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Bristol Gay Pride

August 20, 2010

This Saturday will see Bristol’s first major gay Pride event.  It follows a programme of events during the week including films, comedy and of course rather a lot of partying and socialising.

I’m really glad that at last Bristol is having a Pride parade and a full day of activities in Castle Park.  Cardiff, Manchester and many other cities have staged successful Pride events for years, drawing visitors from all over the country.  I hope that this years Bristol Pride will be the first of many annual events and in time it will become a popular part of Bristol’s calendar of summer and autumn weekend festivals.  Of course, it’s not just for lesbian, gay and transgendered people – the festival is for all Bristolians and visitors to enjoy.

I spoke at the London Euro Pride in Trafalgar Square in 2006 in front of tens of thousands of people.  As the MP for Bristol West, who happens to be gay, I will certainly be more proud to speak in Castle Park at Bristol’s first major Pride.  I’m very grateful to the small team of volunteers who have given their time and put their careers on hold to make this event happen.  Let’s hope it’s a great day, even if it rains!

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5 Comments leave one →
  1. Cllr Jon Rogers permalink
    August 22, 2010 9:53 am

    Such a good day, despite the rain! Great music and thousands of happy people. Thanks to all.

    I see that the coalition government lost no time (June 2010) in clearly stating their determination to press on with the reforms of the Labour government to improve equalities…

    Click to access 424757_lgbt-factsheet_web.pdf

    The Coalition’s ‘Programme for Government’ made clear our determination to take concerted action to tear down barriers to equal opportunities and to build a fairer society. The UK is a world leader for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGB and T) equality, but we must not be complacent. That is why we are setting out an ambitious programme of work to tackle outdated prejudices and ensure equal chances for everyone, whatever their sexual orientation or gender identity. We will build on this programme by publishing an action plan later this year which will set out our detailed plans for delivery.

    PS. Good luck with the new blog.

  2. upendian permalink
    August 26, 2010 2:59 pm

    Three posts on three consecutive days and then …. o dear!

    What can Nicholas, Rebecca and Lara be doing?

  3. August 26, 2010 3:48 pm

    Stephen actually writes his own blog – not his staff. He’s on holiday at the moment, which is why he hasn’t added anything since 20th August.

  4. upendian permalink
    August 26, 2010 5:43 pm

    Thanks Alex. Nice to know not everyone’s constantly stuck to their crackberry or mobile blogging device.

    • September 5, 2010 9:27 pm

      and just to prove Alex’s point, here I am at 10.25pm at home in Bristol. I make my own blog comments and also update and use Facebook personally. However, my web site is updated by staff and the staff team also all use the House of Commons email that is in my name.

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