I’ve always enjoyed living in Bristol and although not a native have a strange sense of pride about the city. Everyone always has positive stories and thoughts about Bristol, some not even cider related! The city regularly features in top places to live surveys, in fact it topped one published last week. So, when the City Growth Commission decided to hold one of its hearings in Bristol, I was curious to find out what key public figures had to say about the city and the issues it faces.
Spending time with the group before we left the café for a walk around town, it became clear that the fandom is a deeper appreciation for the nuances and subtleties underneath the shiny, sparkly ponies.
'Gay', 'faggot' and 'paedophile' are names commonly bounded around by largely anonymous bullies, he said.
"It’s mainly bad on the internet because that is where people can hide from behind a keyboard and people can’t always talk back.
"It has not happened to me or anyone in the group, as far as I know, in real life.
"The only incident in real life were a couple of guys looking at us funny one day outside Subway.
"Usually when we explain what we are all about and why we do it people understand. But we are a big group of people walking through the centre – and you do get looked at."
Abi, 25, one of three transgender members in the 40/50-strong Bristol membership, said it is hard for some people to understand because it is “breaking gender trends”.
"Boys aren’t supposed to like pink cartoon ponies but this is an all-ages all-gender group. We are very open."
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