PREVIEW: BrightonPride25: The Exhibition

Gary Hart July 2, 2015

2015 is the 25th anniversary of Brighton Pride in the city. An achievement everyone has played a role in. An achievement everyone can be proud of.

Brighton Pride Exhibition

As part of the 2015 Brighton Pride Arts and Film Festival, BrightonPride25: The Exhibition at Jubilee Library will bring together hundreds of images from Pride’s collective past.

Curated and created by Kate Wildblood, Alf Le Flohic and Josephine Bourne, BrightonPride25 has worked with contributors from across our varied and diverse communities to create a wonderful nine-metre chronological photographic collage, capturing the many amazing moments of our Pride history.

BrightonPride25: The Exhibition will also feature an interactive Pride memory installation allowing visitors to contribute their memories of Brighton Pride to the exhibition.

 Alf le Flohic said: “Life for LGBT+ people in Brighton might not be perfect but compared to the legal protection and social acceptance we had in 1973, the year of the first Brighton Pride, things have changed almost beyond recognition.

“One of the early banners simply proclaimed The Right To Love. It may have been over simplistic but the message has held true over time: to have our rights protected and our relationships respected.

“Celebrating Pride this year is to celebrate just how far we have all come. It has been a struggle, one that should not be forgotten or assumed to be over – the rights of trans people still have a long way to go to catch up.

“We must also spare a thought for our brothers and sisters around the globe, where Pride ends in police vans, water cannons and brutality, if it happens at all. The passion of Brighton people, LGBT and our allies, have fuelled amazing changes by celebrating Pride year after year. This year we cannot only be proud of who we are, but have Pride in what we have achieved.”

Kate Wildblood
Kate Wildblood

Kate Wildblood added: “From those early Pride marches by brave trailblazing activists to the colourful carnivals we all enjoy today, the Pink Picnics, the one microphone main stages, the banners and the headlines, the glitter and the grit, the outfits and the placards, the Queens Park gatherings and celebrations on the Level and Preston Park, BrightonPride25: The Exhibition will celebrate every step Brighton & Hove Pride has made to become the world renown and award-winning LGBT+ fundraising event it is today.

“It has been a joy to research and create and I hope it will bring much joy and proud memories to all that visit the exhibition at the Jubilee Library.”

Event: BrightonPride25: The Exhibition.

Where: Jubilee Library Foyer, Jubilee Street, Brighton BN1 1GE

When: July 17 – August 3, 2015

Times: Mon-Tues and Thurs 10am-7pm, Weds, Fri-Sat 10am-5pm, Sun 11am-5pm

Price: Free entry

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