The Green Party will once again join Brighton & Hove’s flagship celebration this weekend.
Brighton Pavilion MP Caroline Lucas said:
“I am delighted that we’ll be celebrating Pride here in Brighton and Hove again this summer. It’s a highlight of the cultural calendar in the city and something everyone looks forward to.
In many ways Pride is a symbol of what makes Brighton such a great place to live.
“It’s about celebrating diversity and it sums up the city’s fierce commitment to justice and equality. So whether you’re a resident or a visitor, I hope you enjoy Brighton Pride again this summer.”
The city-wide celebration is also a chance to reflect and and think of people still living in fear because of their sexuality or gender identity, and this year, special remembrance of the tragic events in Orlando.
Cllr Phélim Mac Cafferty, Convenor of the Green Group on Brighton & Hove City Council, said:
“The Pride march is something that Greens have been proudly taking part in for as long as it’s been happening in the city. This year we celebrate ‘Uniting Nations’ and I’m thrilled Greens, once again, will be showing our solidarity with the LGBT community locally, nationally and internationally.
“Against the backdrop of the terror attacks in Orlando and rising hate crimes post-Brexit, it’s fantastic to be able to put our energy into a positive celebration of the LGBT community.
“Pride provides the opportunity to showcase the values of Brighton & Hove and welcome visitors from all over in a spirit of tolerance and inclusiveness. Let’s make our entire city proud.”
Local Party Co-Chair Davy Jones, who will be joining Green Councillors on the community parade, said:
“Pride is an incredibly important day for our city and a chance for us all to celebrate the achievements of the LGBT groups across Brighton & Hove.
It’s also a chance for us to recognise the amazing work of charities and campaign groups who do so much to make this city a beacon of hope and tolerance on an international scale”.