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Artwork by Lawrence Edwards
A place where
everyone shines.
We live in a vibrant and diverse city. The lesbian, gay, bisexual and
transgender (LGBT) community is an integral part of this energy.
It’s our role as a council to confront discrimination and homophobia
in all its forms. A key part of achieving this is ensuring we attract
and retain a workforce that truly represents the community
we serve. We’ve put in place a number of initiatives to help this
happen including an LGBT Workers Forum, recruitment campaigns,
a diversity mentoring programme and achieving StoneWall
Diversity Champion membership.
The theme for this year’s Pride in Brighton
and Hove will be the United Colours of
Pride, as voted for by readers of The Argus.
Following a competition held in the
paper, which attracted a wide range
of suggestions, a panel of the festival’s
organisers and the newspaper’s staff
whittled it down to two suggestions: the
United Colours of Pride and Triumphs and
Entries from charity director Helen Jones
and photographer Phil Bailey both wanted
the themes to reflect a return to the
original values of Pride in remembering
the thousands of LGBT community
members around the globe who still face
violence and discrimination.
Ms Jones, who suggested the winning
theme, is director at MindOut LGBT
mental health project in Community Base
in Brighton and said in her submission:
“The inclusion of issues such as identifying
the countries where LGBT community
members are still discriminated against
will give the event a political edge and
relevance in 2012 while not detracting
from the carnival atmosphere and colour
of the parade.”
Trevor Edwards, Pride Brighton and Hove
director, said: “We were heartened to see
suggestions taking pride in our forces,
public services and all things Britannia in
this Olympic and Jubilee year.
Organisers have confirmed that the Parade
route will remain the same this year and
registration is now open for those wishing
to organise floats.
Brighton & Hove
PRIDE 2012