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Green Party fundaising Quiz Night

Gary Hart June 26, 2015

The Green Party are holding a Fundraising Quiz at the Marlborough tonight, Friday, June 26 to raise money for the Green Party to take part in the Brighton Pride Parade  on August 1.

Cllr Phélim Mac Cafferty
Cllr Phélim Mac Cafferty “and your starter for 10”

Brighton & Hove Green Party say they have long been championing the rights of the LGBTIQ community both here and abroad.

Phélim Mac Cafferty, Convenor of the Green Group of Councillors said: “The Green Party has always been a leader on equality. Many LGBT people believe equality is a battle which we’ve won, yet in new research from the Equality and Human Rights Commission, almost 9 in 10 LGBT people had experienced ‘some form of hate incident leaving them with emotional and physical scars’. 

“LGBT housing services are being devastated by government cuts, while pension equality for gay couples, mandatory sex and relationship education, and stronger legislation against hate crime all remain so important for LGBT equality.

“At a period of time when blood stocks with the National Blood Service are again low, locally we have lobbied government ministers to reduce the timescale for gay men to give blood. Our work for Trans equality continues unabated and Brighton and Hove is the first area in the country to have trans health included in our important Joint Strategic Needs Assessment.

“So far from achieving equality we are still on the path. Therefore Pride and events like it are incredibly important in terms of once again taking to the streets to call for equality. On Friday, June 26 we are raising funds so that the Green Party can have a vivid presence at the Pride march in August. Join us.”

Phélim Mac Cafferty will be the Quiz Master for the Green Party’s Pride Quiz Fundraiser tonight, Friday, June 26, from 7.30pm at The Marlborough, 4 Princes Street. All proceeds are to go towards this year’s Green Party Pride presence.

Entrance to the quiz is £3 which includes nibbles and prizes include tea and cake for five at Café Salvage, Western Road, Hove. There will also be a raffle with prizes including a £40 voucher for coach travel tickets to a festival of your choice donated by The Big Lemon as well as an Infinity Foods voucher.

In 2013 the Green Administration running Brighton and Hove City Council attempted to remove the council’s annual grant of £25,000 to Brighton Pride.

Former Green Cllr Geoffrey Bowden said: "Pride is not a sacred cow"
Former Green Cllr Geoffrey Bowden said: “Pride is not a sacred cow”

The Green lead on Pride, Cllr Geoffrey Bowden said during the council’s budget debate at the time: “Pride is not a sacred cow” and should not be treated as a special case. The Conservative and Labour group disagreed and joined together to secure the Pride funding continued for another year.

In the last two years, Brighton Pride have raised more than £110,000 for the Rainbow Fund to distribute to LGBT/HIV organisations providing effective front line services to the LGBT communities in Brighton and Hove.

Event: Greens Fundraising Quiz

Where: The Marlborough, 4 Princes Street, Brighton

When: Friday, June 26

Time: 7.30pm

Price: Entry to Quiz £3 per person