Six months ago, I wrote a post called Canterbury is officially ‘gay’ enough. The local ‘Pride’ group had reported the Council to the Local Government Ombudsman for allegedly failing in its ‘duty’ to promote and cater for homosexuality in the city, despite giving financial backing to their cause. The claim was rejected.
The pride group, which is chaired by Andrew Brettell, called on the council to provide an LGBT community drop-in centre, a gay bar and put forward the potential for ‘pink tourism’ and the importance of regular LGBT culture in the city.
The Pink News reports today,
The only gay bar in Canterbury, a city which was condemned by a local Pride group for not being gay enough, has closed.
CO2 was opened six months ago on King Street but is closing because of a lack of business.
Darren Bister, co-owner of the pub, told Kent News: “We are closing because it is just not very successful at the moment. It is a waste of time, a waste of our work and a waste of money.
Right, so they wasted their own money and not council tax payers’ cash, which is what ‘Pride’ thought they had some sort of divine right to dip into.
He said the local gay community had not supported the bar but added he did not believe homophobia was an issue.
Golly, that makes a change! Did I read that correctly?
Blister said: “Anything here would get complaints no matter what venue it is. The locals don’t want anything here full stop.”
But Pride in Canterbury chairman Andrew Brettell blamed the council for not supporting the venture.
He said: “Until the council sends out a clear message that it is okay for the gay community to be out and proud in the city businesses and ventures that strive to serve and build up that community will find it difficult to succeed.
He doesn’t give up, this one, does he? It’s The Blame Game; please welcome back our reigning champion… Mr Andrew Brrrrrettell.
“The city’s many homophobes must think Christmas has already arrived.”
Erm, it’s just passed, actually. Must be a few weeks old, this story.
The Pride group had complained that the local council was unwilling to promote a “thriving LGBT community” and accused it of ignoring their complaints.
Why not ask the locals if they want such a thriving community. Obviously even the local homosexuals didn’t, but hey ho, it’s the Council’s fault.
It had asked for a gay bar, an LGBT community drop-in centre and regular celebration of LGBT culture in the city.
Did they say please?
Beam me up Scotty!