Leeds Freedom Bridge Acts As A 'Shining Beacon' For City's LGBT People

'It is destined to become a landmark we can all be proud of.'

An unassuming railway bridge in a city centre has been given a wonderful makeover to celebrate the city’s LGBT community.

Work began on the bridge in Leeds city centre last year as part of a Network Rail upgrade.

But as well as its structure being repaired and strengthened, the bridge also had a vibrant new paint job...

The newly-painted Leeds Freedom Bridge
The newly-painted Leeds Freedom Bridge
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Although first proposed in 2012, it took some time to get the bridge’s new look approved.

Work was completed on it shortly before Valentine’s Day.

The bridge, dubbed the Leeds Freedom Bridge, looks rather more colourful that it did before its facelift:

LGBT campaigner Thomas Wales pushed for the bridge, which carries trains across the city’s Lower Briggate, to be painted after the idea had been floated a number of times by the council and Network Rail.

According to the Yorkshire Evening Post, the repaint was funded by money from cash donated by people from city’s LGBT community and Leeds City Council.

Pink News reported that Wales said: “Each colour represents something different, from Life and Harmony to Nature and Spirit.

“It is also a scheme that has been adopted internationally to celebrate freedom in sexuality and gender identity in our city.

“It is destined to become a landmark we can all be proud of.”

He told Gay Star News he saw the bridge as a “a shining beacon that brightly highlights the fact that the LGBT community don’t have to hide away”.


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