Happy Brighton Pride! The city is covered in rainbows, celebrating our LGBTQ+ community and welcoming those joining in the festivities from out of town. As well as being one of our favourite city celebrations, it’s also one of the most important. Especially this year which marks the fiftieth anniversary of the decriminalisation of homosexuality in England and Wales.
Unless we’re on hols, I try to trot my daughters out to watch the parade. Not only is it masses of fun, they can clearly see, love wins and no one can tell them how to be ‘them’. I love to see friends coming together, making time in their diaries to celebrate the trailblazing achievements of campaigners and believers. It’s that spirit which flows through our Brighton hearts.
I can feel my heart, involuntarily warm at the sight of charity shop windows on London Road with their creative and supportive displays. And over the years, I’ve noticed the rainbow flags and stickers stay firmly up all year round in shops and eateries to remind everyone that intolerance will not be tolerated.
And for the cynics who believe that people are disingenuous and money-making is at the heart of Pride these days, well they may not be wrong for some establishments, a minority. BUT, Brighton has banged the drum for equality for decades. Shouldn’t the city be rewarded for striving to create a safe place for people to live without judgement? This week is so important for the LGBTQ+ community. We have seen much progression for LGBTQ+ rights but in the current global political climate, no one can afford to be complacent. As we saw with the Women’s March, we must keep on keeping on with the message of equality.
While many events have sold out, check the bars and restaurants around Brighton with their own celebrations. The Parade goes through the city between 11 am and midday, starting at Hove Lawns and finishing in Preston Park. There are fireworks on the seafront on Sunday at 9.30pm – a little late for small ones (but it is school holidays for some).
The beautiful Pride Bus Stop on the Old Steine will only be there for a month. So make sure you get down, take a photo with friends and post on Instagram with the tag #pridebusstop.
The popular ‘One Family’ diversity area is back again, a family friendly space to engage with local artists and entertainers.
BrightonMums.com wish everyone a happy and safe weekend!