2009. Yet what about this year? Shay Malt who runs Push, the polysexual funk night at Flamingos, is organising BristoLove a one-day, one-off event taking place in Old Market. Billed as a ‘festival against homophobia and hate crime’, Shay has been working with other club night promoters including Bernie from Wonky and the boys from Duchess to ensure that the day has something for everyone. Planned for Sunday, August 24, Shay tells me: “Flamingos, Push, Wonky, the Old Castle Green, the Queenshilling, the Pineapple and realbristol.net are all involved. Entertainment will include the Push dance stage, a cabaret stage, a Wonky tent and a Bear Garden Party at the Old Castle Green, with a barbecue and DJs.” The amount of support shown for BristoLove so far goes to prove that the gay community in Bristol really do want some kind of Pride event. But it can only happen if we all support it. Starting at 1pm, and based around Braggs Lane ...

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Straight Spouses in the West

Posted on 28 June 2008 by Darryl W Bullock Over the last couple of years we’ve seen some very high-profile ‘straight’ marriages put under the spotlight as one partner has either been publicly outed or has decided to come clean about his or her sexuality. Take the case of Mark Oaten, the Liberal Democrat MP whose 13-year marriage was left in tatters after revelations about his sex life, or Michael Barrymore who spent two decades with his wife before famously outing himself in a London pub.

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New Support Network for Transgenders

Over the last 40 years, more than 5,000 people in Britain have successfully changed sex. Many are now successfully living in their now recognised gender, but there’s little doubt that most if not all transgender people will experience harassment and discrimination because of their gender identity at some point in their lives.

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Pink Face : The Pink Panda Show

It may seem surprising in this liberated age, but here in the West we have a very poor record on portraying homosexuality in animation. Outside of South Park’s Big Gay Al, the Simpson’s Patty Bouvier and Waylon Smithers, the recently-cancelled Drawn Together’s Xandir P. Wifflebottom and Queer Duck – the first animated TV series to have homosexuality as its predominant theme  just about the only gay characters you find are in Japanese animation.

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Bath tops Brighton in Gay Survey

Bath has been named as the second most romantic gay city in the UK – beating competition from Brighton, Oxford and Edinburgh, according to a poll conducted by a dating website with 17 per cent of those surveyed thought Bath was the most romantic city in the UK.

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THT to give grants to young peoples projects

The Terrence Higgins Trust (THT) Young Leaders Project is inviting groups of young people to apply for small grants to create and deliver their own sex and relationship education projects. The grants are to educate their friends and the wider community on issues relating to sexually transmitted infections, sexual health and HIV.

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The Griffin Returns

It should come as no surprise to any regular readers of this website to hear that the never-ending round of gay venue openings and closures in the area continues unabated. The Elephant/Ivory relaunched recently as the Market Place and Bristol’s other pub in the running for the longest-established gay venue mantle, the Griffin, reopened its doors recently, just a few short days after the previous incumbents had moved on.

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The Bears come to Town

With no Pride or Mardi Gras event taking place in Bristol in 2008, it’s once again down to the Bristol Bear Fiesta to show the gay community that the city really does know how to party. BBF is now in its fifth year, and chief organiser Niall Milligan has lined up the busiest three days so far in the festival’s history, with more venues, more events and hopefully more people visiting than ever before.

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