This summer saw Pride events up and down the country celebrate the landmark anniversary - with Essex's own taking place at Chelmsford's Central Park in June.
G Sundays, which has been hosted at various bars around the city, recently celebrated its 15th anniversary with a big bash. For many years there has been a gay scene in Chelmsford, but G Sundays remains the largest weekly gay-friendly night in the county. As this October marks a Bisexual women in Chelmsford anniversary for the night, we decided to find out what it's like to be LGBT in Chelmsford 15 years on from the Massage ft walton beach Sale G Sunday.
Robby Dee, the promoter responsible for bringing the weekly event to Chelmsford, said: "It originally took place at the Army and Navy and it was there for 10 years before it went to Chicagos. Even though more than a decade has passed, Robby can still remember the first night he hosted in Chelmsford. Despite the initial quiet start, within a few weeks hundreds began to attend from all over Essex and even furtherafield. An average Sunday will see around people party at Bar and Beyond, but Bank Holidays will see the venue full to capacity.
When asked why Sunday was the chosen night, Robby said: "It was always on a Sunday, so we just carried it on. Since G Sundays debuted, there have been several historical moments for LGBTQ people, including the introduction of same sex marriage in and the Gender Recognition Actwhich allowed trans people to acquire a new birth certificate.
Marnie decided to organise the event because she felt the time was for there to be more choices for LGBTQ people. Unlike most cities around the UK, Chelmsford does not have a dedicated area 'gay scene'.
Recent figures Chelmsfrd revealed that people in the East of England are the least likely in Britain to describe themselves as gay, lesbian or bisexual. Some 1.
This was equivalent to one person in every 83 in the East of England - the lowest share in the UK. It would mean there were about 59, people in the region who said they were lesbian, gay or bisexual in The vast majority of people in the East of England New Cheshunt free stuff some But aside from the options of where LGBTQ people socialise, how do people feel the city has changed in 15 years?
April Missing, 43, set up the Chelmsford LGBT group on Facebook as a way of filling the void left by the closure of Smiths bar, which she feels was a central hub for the community. But despite the amount of time that's passed since the first G Sundays, April doesn't Bisexual women in Chelmsford a lot has really changed for the LGBT community.
April has admitted that while she has never had any negativity while out in the city, she knows people who have experienced homophobia. Chslmsford also feels that although it's positive that nights like POSH and G Teen Worthing boys take place, other establishments are doing their bit for the community as they cater for very different markets.
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On the one hand, this is a relatively small city so it's hardly Brighton free advertising online there isn't a dedicated gay Bisexual women in Chelmsford - I lived near Sheffield for nearly 15 years where the gay scene was practically non-existent. But then again, a city which does seem to have a decent number of LGBTQ people in it could surely benefit from more events on mainstream nights like a Friday or Saturday.
I myself cannot think of a time I have Biseual homophobia while living in the area but that's not to say it won't happen. Having spent five years studying in Newcastle, I am quite spoilt in that I was able to enjoy going out in a vibrant and varied gay scene - something I've not been able to enjoy in Chelmsford.
On the few Mondays I've had off in nine months, I've been able to go to Bar and Massag Sutton Coldfield sex on a Sunday and see what the place has to offer the community - it's not been that busy but people do Bisfxual genuinely pleased to have a place to go they can call their.
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