In celebration of LGBTQ+ History Month, we’re taking a look back across the timeline of the key events that have shaped the LGBTQ+ community in Brighton…
A transgender man married a woman at St Peter’s Church in 1929 but was later jailed for nine months for making false statements on his marriage certificate. At the same time, bars with LGBTQ+ customers were booming, especially the now-closed Brunswick Star.
1950 – 1960
In the early 70s, LGBTQ+ organisations such as The Sussex Gay Liberation Front (SGLF) launched in February 1971 by a group of university students and LGBT residents.
The Sussex Gay Liberation Front (SGLF) organised the first ever protest and full Pride March, which took place in July 1973.
The introduction of Article 28 in 1988, which banned local councils from “promoting homosexuality”, sparked a new wave of LGBTQ+ activism, and Brighton Regional Action Against Article 28 (BAAAS28) organised an annual May Leiden’s marching town hall protest against legislation.
1992 – 1995
Brighton Pride grew into the major attraction it is today, among residents and visitors. 1992 saw the launch of Pride in The Park, and the event attracted major sponsorship for the first time in 1995.
The first full-time bar aimed at lesbians opened its doors in 2000.
Since 2012, the event has raised close to £1 million for local LGBTQ+ community groups and attracts hundreds of thousands of people every year, as well as some of the biggest musical acts, including Kylie Minogue and Britney Spears, Dua Lipa, Jessie J, Clean Bandit, Jess Glynne, Emeli Sandé and many more. As calls grew for greater equality for the transgender community, Brighton also became the host for the first and largest Trans Pride outside of the United States.
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