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Cardiff Liberal Democrat Councilor Rodney Berman has released a compelling letter in a bid to save the infamous gay Cardiff Pub, the Kings Cross, from closing down.
The Kings Cross pub is in the centre of the Cardiff’s LGBT community and many are fighting for its survival in a hope it will see longer than its 40 years it has already saved.
According to Wales Online, the Lib Dem Councilor released a statement which read: It is important to me that Cardiff is seen as a city which celebrates its great diversity – a place in which people are valued whatever they are or whatever their background.
I also think it’s vital that such a welcoming attitude should be embraced right across Cardiff, both within established communities as well as in newly-regenerated parts of the city.
It is in this vein that I see the fight to retain the Kings Cross as a gay venue as being an important one for Cardiff.
The pub, which sits on the corner of Mill Lane and Caroline Street, has served as a focal point for the gay community for around 40 years and has a strong established identity.
It would therefore be a great shame if the message was now given out, whether deliberately or inadvertently, that a venue aimed at the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community was no longer welcome at this location now that the area around it has been significantly improved.
The sheer number of people who have, in such a short space of time, joined the Facebook campaign to “save” the King Cross from the threat of its rebranding as a boutique restaurant and bar is a testament to the strength of feeling against any such plans.
Upon hearing the news I was propelled to write to Adam Fowle, Chief Executive of Mitchells & Butler Plc, urging the company to reconsider any potential plans to re-brand the Kings Cross. I know the disappointment that any possible re-branding of the Kings Cross would have on the LGBT community in Cardiff.
Cardiff, as a capital city, prides itself and in being somewhere that seeks to be genuinely inclusive. People from the LGBT community enjoy living in and visiting the city – a factor that is enhanced by venues like the Kings Cross.
Together with our private sector partners, the Council has put considerable effort and investment into regenerating the capital’s city centre. Retaining locations such as the Kings Cross is vital to ensuring the city offers a mix of venues suitable for everyone.
Having looked at the Facebook campaign, and read some of the messages being left, what comes across is that the Kings Cross really is an incredibly important venue for many people – somewhere they enjoy visiting and where they can feel totally at home.
For Mitchells & Butler Plc to take that away from people would be a deeply retrograde step and one that could give the wrong impression a gay venue was no longer felt to be appropriate at the heart of Wales’ premiere retail location.
I am urging the company to make every effort to reassure the clientele of the Kings Cross that this long established and much valued establishment will continue to operate as a venue aimed at the LGBT community.
I know that no final decision has been taken so I hope that by writing to Mitchells & Butlers I can get them to understand the importance of this venue to the city and in particular the LGBT community.
The Kings Cross has become an institution in the city centre. It is a pub with an established and unique identity. The sheer numbers of people who have already signed up to the campaign is a clear indication of how valuable the Kings Cross is to Cardiff as a gay venue. It simply has to stay that way.
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