LGBTQ Calling card, 1990s
Brighton has been famous for being a party town, a place to escape to, since the early 1800s when George IV commissioned his Royal Pavilion and the town began to develop as a holiday resort. The number of soldiers stationed in Brighton during wartime attracted gay men to Brighton, and by the mid-20th century there was a thriving subculture of pubs, tea dances and even a men’s beach. Today Brighton has the highest proportion of same-sex households and civil partnerships in the UK. Listen to local residents discussing LGBTQ life in Brighton in the Images of Brighton gallery.