After two years of not being able to celebrate Pride in our city, Brighton & Hove Pride has announced the theme for the (delayed) 30th anniversary Brighton & Hove Pride LGBTQ+ Community Parade will be ‘Love, Protest & Unity’ and applications are now open via Brighton-Pride.org/Pride-Parade
This theme was created to embrace Pride’s continued campaign aims:
- Love: A declaration of love for all LGBTQ+ siblings and confirmation that Pride will always stand together as a community.
- Protest: Acknowledging that the Pride movement has its roots in protest and committing to continuing the fight for global human rights.
- Unity: As hard fought for rights are being eroded around the world, a recognition that our differences make us stronger and a commitment to campaign until all are treated equally.
This 30th anniversary is the perfect time to reaffirm Pride’s campaign commitments. Following meetings with community groups and activists, and to make the Pride LGBTQ+ Community Parade more diverse and inclusive for all, Pride has made a number of changes for 2022.
Building on recent years, Pride will continue to campaign for LGBTQ+ human rights around the world by:
- Calling for the immediate ban on conversion therapy; an overhaul of the Gender Recognition Act;
- Safe haven for LGBTQ+ refugees fleeing persecution and oppressive regimes;
- Solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement.
Pride will facilitate the participation of any local LGBTQ+ community groups who wish to join the LGBTQ+ Community Parade. Individuals who would like to march and protest are welcome to join the campaign groups at the head of the parade. In solidarity with LGBTQ+ migrants around the world, Pride will not be allowing the organisations that facilitate human rights abuse to participate.
In keeping with the parade standards Pride introduced in 2017, any businesses in the parade should be able to show evidence of having pro-LGBTQ+ policies and support the LGBTQ+ community year round. Any floats or banners must include messaging in support of LGBTQ+ human rights.
The Pride LGBTQ+ Community Parade is one of the undisputed highlights of the Brighton & Hove Pride weekend and is a glorious showcase of the city’s charities, community groups and small businesses as well as invaluable emergency services, the NHS and statutory partners.
It is one of the biggest and brightest events in Brighton & Hove’s events calendar, with over 300,000 people thronging the city’s streets to participate in and watch the parade of community and campaign groups, and the all-singing, all-dancing carnival of colour as it wends its way from Hove Lawns to Preston Park for We Are Fabuloso, the official Brighton & Hove Pride charity fundraiser.
For obvious reasons of safety and to help us plan steward and security requirements, all parade participants will need to pre-register as in previous years and Pride is committed to ensuring that the Pride LGBTQ+ Community Parade retains its community focus and guarantee that at least two thirds of entrants will be charities, community groups and local LGBTQ+ businesses.
Brighton & Hove Pride said: “With community at its heart, LOVE · PROTEST · UNITY will bring the city together to remember, to celebrate and to campaign.”
Brighton & Hove Pride is the UK’s biggest Pride Festival operated by Brighton Pride CIC, a not for profit community organisation. All tickets revenue raised goes directly to the operational and running costs of producing the Pride Festival, Pride LGBTQ+ Community Parade, Pride Village Party and community fundraising.
Brighton Pride has raised over £936,000 for the Brighton Rainbow Fund, Pride Cultural Development Fund and Pride Social Impact Fund in the last seven years. The Brighton Rainbow Fund has a remit to receive donations and to use them to give grants to LGBTQ+ and HIV groups and organisations in Brighton & Hove. The Pride Social Impact Fund benefits local good causes giving grants to a range of local groups.