Pride festival declared 'unwelcoming' by Labour MP after ban on bondage costumes

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“It seems a bit self-defeating already and bizarre not to have involved the Rhondda MP who happens to be gay.

“I am deeply saddened that the Rhondda may now be seen as an unwelcoming place, which couldn’t be further from the truth.”

The row erupted after members of the Leathermen Cymru, a self-proclaimed social club for gay leather men in Wales, revealed they were told they couldn’t attend the celebrations.

One man, known only as Angus, said he received an email from organisers that claimed they “have stipulations by the police and certain groups of people who are not family friendly are not allowed to attend”.

He said: “Pride is innately political and should be entirely inclusive.

“Politics matters to us because it won us our rights. Religion has often helped us make sense of who we are.

“And fetish is often an intrinsic quality of LGBT+ folks identities. Asking people to avoid these things goes against the history and tradition of Pride.”

Rhondda Pride has since issued an apology to the LGBTQ+ community.

A spokesman said: “The organisers of Rhondda Pride would like to apologise to the LGBTQ+ community unreservedly for our treatment of certain parts of our community.



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