City Park, Centenary Square, Bradford
I like to come here and reflect. The Fountains and the pool are known as the “rat bath”. I’ve been assaulted here twice. Kicked in the head needing stitches and smacked in the head needing teeth replaced. The first time was 20 years ago, it was obvious what I was. The second was more recently when some T women were receiving abuse, I took my phone out to call the police and was smacked in the head and knocked to the floor. Once I got over it I came to the conclusion what doesn’t kill you can only make you stronger. There is just one Hate Crime Officer for the whole of Bradford. The Fountains and the rest of Centenary Square cost 31 million pounds. Last year Bradford Councils budget for raising awareness around Transgender was 0. I go back and remember how lucky I am to pass in public and to be where I am at now.
This plaque commemorates the birth of the Labour party. It’s attached to a mill near where I live. The Mill chimney can nearly always be seen from anywhere in Bradford, it’s apparently the largest in Europe. It was left to go derelict for many years until recently when it got a facelift. I watched it improve. As I’ve medically transitioned I have had some kind of political awakening and realised the importance of politics. The Labour Party bought us the Gender Recognition Act.
Baildon Moor a good place to escape to just a few miles from the town centre. I’ve been going up here for about 15 years to get some space. The panoramic views are uninterrupted sky.
Diving into a public pool
One of my favourite photos of all time.
At the canal in Saltaire
I walked along here weekly to go to college to study Horticulture and made a friend of Simon the Swan on the way.
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