Ambassador Hotel, - 4 Star Bed and Breakfast Hotel in Brighton The Ambassador Hotel, BrightonbrightonAmbassador Awards and Assocoations Telephone
01273 676869
Fax
01273 689988
E-Mail
View to Brighton Pier from the New Steine, Brighton

Archive for the ‘Brighton Attractions’ Category

LGBT history: take the Piers and Queers tour of Brighton

From each bed and breakfast and Brighton hotel there’s a rich history to be discovered – and revealing the LGBT history of Britain’s favourite weekend party town is the ‘Piers and Queers’ tour.

Headed up by Blue Badge guide Ric Morris, it’s a fascinating, interactive look at Brighton. Telling us more about it – and revealing his own place in it all, here’s Ric! And the Everest fact – love it!

When you first came to Brighton, what did you expect?

I first came to Brighton as a small child, and I expected ice-cream. When I came here to live, it took a while to find the things I liked, and avoid the things I didn’t like, but now I’ve got that sorted, it exceeds expectations on a regular basis.

Which fact about Brighton surprises you most?

If you count Hove, then you can see the grave of Sir George Everest, who gave his name to the mountain, in the graveyard next to Tescos.

LGBT Brighton - making history

LGBT Brighton - making history

What part does Brighton play in UK’s LGBT history?

Since it became a resort in the 1780s and especially after the opening of the railway in the 1840s, Brighton has been a place of escape and relaxation for a broad spectrum of Londoners. It has been a playground where people can escape the rules and responsibilities of the centres of production.

In the 1870s several members of the Boulton and Park (two men who were arrested for going out in women’s clothes) circle, fled prosecution by coming to Brighton.

In the 1920s Valerie Arkell-Smith came to Brighton to re-invent herself as Colonel Sir Victor Barker. Brighton was known in the 1930s as having many gay and (unusually) lesbian clubs and bars, more so than possibly any city outside London.

In 1835, the last man to be hanged in Britain for same-sex offences came from Brighton. In 2005, the first same-sex couple to legally tie the knot came from Brighton, and Brighton hosted the first Civil Partnerships in England.

Tell us a little about more about the ‘Piers and Queers’ tour.

It looks at nine people connected with Brighton from an LGBT perspective. Most of them made amazing contributions to our society – medicine, literature, music, philanthropy, acting – and looking at their lives helps us understand how people with unconventional sexual and gender identities created their own place within challenging environments. All in an hour and a bit.

Is Brighton’s LGBT community making history right now?

Time will tell. Having such a large LGBT population in a relatively small city means that there’s less ghettoisation, and LGBT people are closely woven within the fabric of the city as a whole. Everybody knows, works with, or encounters an out LGBT person on a daily basis, and I don’t think that happens anywhere else. So perhaps Brighton is leading the way with the normalisation of LGBT people in everyday life, and is a model for other places.

Every week there’s a Brighton Bed and Breakfast with people visiting for the first time. In a sentence, what should they expect?

Expect to walk the streets and be entertained by daily life in Brighton. You can party when you like, but if you want something else you can find it here too.


Inspired? Find us on Facebook and like us, we’ve accommodation offers for visitors and live LGBT entertainment listings.

Interviewed with Pride, it’s Brighton’s Gay Men’s Chorus!

Rod Edmunds

Rod Edmunds

I’m sure you’ve heard their crooning voices before, in fact you’ve probably shared a drink or two with these choristers; the Brighton Gay Men’s Chorus is about as gay as it gets!

But there’s much more to their performances than show tunes: here, interviewed exclusively, Rod Edmunds reveals the chorus’ passionate beliefs about Pride, and what it is to be at the centre of LGBT Brighton’s unique and accepting culture.

THE FULL INTERVIEW

Free hotel stay for best LGBT Brighton blogger!

Take pleasure in your writing and win a free stay in Brighton

Take pleasure in your writing and win a free stay in Brighton

If you think you can write a 300-word blog titled My Brighton, then get cracking. The Ambassador’s new My Brighton blog prize is up for grabs, just follow the link below and you could get your piece published here.

And the prize?  A two-night, two-person hotel stay, courtesy of the Ambassador Hotel!

Just make your piece specific to the Brighton LGBT experience, enter it in the correct category, and then wait to hear the good news.

FIND OUT MORE

What’s going on in Brighton?

No surprise, as we are the entertainment capital of the south coast, there is loads to do.

Yes the sun is shining and yes it’s tan time, but if you are just down for the weekend why not stick your head up from the beach and have a look around – there’s always something happening!

WHAT’S ON THIS WEEK

The True Pavilion

The Pavilion really is that cool. It isn’t a hyped up thing. Go head and spend the money. If you spend money on any attraction other than if you have insistant kids dying to go to Sea Life, spend the money here.