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In the name of love: Pride!

Oh it’s here at last! After all the fussing, we’ve eventually got a line-up and set-up to match the dramas and the hype.

Pride: the same, but different!

Pride: the same, but different!

Ok, we are going to have to pay for the main event in the park , but as you’ll see from what the organisers have got in store, there will be few complaints.

Last year was great but it was lacking something of the feel of the old Pride – and I guess the writing was already on the wall. What we have here looks like a fitter, leaner, better organised show – still only time will tell.

So to find out for yourself, have a look at what’s on. And if you like what you see and want to keep in touch with the Brighton LGBT community check out ZhooshBrighton – dedicated community run by some excellent people.

Here’s our full piece on this year’s Pride, enjoy

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.

LGBT communities are talking about the V wall

Something that’s got LGBT communities all over the UK talking: It’s a wall of vaginas! That’s vaginas made from plaster of paris – just in case your internet search for whatever you typed in has lead you here by mistake!
Opening this week as part of the Brighton Fringe, we’ve got all the details here – fringes and no fringes. It’s set to be the talked about event of the Brighton Festival, an event that will again showcase the best of Brighton’s creative culture – and yes, get a little freaky from time to time…
LGBT communities everywhere, check it out!
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Something that’s got LGBT communities all over the UK talking: It’s a wall of vaginas! That’s vaginas made from plaster of paris – just in case your internet search for whatever you typed in has led you here by mistake!
World Premiere this week!

World Premiere this week!

Opening this week as part of the Brighton Fringe, we’ve got all the details here – fringes and no fringes. It’s set to be the talked about event of the Brighton Festival, an event that will again showcase the best of Brighton’s creative culture – and yes, get a little freaky from time to time…

LGBT communities everywhere, check it out!

Students show their pride

This weekend!

This weekend!

There’s nothing more positive than young people visiting Brighton and embracing their sexuality. And when they get together and create a national event, and make it successful, they really make an impact on the wider LGBT community.

This weekend it’s National Student Pride, and you know there’s only one place they could really host it: Brighton. So, to explain more about what this upbeat group are up to, we got in touch and interviewed the organisers.

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Still fighting for your rights? Take inspiration from this lady

Aung San Suu Kyi

Image credit - Stuart Isett - isett.com

We know discrimination still goes on. And there are still prejudice to be found, even around Brighton’s corners. But few people have ever faced the kind of battles that Aung San Suu Kyi still fights to this day.

This is a lady that stood toe-to-toe with one of the harshest regimes in the world, and won the world’s greatest humanitarian prize – and she’s inspiring this year’s Brighton Festival.

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Morten Harket’s not gay!

As straight as a butcher's hook

As straight as a butcher's hook

Morten Harket, 80s hunk and lead singer of a-ha will be visiting Brighton this week. Although it’s unlikely he’ll be rubbing shoulders with Brighton’s bears or camping it up – sadly the 40-something pop pinup is married and will be too busy performing at the Brighton Centre.

He’s just one of several star turns turning up this month. Have a look below at who’s on, or just check out this promo pic if you still have a place in your heart for Morten – he’s liking you…

Pre-Xmas music madness

George is out, again!

As news blasts its way around the internet that George Michael was released early from his sentence, What’s often forgotton is just how hard it was for him to come out in the first place.

Jail bird free

Jail bird free

While most of the music industry may have been well aware of his ‘leanings’ during the mid 80’s the general public were kept well in the dark and George well in the closet.

The strangest thing about it all, and the surprise first showed by the general public was because he was such a sex symbol -for straight girls. Andrew Ridgeley, though was more wimp than Wham! ; a fluffer to fold the Greek hunk’s trunks.

When George went solo, it wasn’t just the pent up talent, hermeneutically sealed in by the pop industry, he started to reveal. Clearly out by 1998 (as he told CNN!) George was at the top of his career, I say with the Listen Without Prejudice album. He then evolved into a fully fledged  ’A’ list hollywood funkster.

Where he led, Robbie was to follow, although Robbie’s gay moment seemed more stunt than sincere. Bit of a rocky ride for George since, spending more time in court than in the toilet…still, it’s never dented the talent, or dulled the style with which he delivers it.

And now he’s out, should we expect to see a reformed character, a changed man? I somehow doubt it, and somehow I don’t want him to be any different. I like my celebs to be flawed; after all, what point would there be in watching their roller coaster ride lives?

Good luck George! You’re a gay icon – just stay out of the clink long enough to make another album.

Take a look at his Last fm page here

Legends of the Town

This town is choc-a-block with gay entertainers, and they’re not all drag queens – some are drag queens and comedians.

No, seriously, we’ve some off the country’s best acts, and they are a busy bunch. So, we’re putting together bio’s of the stars: a who’s who of the LGBT events scene: compares, comedians, and yes, drag queens.

Chris Green, and suit

Chris Green, and suit

First up: Chris Green

Performing as the well-known cowgirl and country star Tina C, and the pensioner/ rap fan Ida Barr, Chris Green is the talented frontman of the small but well-respected gay comedy scene.

There’s a huge audience baying for fresh comedy in this town, and he’s been driving the herd of gag chasers onward.

Every month there’s been a comedy night aimed fairly and squarely at the LGBT community. And Chris has been choreographing the chuckling from the start.

He established the event in 1998 at the Leicester Comedy Festival, the Brighton Festival and Manchester Mardi Gras, and turned it into one of only a few successful gay comedy nights in the UK.

Chris is as at home delivering political gags as he is banging out a huge numbers, but there’s always more. Singer, musician, songwriter, actor and playwright, Chris is multi-talented and about to make it on national radio.

His own show on Radio 4, starting on 29th September, is another milestone for one of Brighton’s favourite talents.

Tune in, you’ll get Ida Barr and her irreverent spiel on Hip Hop. And next on the radar is his inspired fictional documentary about Prince Harry’s overthrow of the monarchy.

Even though he’s not a resident, such endeavours easily take Chris into our ‘Legends of the Town’. For more about Chris, take a look here. And for more on Brighton’s LGBT community, check back with us.

Julian Clary does Brighton

Julian Clary - coming soon

Julian Clary - coming soon

Gay ‘A’ list celeb Julian Clary is on his way to Brighton! Although too late for Pride, he will be coming before three Texan tenors then leaving in the morning …

A groundbreaking glam entertainer, he managed to cross over the gay/ mainstream chasm in public entertainment, taking with him his smutty routines and intelligent, twisted innuendo.

Not an easy man to tie down (for an interview) he’s on the Ambassador’s hit list. So watch out, there’s likely to be more on Julian here.

For more of what’s on at the Theatre Royale this month and a potted history of the venue, look here.

THEATRE ROYALE-MONSTERS AND MUSICALS

Pride Party Pictures 1

Flags flying, whistles blowing, people dancing in the streets: it could only be Pride! Once again, it felt as if the UK’s entire LGBT community all got off the same train and took over the city. What a day! The party is far from over; there’s fun still to be had. So while you’re relaxing after a mad night, have a look at the link below for first batch of pictures.

Brighton Pride 2010

There are more to come, it’s just that we were partying too!

PRIDE PARTY PICTURES I

PRIDE PARTY PICTURES II