Celebrating Brighton’s first Pride march 50th anniversary

Pride March 50th Anniversary

Campaign to celebrate the anniversary of the Pride march

Brighton & Hove Pride celebrates the milestone 50th Anniversary of the first Pride march in the city with their ‘Pride at 50 – Dare To Be Different’ campaign.

Campaigning has always been at the forefront of Pride, and they couldn’t have achieved the advances in both civil society and legal terms without the thousands of LGBT+ trailblazers who have made a stand and Dared To Be Different.

Organised by the Sussex Gay Liberation Front (SGLF), the first ‘Brighton Gay Pride March’ took place in July 1973, and was composed of students and staff at the University of Sussex, along with LGBTQ+ people in the area.

Whilst commemorating 50 years of progress and the trailblazers who came before, as a community it is a challenging period with rights and progress under threat, such as Uganda’s widely condemned new anti-LGBTQ law that includes the death penalty.

As a community, now more than ever people need to stand together with friends and allies around the world to call out the hatred and injustices particularly those being directed to Trans people. #TransPeopleAreLoved

The Pride at 50 campaign remembers and uplifts these key members at the forefront of the Pride movement, with a widespread campaign that features on lamppost banners across the city, an exhibition at the Jubilee Library and an online campaign to celebrate some of the most iconic trailblazers.

The exhibition, taking place at Brighton’s Jubilee Library will feature portraits of veterans of the 1973 march, as well as vintage photographs from that march.

More information about the Pride at 50 – Dare To Be Different campaign can be found at: www.brighton-pride.org/pride-at-50


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