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Bristol to get it’s first rainbow crossing


To coincide with Pride Month and to celebrate the return of Bristol Pride in July, a crossing on Wine Street will be painted as the Pride flag. A street crossing will be marked with the Pride Progress flag which is inclusive of the transgender community and LGBT+ people of colour. The chevron symbolises a forward movement and that progress still needs to be made.

Speaking about the crossing, Mayor Marvin Rees said:

Bristol is a city that prides itself on its inclusivity, so I’m very pleased to announce that we’ve decided to mark the start of Pride month this July with a tribute to the LGBT+ community. A street crossing will be marked with the Pride Progress flag which is inclusive of the Trans Community and LGBT+ people of colour.

This comes with the news that Bristol Pride Festival will return to Castle Park in July – news we can all welcome. The award-winning celebration of the LGBT+ community was sorely missed last year and I look forward to its return this year.

If re-elected, I’m committed to championing the LGBT+ community in Bristol. I’ll establish a Mayoral Equalities Report to look into and address LGBT+ discrimination in Bristol, and we’ll work with LGBT+ groups to champion their cause and interests and work with schools, the NHS, the police, and other groups to ensure Bristol is a safe space for LGBT+ people.

Daryn Carter MBE, Bristol Pride said:

We are so excited to be getting a rainbow crossing here in Bristol, it’s a great way to showcase the city’s commitment to equality. Visibility for the LGBT+ community is still an issue and after a year apart, where some people may have felt isolated and disconnected, this crossing will be a positive, unmissable beacon for Bristol as Pride returns to the city, and will be a visible reminder to celebrate diversity in all its forms. Not only will this resonate with the local community, but also send a positive message to visitors as we all keep striving towards creating a better society.