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Thousands Expected to Attend Brighton Pride (Including Ruby Rose)

Organisers are saying that some 160,000 people are expected to attend Brighton and Hove for the 25th annual Pride event today.

The parade, including dance troupes, drag queens and campaigning groups and other organisations, will start at Hove Lawns.

The colourful procession, starting at about 11:00 BST, will arrive in Preston Park a couple of hours later.

Road closures will affect bus routes and other traffic in the area.

In previous years, the parade has set off from Madeira Drive.

The LGBT parade, on the theme of Carnival of Diversity, will make its way from Hove Lawns, along King’s Road before joining the previous route of West Street, North Street and London Road.

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Paul Kemp, the director of Pride Brighton, said:

It’s a celebration and it brings in a lot of people from all over the world. Economically, it’s very good for the city and brings in £3.5m. Behind the celebrations it highlights LGBT campaigns all over the world. There’s a long way to go globally to bring about equality.”

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On Thursday, six people were injured in a stabbing at the Gay Pride parade in Jerusalem.

Peter Kyle, MP for Hove and Portslade said:

Pride is many things to many people. There are people who are straight who have got families who go along to celebrate the diversity of our city.”

Brighton DJ Fatboy Slim will be playing in the Wild Fruit dance tent in Preston Park, and the cabaret tent will be hosted by Lola Lasagne.

Other acts appearing include The Human League, Ruby Rose and Ella Henderson.

Hundreds hit the streets of Brighton for Stonewall 25th anniversary celebration

Over 700 Stonewall supporters hit the streets of Brighton for the charity’s eleventh annual Equality Walk on Sunday. The annual fundraiser – supported by American Express and Square Peg Media – was part of Stonewall’s 25th anniversary celebrations and raised over £55,000 to tackle homophobic language in Britain’s schools.

Radio 1Xtra DJ Adele Roberts and Great British Bake Off’s John Whaite hosted this year’s walk which included live entertainment and a picnic in the Royal Pavilion Gardens for the hundreds of families and fundraising teams. MPs Caroline Lucas and Simon Kirby, and the Mayor of Brighton & Hove Denise Cobb, also attended the 10k walk. After the walk Adele and John handed out prizes to the top fundraising team – PwC who took the title for the third year running – and the best individual fundraiser, Kate Harris, who raised over £1,400 and won a weekend in Paris courtesy of American Express.

‘I can’t think of a more fantastic way for so many people to help celebrate our 25th anniversary. It was inspiring to be joined by individuals, teams and families whose hard work means we’ve raised a remarkable £55,000 to help tackle homophobic language in Britain’s schools.’

Catherine Bosworth, Stonewall’s Director of Fundraising

Research conducted by Stonewall shows that 99 per cent of young people regularly hear phrases like ‘that’s so gay’ or ‘you’re so gay’ in school. These insults can have a devastating impact on lesbian, gay and bisexual young people’s self-esteem and confidence. Stonewall’s campaign, Gay: Let’s Get the Meaning Straight, is helping schools and young people tackle this abuse and put a stop to homophobic language.

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More information can be found at www.stonewall.org.uk/getoverit 

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