Sussex Police to fly rainbow flag during Brighton Bear Weekend

The rainbow flag will fly over Brighton Police Station from June 15-18 to mark the annual Brighton Bear Weekend (BBW) festival.

Graham Munday

Graham Munday

Chair of BBW, Graham Munday, says: “We are honoured to have the support of Sussex Police and everyone at Brighton police station and thank PC Alison Tate and Superintendent Jane Derrick for organising this for us. It shows true spirit and commitment to LGBT+ people as a whole but especially to the bear community”.

BBW held three fundraisers in April including a Bear-a-oke evening at Bar Broadway on April 2 which raised £143.46; an Easter Quiz at the Camelford Arms which raised £416 and an Underbears party at Subline on Easter Sunday which raised £135.99. All monies raised were for the Rainbow Fund.

Mark Barbeary

Mark Barbeary

BBW treasurer, Mark Barbeary, said: “The Easter quiz has always been a popular event for us, but this year was an exception with Dale having to bring in extra tables. The whole team wish to thank the Camelford Arms for hosting us plus Choccywoccydoodah and Coop Funeral Care for donating star quality raffle prizes. We also want to say thank you all those that came along and supported us at the start of a busy Easter weekend helping us to raise £416 for the Rainbow Fund.”

BBW’s main summer event this year opens on Thursday, June 15 with a quiz night at Camelford Arms followed by three days of exciting bear events.

For a full rundown of events planned during the weekend and to purchase a wristband giving you exclusive discounts during the festival, click here: 

The Rainbow Fund give grants to local LGBT/HIV organisations who deliver effective front line services to LGBT+ people in the city.

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