Beaming with Pride
Brighton is the home of Killer Creative, the home of art and music, amazing food and for one marvellous weekend a year it’s home to Pride!
Every summer Brighton becomes an adult’s playground. Full of colour, people and diversity. Our city welcomes all and celebrates the UK’s LGBTQ community.
This year is a significant milestone as 2019 marks the 50th anniversary of The Stonewall riots.
The Stonewall Inn which is situated in Greenwich Village, New York City was one of the few places in 1969 that the LGBTQ community could gather.
Although it wasn’t the safe haven it should have been, plagued by unwarranted police raids on a regular basis. Brutal violence was inflicted on innocent people for just trying to connect with each other.
On June 28th that year they finally said ‘enough is enough!’, stood up to the repression of the police and fought back. Fought for their basic human rights; not only to love whoever they loved but to express themselves freely.
The brave people that fought back that day would become the catalyst for every Pride event on the planet and in 1973 The Sussex Gay Liberation Front brought Pride to Brighton for the very first time.
It’s evolution has been incredible; starting with just a few hundred participants to what it is today…Brighton’s biggest celebration.
2018 saw more than 400,000 rainbow-clad people take to our streets to celebrate love and the LGBTQ community.
Pride 2019 is set to be an absolute belter! With pop legend Kylie Minogue headlining the festival, Grace Jones and Jessie J featuring at the Love BN1 Fest, The Pride Village Party taking over Kemptown, The Pleasure Garden at the Old Steine and even a Pride Dog show in Preston Park.
The weekend is going to be an unforgettable extravaganza but just as it was at its conception, Pride remains more than just a party – it’s about demanding equality.
This year the #westandtogether campaign has been launched which highlights the shocking and abhorrent hate crime statistics from 2018/2019 and calls out homophobia, biphobia, transphobia and racism.
It’s unfathomable that 50 years on from the uprising the LGBTQ community still have to face discrimination, bigotry and violence. Here in Brighton we stand together against injustice and whether you are gay, straight, bi, trans, black, white or made from glitter you can enjoy everything Pride has to offer.
All of us at Killer are going to celebrate love and promote equality for all with….Pride
See you over the rainbow!
For more information on local LGBTQ charities and how the money Pride raises helps nurture the community please follow the links below.