Fifty Years of Love and Liberation: Celebrating Brighton & Hove’s Colourful Journey

Two people kissing at Pride

Celebrating Pride is a vibrant and essential affirmation of love, acceptance, and inclusion for the LGBTQ+ community, and its allies. It serves as a beacon of hope; inspiring countless individuals to embrace their true selves and fostering a sense of unity and belonging. By coming together in celebration, we honour the courage of those who have fought for LGBTQ+ rights and pave the way for a more compassionate and understanding future.

With the 50th Anniversary of Brighton Pride, we are reminded of the tapestry of diversity that enriches our society, and the message of love that resonates far beyond the boundaries of the LGBTQ+ community.

Pride stands as a vibrant and indispensable part of Brighton’s culture and community. It is more than just a celebration, Pride is a protest rooted in the fight for equality. These events continue to carry the legacy of resistance and serve as a platform to voice the ongoing struggle against the injustice faced by the community. In this vein, celebrating queer joy becomes an act of resilience and empowerment. It serves as a powerful counterbalance to ongoing discrimination, cultivating a sense of unity and belonging while affirming the inherent value and dignity of every individual. By expressing their identities, the queer community defies attempts to suppress their existence and asserts their right to live authentically.

As we enter the Pride season, we are thrilled to see one of our partners, ONCA, put together an exciting exhibition –  running until the 7th of August. Sharon Kilgannon’s colourful and evocative portrait photography pays homage to the spirit of Pride, inviting viewers to embrace its message of acceptance and empowerment. The exhibition is a collaboration with participants of Trans Pride Brighton, the first and biggest trans pride event outside of America, as they celebrate its 10th anniversary!

Beyond the vibrant events and activities, the proceeds from Pride tickets support The Brighton Rainbow Fund which is dedicated to empowering community projects throughout the city. If you’re seeking funding opportunities for community initiatives, consider applying for a grant from The Brighton Rainbow Fund.

By supporting this fund and embracing the purpose of Pride, we contribute to the growth and prosperity of the LGBTQ+ community and its allies in Brighton, cultivating a more compassionate world and ensuring that Pride remains a beacon of hope for generations to come.

Pride’s relevance remains unwavering as it continuously creates an inclusive space for people from all walks of life to come together, feel accepted, and celebrate their identities. Beyond the festivities, it serves as a profound testament to the power of unity, love, and protest. Let us embrace the colourful, spirited, and empowering essence of Pride as we march forward, hand in hand, towards a world where everyone can love and be loved without barriers.

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