B RIGHT ON FESTIVAL to host Brighton’s LGBT History Month events

Graham Robson December 28, 2016

Rainbow Fund enables LGBT+/HIV groups in Brighton & Hove to participate in LGBT+ History Month.

A special Pavilion erected on New Steine Gardens named after the legendary drag entertainer Phil Starr will be home to Brighton & Hove LGBT+ History Month events in February 2017.

Miss Jason hosts the opening Gala event at the Phil Starr Pavilion on February 3

The Rainbow Fund have announced a small grants round to enable local LGBT+/HIV groups delivering effective front line services to the LGBT+ communities in Brighton & Hove to take part in the B Right On LGBT+ Festival which will run from February 3-19.

This year, LGBT+ History Month events in Brighton & Hove are being coordinated by the LGBT Community Safety Forum and will open with a Fundraising Gala night for the Rainbow Fund on Friday, February 3 hosted by Miss Jason, featuring an array of local performers.

Other events planned include:

♦ A Mental Health Day organised by MindOut the mental health service run by and for LGBT+ people

♦ A Younger Persons Day organised by Allsorts the LGBT+ Youth Project

♦ An HIV History Day and Big Community Lunch organised by Lunch Positive the HIV charity and lunch club

♦ Faith Days organised by the Village Community Church

♦ A Disability Visibility Day organised by Accessibility Matters

♦ An LGBT+ Worker & Volunteer Fair organised by the LGBT Community Safety Forum OUTReach project

♦ A Tea Dance and A Family Day

Live performance events include:

♦ A Rocky Horror In The Park sing-a-long party

♦ The return of the historic LGBT+ History Ball hosted by the Jazz legend that is Nicky Mitchell

Z Star appears at the Phil Starr Pavilion on Saturday, February 11

Sound Waves a concert of live music featuring amazing guitarist and singer Z Star, Travis Eddie, and Yourgardenday.

And that’s just for starters!

LGBT History Month is an international month-long annual observance of LGBT+History and the opportunity to commemorate and remember the bravery of those who campaigned and spoke out over the years to help us achieve the freedoms and equality we enjoy today.

Local LGBT+/HIV organisations delivering effective front line services to LGBT+ people in the city are invited to apply for grants of up to £500, which will allow them to participate directly in events taking place in the specially erected Phil Starr Pavilion on New Steine Gardens from Friday, February 3 – Sunday, February 19.

Chris Gull

Chris Gull, Chair of The Rainbow Fund, said: “We have been impressed by the scale and quality of arrangements being made around LGBT+ History Month 2017 in Brighton &Hove. 

“Continuing our support for local LGBT+ and HIV organisations, and encouraging them to work together, with the LGBT+ and HIV communities and beyond, we recognise that there are opportunities for them to promote their services, recruit volunteers, and fundraise for themselves during this groundbreaking festival event. 

“The grants can be used in any way, as long as it is directly used for involvement in the activities being organised on this site during the B Right On Festival. It could be used toward hiring the Phil Starr Pavilion to host a fundraiser, or to rent a stall, or space, to promote, recruit, or sell. Maybe an exhibition?”

Grant Applications

Applications should be made via the ‘contact us’ facility on the Rainbow Fund website (NOT the ‘apply for a grant’ facility as this is set up for the major funding rounds).

To make an application for a grant, click here:

For information about how to get involved, click here:

‘Rocky Horror Sing-a-Long-a’ at the Phil Starr Pavilion on Friday, February 17 at 7pm