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Time To Get Fresh ?

It’s that time of year again, parents break into empty nest syndrome, Tesco runs out of Baked Beans, and the fountains in the centre creak under mountains of foam after some jolly soul empties fairy liquid down the spout.

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LGBT Health Summit to be held in Bristol

On September 4th and 5th the national Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) health summit will be held in Bristol. The third annual summit aims to raise the profile of LGBT people in the UK and the health inequalities they face. The event is being hosted by Terrence Higgins Trust and Equality South West.

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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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