Pride T-shirt, 1997
Following the June 1969 police raid on the Stonewall Inn, a gay bar in New York City, the city’s first Pride march took place in 1970 and the LGBTQ rights movement grew. London was the first UK city to have a Pride event in June 1971, with a large march taking place the following year. The first Pride march in Brighton happened in July 1973 but attracted only a small proportion of the town’s gay population. The next Brighton Pride took place in 1991 and has occurred annually ever since, drawing thousands of visitors to the city. The parade along the seafront and through the city centre finishes with a festival at Preston Park. Watch footage from Pride in the Exploring Brighton gallery.