Is the LGBTQ+ Pride flag used commercially as a means to gentrify cities, or to celebrate diversity?

H&M shop front in London, 2017, during Pride month (mynoho.co.uk)

Is the LGBTQ+ Pride flag used commercially as a means to gentrify cities, or does it celebrate diversity? Regardless of whether you see the cultural appropriation of the LGBTQ+ Pride movement for commercial use as something positive or something negative, some urban theorists have actively encouraged creating a space that will attract LGBTQ+, with the intent of gentrifying the area.

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Bristol Art Tour: Street art murals on North Street, Bristol

North Street murals. Image credit: Bristol 24/7

Following my trip to the Greta Thunberg street art mural on my last stop on my Bristol Art Tour, I walked 5 minutes down the road along North Street, until I reached the North Street art murals, above 4 shop fronts. These were commissioned as part of Upfest, the biggest street art festival in the UK and Europe. As well as being amazing street art murals in their own right, I was particularly interested in seeing them, as they have all been created by female artists. I think more could always be done to showcase female artists, but I’m proud that I was able to find these murals, and I think it’s a great example where female artists are celebrated in Bristol.

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WTAF? Is it a Banksy? Or rather, was it a Banksy?

Photo taken by Anna Frances, 1 Oct 2019 on Chandos Road, Bristol

Following the trip to see the Banksy mural ‘Naked man, hanging from window’ on College Green on my Bristol Art Tour yesterday, it reminded me of some street art that I’d found a few years ago, that looked like a Banksy.. but was it? I can’t find anything about it online.

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Bristol Art Tour: Banksy Mural – Naked man, hanging from window

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‘Naked man, hanging from window’ Banksy mural. Image: Wikipedia

Following the visit to Bristol’s oldest art gallery, the RWA, I then took my Bristol Arts Tour to College Green in Bristol, to see the ‘Naked man, hanging from window’ Banksy art mural, painted on the side of a sexual health clinic.

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