Bedazzled Rhino Approved for Birmingham, UK’s Gay Village


A massive sparkling rhinoceros being considered by the Birmingham, England City Council as a monument to mark the city's gay village has been approved, the Birmingham Mail reports:

The City Council has approved the statue, which will stand on Wynner House on the corner of Bromsgove Street and Hurst Street in the city centre.

But concerns that at just 5ft and raised three storeys high it might not be seen were swiftly dismissed. Coun Barry Henley (Lab, Brandwood) said: “It is too high or too small from this low vantage point.”

But chief planning officer Richard Goulborn replied: “It is decorated with diamanté mirrors and will be spotlit at night. It can’t fail to have impact.”

See our previous post for information on the rhino's history as a gay rights symbol.