In just over a month’s time, Brighton will be awash with people from all over the LGBT community, celebrating what is set to be a fantastic LGBT Pride. With this year’s theme, Gay Icons, expect the parade to be filled with troupes of’ Marilyn’s; both seven year itch and 80’s icon variety, along with a few Madonna’s, Divines, and a smattering of Diana’s; Dors, Rigg, Princes.
It would be great to see some alternative gay icons hitting the parade to join Golden Handbag Award winner and fund raiser extraordinaire, Danny Dwyer who was elected as Brighton’s first ever Gay Pride Ambassador. (Danny is the founder of social group and fundraiser, Bear Patrol who have raised near to £50,000 for the Sussex Beacon and local good causes.) Other’s The Brighton Writer would like to see joining the parade, include: Alexander the Great, (what made him great? Now we know, he was gay.) Robert Mapplethorpe (he would go down a storm at the ‘specialist’ market stall at Pride.) and how about a few Oscar Wild’s, quoting prose in the literary tent.
This year see the return of the main stage, which The Brighton Writer has always thought was missing, as it gives the day a focal point. Hitting the main stage this year are; Paloma Faith (DJ set) Alison Moyet, Boy Band, The Mend, Girl group, Stooshe, 80’s gay icon Hazel Dean and the original line of from the Sugar Babes; Mutya, Siobhan and Keisha …any truth in the rumor that the latest incarnation of the Sugar Babes include two bears and a leather clad lesbian have yet to be unconfirmed. Taking of which, this year sees a much needed, bigger ‘Bear space’, with the promise of dancing bears, (with a great line up of DJ’s including; HiFi Sean, Severino, Micky Galliano, Chris Barker, Richard Jones, Josh the Barber, Phil Lovedisco, DJ Mikalis, Lee Jeffrey, bear bar, hog roast, food stalls and a ‘Bears in the Woods’ area!
The Dance Tent has the return of Fat Boy Slim, ensuring the place will be rammed to the rafters once again. Other firm favourites in the park include the women’s tent, drag tent with the formidable, Lola Lasagne, along with a bevy of supreme drag artists, including: Maisie Trollette. Miss Jason, Dave Lynn, Sandra and Drag with no name.
Also get your boots on for some line dancing, then kick-ball-change to the ever popular market stalls, fair rides and eateries. Just make sure you spin yourself dizzy before stuffing your face with noodles and candy floss, as you know that’s just going to end in tears….or sick splattered punters on the Wall of Death! Of course, despite all this fun, there will be those who will be asking if there’s any need for Gay Pride these days. After all, the Police now take pride in being part of the march, unlike in Russia where you can be banged up for just uttering the word, gay. The reply is very much yes, there is and will always be a need for a LGBT Pride while there is still equality both here and across the world to send out a message to those who are afraid to come out of the closet for fear of persecution; to stand up to the bigots who wish they could have as much fun as us. And then there is the amazing feat of all those involved with Pride from turning the loss making Pride of yore, to the amazing fundraise it is today. So far tickets and events have raised a colossal, £16,237,00 for the Rainbow Fund, a local charity set up by James Ledward and Paul Elgood, providing much needed funds for local LGBT charities and good causes. So all that is left now is to brush down your sequins, leathers or plain old blue jeans and help celebrate what promises to be an amazing Brighton LGBT Pride.
Alison Moyet: When I was a girl http://youtu.be/n-wtJyh2Co4
The Mend: Where the Hell Where You? http://youtu.be/Ds6niJQHriM
Sugarbabes: Overload http://youtu.be/WRva8E770OU
Hazel Dean: They Say it’s Gonna Rain http://youtu.be/2en7mNvQ_5w
Stooshe: Slip http://youtu.be/0AqbL7o3ikE