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July 21, 2014

George Montague, in his 90s, was famously spotted driving his mobility scooter at 2009’s Brighton Pride

David Cameron has written a letter to congratulate the ‘oldest gay in the village’.

The affectionate moniker is George Montague’s, who was famously spotted driving his mobility scooter at 2009’s Brighton Pride.

In his 90s, he is one of the UK city’s most famous and loved citizens.

Montague sent the Prime Minister a copy of his new book, The Oldest Gay In The Village, to read.

July 12, 2014

UK city prepares for pride celebrations as special wristbands go on sale for their legendary street celebrations at the heart of the weekend

As Brighton Pride 2014 draws nearer, organizers are encouraging people to buy their new pledgebands to ensure they can enjoy the celebrations.

Due the popularity of Brighton Pride, as the UK seaside town is not only a LGBTI hotspot but also a cultural melting pot and summer destination, organizers have introduced a pledgeband, like a wristband, for revellers to buy for the weekend.

June 19, 2014

Fuzzies and their lovers head to the UK’s gay mecca on the coast for a weekend of boogies in the disco and picnics in the park

It’s only 'Fursday', but we’ve already got the weekend on the mind, and this one in particular.

In the British coastal town of Brighton, a slew of parties and events will be hosted for bears, cubs, otters, wolves and whatever other animal classification are out there for furry, burly gay men (and their admirers).

They’re calling it the Brighton Bear Weekender.

This year’s Bear Weekender will run from Friday 20 to Sunday 22 June 2014.

The events will include:

June 9, 2014

Heather Peace, who opened the crossing, said she wanted it to be a 'beautiful symbol during LGBT Pride month'

Brighton is being given a bold makeover as Europe’s first official ‘rainbow crossing’ was unveiled to celebrate Pride.

Created by local artists overnight, the rainbow stretches across the road at the artists’ quarter of Madeira Drive.

Hundreds are expected to visit the crossing. Even though the council supported the rainbow walk, it will be closed within a week.

Brighton Pride will take place on 2 August.

Due to government regulations, the police have also warned the public that it should not be considered an official road crossing.

May 23, 2014

We promise to not make a weak 'Brighton up your weekend' pun. Oops

Summer is coming, and many British people are packing their bags to head to the seaside.

And for LGBTI Brits, the best option is going down south to Brighton.

Not only is it known as the gay capital of Europe, it is a great place for a weekend away.

It’s open-minded, relaxed, and just a little bit eccentric.

Take a look at what is quite possibly the perfect gay weekend in Brighton.

May 22, 2014

Non-LGBTI crowd, heavy drinking and vast numbers caused problems for police. If community doesn’t back plan, whole festival could be shut down

The UK’s Brighton Pride is planning to charge for its street party for the first time to stop a ‘rough’ free-for-all with out of control drinking.

The change has been forced on organizers of the LGBTI festival on the south coast of England, which is a highlight of the British summer.

And if the community doesn’t agree to the new plan, the whole festival could be shut down for safety reasons.

April 10, 2014

With a rich gay history and exciting culinary offerings, not even gray British weather is enough to dampen Brighton's bright light

One thing can be said about British people and seaside cities: Inevitable bad weather will not stop them from having a good time. This is especially true in Brighton.

My weekend in the gay capital of the UK on the southern coast of England truly lived up to the British expectations of weather. It was grey, and it was windy.

However, my weekend could not have been any sunnier as I was treated to a weekend sampling of Brighton’s best bars and restaurants, and learning about its surprising history.

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.

Categories include:

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.