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April 9, 2014

London-born Colin Kazim-Richards mimicked pulling his shorts down and put his left arm behind his bottom

A top soccer player who made a homophobic gesture at a football game was found guilty, it was reported today (9 April).

Colin Kazim-Richards mimicked pulling his shorts down and put his left arm behind his bottom at the match last February, Brighton magistrates heard.

The 27-year-old, who was playing for Blackburn Rovers at the time, claimed he was just having a ‘bit of banter’ with fans.

But he was convicted of using abusive or insulting behavior.

April 2, 2014

Ever been to a dog pride show? If you answered no, you’ll be barking mad to miss this… *warning terrible puns oncoming*

They’ve been brushed, clipped and covered in glitter… It’s the Brighton and Hove Dog Pride Show 2014!

The event will be held to give a new leash of life to the Brighton Pride 2014 event series, featuring awards for the best categories and even a glamorous catwalk for the dogs to strut down.

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February 25, 2014

Don your cha-cha heels for 2014 Brighton Pride in Preston Park, where organizers have planned for extended opening times, unlimited entertainment and the comeback of the acclaimed main stage

This year, Pride Brighton & Hove promises to return louder and prouder with ‘The World is a Disco’ parade.

Taking place on Saturday 2 of August, 2014’s LGBTI community pride march will celebrate music and dance from around the world, as well as bring attention to global LGBTI communities whose basic rights to party and live freely are denied.

Paul Kemp, Pride Festival Director said: ‘This year we have much to celebrate around the UK, with same sex marriage equality and our freedom to live.’

July 25, 2013

Brighton & Hove Pride have launched an Android and iPhone app guide to all of the events in the 2013 festival

Showing your pride at the Brighton & Hove Pride Festival in 2013 has never been easier thanks to the launch of a new smart phone app that will guide you to all of the events in the festival.

‘Whether you are watching or taking part in the parade, traveling to the park, enjoying the city and it’s bars, taking in the entertainment and the Pride Arts & Film Festival or simply want to be ahead of the rest with Brighton Pride news, Pride's new App is absolutely essential,’ organizers say.

July 19, 2013

A bright and sunny forecast smiles on Britain’s gayest seaside city for their pride weekend 3-4 August

Anticipation for Brighton Pride is in full swing with only two weeks left until the highly anticipated festivities.

Tickets to the Brighton Pride are on sale for £17.50 ($26.50 €20) until Saturday 3 August, when they’ll be available for £20.

You can also win Brighton Pride tickets by signing up to their newsletter on the Brighton Pride home page. £1 of every ticket sold will go directly to Rainbow Fund to support the LGBT community in Brighton.

July 5, 2013

New arts festival with 20 events over two weeks starts this month

Brighton Pride will be bigger than ever this year with the launch of a new arts and film festival. The LGBT cultural festival will include 20 events taking place over two weeks in the run up to the annual Pride parade on 3 August.

The festival starting on 19 July covers art, film, theatre and performance; with highlights including Icons, a major LGBT art and photography exhibition in Brighton’s Jubilee Library.

July 2, 2013

Brighton is going barking mad for its Doggy Pride day to prove man’s best friend is sometimes found in a kennel, not on Grindr

Glossy coats, bright eyes, wagging tails and wet noses… it could be any gay pride in the world but actually is a special one – for dogs.

Doggy Pride is coming to Brighton, the gay capital of Britain’s south coast, and you’d be barking mad to miss it.

It features awards for numerous categories, retail stalls, a glamorous catwalk doggy fashion show, bar and refreshments at an event designed for dog lovers of all ages.

This years Doggy Pride takes place at Hove RFC (Shirley Drive, Hove) on 28 July. Entry is free although all donations are welcome.

June 26, 2013

Two of the gayest acts in British reality show history will appear alongside Alison Moyet, Paloma Faith and original Sugababes MKS

Two of the gayest Britain’s Got Talent acts in the show’s history will star at this year’s Brighton Pride.

Cartoonish flamboyant foursome The Clubtown Freaks and dance troupe The Glambassadors will play on the main stage on 3 August.

They will appear alongside headline acts including ageless singer Paloma Faith, synthpop songstress Alison Moyet, the original Sugababes Mutya, Keisha and Siobhan as well as the new girl group with the lesbian star Stooshe.

May 3, 2013

We check into Brighton gay hotel Legends and check out the shopping, sights, sea and scene highlights

Brighton has always attracted the right sort. Way back in 1822, when the seaside city was just developing as a holiday capital, a servant from Newcastle-upon-Tyne, George Wilson, met a guardsman there in a pub called the Duke of Wellington.

Fancying the look of him, and probably knowing guardsmen were famously easy, he offered him a sovereign and two shillings to go to the beach together and ‘commit an unnatural crime’.

Not much has changed.

May 3, 2013

Mutya, Keisha and Siobahn will perform song by Emeli Sande. Stooshe, Lucy Spraggan and boybands also join acts for gay festival on Britain’s south coast

Paloma Faith and Mutya, Keisha and Siobahn (MKS) are among the acts confirmed today for Brighton Pride.

The LGBT park-based festival in Britain’s gayest seaside city is not until 3 August. But early entrants to the line-up are already being announced.

May 2, 2013

Rianna Humble, who is also a lesbian, is a Labour politician campaigning for a seat in the 2015 general election

A politician is fighting to become the UK’s first transgender MP.

Rianna Humble, who is also a lesbian, is in the running to become the Labour parliamentary candidate for either Hove or Brighton Kemptown.

If chosen, she will then attempt to unseat one of the Conservatives at the 2015 General Election.

April 3, 2013

Fans of Brighton and Hove Albion want Britain’s Football Association and others to take gay hate more seriously as report reveals it blights most games

Most of Brighton and Hove Albion soccer club’s games have been marred by homophobia in the 2012 to 2013 season.

The city of Brighton, on the south coast of England, is famous for its large LGBT population putting its football club on the frontline of the battle against gay hate in sport.

Now a new report says the club’s fans – gay and straight – have been the victim of homophobia by at least 68% of opponents they have faced this season, in at least two thirds of away games and in 53% of all their matches in 2012 to 2013.

February 14, 2013

Blackburn Rovers footballer Colin-Kazim Richards is under investigation for making homophobic gestures toward fans at Brighton

A British soccer player is being investigated by police after allegedly making anti gay gestures.

Colin-Kazim Richards, 26, who currently plays for Championship team Blackburn Rovers, is being accused of making homophobic gestures towards fans in a match against Brighton and Hove Albion on Tuesday (12 February ).

October 26, 2012

Police are urgently appealing for help after a man in his 30s was attacked in the early hours of this morning

A man in his 30s has been taken to hospital with life-threatening head injuries after an attack in Brighton's gay quarter.

The victim was assaulted in the very early hours of this morning (26 October) in the area around St James's Street and was admitted to Royal Sussex County Hospital.

A scene guard from Sussex Police remains in the area while officers carry out forensic examinations and speak to locals.

September 3, 2012

Brighton Pride organizers have responded to a headliner cancelling, and claims of kettling from Queers Against Cuts

Pop star and X Factor winner Alexandra Burke cancelled her performance at Brighton and Hove Pride on Saturday (1 September).

The ‘Bad Boys’ singer, who was a headline act for the gay festival held in the British seaside city, pulled out after her technical team said they were unsatisfied with the venue.

Director of Brighton and Hove Pride Trevor Edwards told Gay Star News negotiations had broken down in the late afternoon after her management’s new requirements could not be accommodated.

September 3, 2012

Pride organizers defend Sussex Police after accused of 'kettling' anti-government group Queers Against Cuts during the parade

Police have hailed Brighton Pride a 'great success' despite arresting 40 people over theft, drugs, being drunk and disorderly, common assault or affray.

Only five people were charged in total and Brighton and Hove Divisional Commander, Chief Superintendent Graham Bartlett, said the 'vast majority' of revellers at Saturday's (1 September) event enjoyed themselves and would take away 'fond memories'.

'Given the sheer size of the event, I would say that the day was a great success,' he said.

August 23, 2012

Weapon of Choice chart-topper to get pride partygoers' blood pumping at UK city's annual LGBT festival

Superstar DJ Fatboy Slim will be spinning the decks at this year's gay pride festival in Brighton.

The Right Here, Right Now chart-topper will get the crowd sweating in the Wild Fruit dance tent at the LGBT party in Preston Park on 1 September.

Fatboy Slim, otherwise known as Norman Cook, said he was happy to be gigging in his hometown again.

'Thank heavens for the Olympics. After many years of missing pride because it always fell on the busiest weekend of my year, the date has moved to September so I can finally join the fun.

May 2, 2012

With the Stonewall Equality Walk and Brighton Festival this month, we check out the classic British seaside destination with an alternative, and very gay, edge

The GSN team will be taking to the streets of Brighton this Sunday (6 May) for a 10km charity walk to raise funds for Britain’s leading lesbian, gay and bisexual campaign organization, Stonewall.

The seaside city remains a favorite of London day-trippers, stag and hen parties, families seeking a traditional beach holiday, loved-up couples on a dirty weekend and, of course, lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender travellers.

April 10, 2012

The public will be able to choose the theme for the event on England's south coast

Brighton Pride have announced the final two themes in consideration for this year’s event, with the winner to be decided by the local community and online voters. The choice is between the United Colours of Pride and Triumphs and Tragedies.

The event will take place on 1 September in Brighton in the south of England. The final two themes were picked after local newspaper the Argus called for suggestions from readers.

March 24, 2012

Readers of The Argus newspaper given opportunity to shape iconic LGBT festival

In the run up to the 2012 Pride Brighton and Hove festival, The Argus newspaper have teamed up with the new event organisers to run a competition for Brighton locals to come up with ideas for this year's theme.

March 7, 2012

Pride in Brighton and Hove will return this year with new organizers, despite its previous financial woes

One of Britain’s most popular gay parties, Pride in Brighton and Hove, has been saved.

The festival, which traditionally runs every summer in the Sussex seaside city, had debts of £200,000 ($316,000 €242,000) and it was looking increasingly likely to face closure.

However, a new group, made up of Club Revenge owners Michael Deol and Robert Webb, G magazine editor James Ledward and Paul Kemp of Wild Fruit nightclub, have won a bid to run this year's event.

February 6, 2012

A 16-year-old girl from the UK was beaten after anti-gay abuse on train, a court heard

A lesbian teenager was 'punched and kicked' on a packed train by a group of girls after kissing her partner.

The 16-year-old was attacked on 15 October last year while travelling by train to Bexhill in Sussex, England, with her girlfriend, also 16, after attending the Hastings Bonfire celebrations.

February 2, 2012

One of Britain’s biggest gay parties facing collapse. Statement expected tomorrow from organisers

One of Britain’s most popular gay parties, Pride in Brighton and Hove, has debts of £200,000 ($316,000 €242,000) and may be facing closure.

The organisers appear to have disconnected their phone in the south coast seaside city and locals say they have moved out of their offices.

With debts rising from £50,000 to £68,000 and then to £200,000 in the last three years, there seems little opportunity for the event to continue with its current structure.