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Manchester Gets Gay Mayor

17 May 2016

Over in the UK, the City of Manchester is to swear in its first out and proud gay Lord Mayor this week.

Councillor Carl Austin-Behan will become the first ever openly gay person to hold the historic title when he is sworn in on Wednesday.

The 44-year-old – a former Mr Gay UK – felt it was time for someone who represents Manchester’s celebrated lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community to finally don the ceremonial robes. And it is all the more meaningful after a long battle to stop his sexuality blocking his ambitions.

Just over 20 years ago he was kicked out of the Royal Air Force for being gay at a time when it was still illegal in the UK.

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