LGBT+ citizens in Bradford have always played – and will continue to play – an important part in making our city the friendly, vibrant and diverse place it is now known as.
Through the 70s and 80s Bradford’s LGBT community were especially active whether this was through the Gay Switchboard (a telephone support service based in Bradford), the General Will Lesbian and Gay theatre group, or standing on picket lines in solidarity with workers who had been discriminated against because of their sexual orientation.
There is no doubting that the history of the LGBT community has been one of struggle. However, in Bradford we are proud of the contribution the LGBT community makes to our district.
There is a vast amount of partnership work happening across the district to protect the rights of the LGBT community as well as celebrating the contribution they make to the city.
Bradford Council works closely with the Equity Partnership to create LGBT-specific community interest plans to ensure the needs of the community are appropriately met.
Bradford Council has also recently reviewed its Equality Objectives and there is a strong recognition to ensure the LGBT community has a strong voice and will have their rights protected.
2017 will see the city hold its 12th annual Pride Celebrations, remember the 49 victims of the Orlando massacre, remember the LGBT victims of the holocaust as well as hold our annual Trans Day of Remembrance.
We will also stand together and work with the local authority, police and other partners to tackle homophobic, biphobic and transphobic abuse.
We stand together as one in Bradford, and we would love to see you at least one of our many events for history month.
In a 2010 assessment of gay-friendly universities around the country, Stonewall rated the University of Bradford as 9/10, making it one of the best in the country for LGBT students.
Among the things the organisations was looking for were specialist staff training, specific policies, a staff network, a strong student society, lots of available information, and LGBT-specific events, career advice and counselling.
Stonewall were also looking for a lively local gay scene in rating the UK’s university cities, and they certainly found one in Bradford.
LGBT venues and bars in our city have always served as important places for the community, and it is vitally important we maintain these social hubs for future LGBT citizens.
The Sun Hotel
The Sun Hotel is the oldest surviving gay-led venue in Bradford, supporting the LGBT community for over 27 years. It’s led and managed by Timmy Tease, Natasha Harford and Nick Dennison.
This venue has survived a fire which ripped through the neighbouring buildings in 2000, and is still standing and providing some of the best entertainment in West Yorkshire.
It has a long history of starting careers for some of the best drag entertainers around, and continues this tradition with drag entertainment every weekend, alongside a warm friendly bar team.
The Sun Hotel Welcomes everyone to come and join the fun.
Bradford’s original gay nightclub brought to you by Marigold Adams, Anna Glypta, Indie Nial and Atlantis.
The Lemon Shed
Below Candy is the Lemon Shed, a bar aimed at women, but everyone is welcome to come and enjoy the bass.
A mixed club and bar in the centre of Bradford’s LGBT clubbing district.
An LGBT friendly venue at the heart of Bradford’s independent quarter, Bradford Brewery is a very open and inclusive venue. It’s also home to the country’s first known safe space for LGBT sports fans before home and away matches, set up in 2015 by the Bradford City LGBT Supporters Group.
The Equity Partnership
The Equity Partnership is a strategic partnership organisation which supports the Bradford area’s lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans communities in a variety of ways.
It plays an active role in developing our LGBT communities by supporting existing groups and helping new ones to start through their community development work.
The Equity Partnership run the quarterly Bradford LGBT Group Network, where groups and individuals come together to network and discuss issues.
They also support LGB&T groups and individuals to have a say in the decisions taken by agencies which affect our lives. The organisation works in partnership with other voluntary and statutory agencies to ensure that local services are appropriate to the needs of LGB&T people.
The Equity Partnership sends representatives to various Forum meetings involving council and NHS representatives, and voluntary and community sector organisations which influence how services are run, and to the Homophobic & Trans phobic Hate Crime Scrutiny panel run by West Yorkshire Police in Bradford, to influence how they deal with complaints about homophobic & trans phobic hate crime.
The Partnership’s training programme is geared towards giving organisations the knowledge and tools to combat homophobia and transphobia and create LGB&T friendly workplaces and services.
The Equity Centre provides a relaxed meeting space for groups, a fully-equipped training resource and a venue for events right in the centre of Bradford, and news bulletins and email updates keep supporters up to date with the latest news and events.