I feel inclined to email you as a fellow Bedfordian. I now live in Manchester, however, my family are all active voters in your constituency.
Growing up in Bedford is one of the few things in life I will always treasure. The river festival, Bedford community arts (now Bedford creative arts), and the many friends I have made from The Clarence (sadly closed) and the Barley Moe pubs I have since I came out as gay at the age of 16 in 1997.
I won’t lie, it was tough. My family took a while to accept me, and my friends would be heckled in the street, but it was a different time back then. Section 28 hadn’t been repealed so there was little support, when I wanted to give blood at the age of 18 I was told I couldn’t. I didn’t choose to be gay, but…
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