Brighton’s legendary Marlborough pub has spent many generations as the natural home of Brighton’s queer community. It’s a sanctuary for those marginalised elsewhere in Brighton – where the trans community meet, where disabled people feel safe, a home-from-home for queers of all shapes and sizes.
Michelle Steele, co-chair of the campaign, said: “Thank you to everyone for the large response we had in order to provide evidence of its community and historical status.
“This campaign aimed to put ownership of the pub into the hands of the community that uses it. Having been pushed out of so many public spaces – by rising rents, by inaccessible architecture, by chasing straight people’s profits – Brighton has become poorer for queer folk on the margins.
“During Covid-19 we’ve been bereft of this community space, and we’re here to say that the Marlborough is an indispensable community asset for Brighton’s innumerable queers and their wonderful allies. The pandemic will not keep us quiet and alone.”