Brighton & Hove offers a range of regular LGBT events throughout the year - from the large scale celebrations of Brighton Pride to more intimate comedy nights.
You'll discover the key ones below, plus details of LGBT walking tours & LGBT public art & sculpture. Please check our What's On section too, as many more LGBT events pop up through the year, particularly around Pride and the Pink Fringe.
NB: Event dates and details can change - so please check individual websites for the most up to date information.
LGBT History Month - Brighton's LGBT History Month celebrates the lives & achievements of the LGBT community through film, art, books & discussion...
Brighton Bear Weekend - Join the bears for a weekend of fun, sun and fur by the seaside! Includes cabaret, club nights & a picnic. All profits go to the Rainbow Fund...
Eyes Wide Open - As well as the summer Eyes Wide Open Queer Film Festival, the Duke of York's & Dukes at the Komedia cinemas both hold regular Queer film nights...
Trans Pride - The festival which puts the T first includes a celebration in a park and a fantastic arts programme in collaboration with Pink Fringe.
Brighton Pride - Loved locally & acclaimed nationally Brighton Pride is a celebration of all that is great about the city & its LGBT community...
Gay Men's Chorus - Brighton Gay Men's Chorus is a stalwart of the Brighton & Hove choir scene & they regularly put on performances...
Bent Double - Brighton Komedia's monthly & irreverent LGBT comedy night hosted by the hilarious Zoe Lyons. Fun & frolics guaranteed...
Marlborough Theatre - The Marlborough pub is a popular lesbian haunt & the accompanying theatre has a focus on queer performance
LGBT Walking Tours
Only in Brighton offer a unique 'Piers & Queers' walking tour of the city, which provides an entertaining look at the characters of Brighton over the last 200 years from an LGBT perspective. Walks run regularly throughout the Brighton Fringe (May), plus private walks are also available on demand.
LGBT Public Art & Sculpture
Brighton & Hove has a number of public art & sculpture pieces that celebrate LGBT life, including the UK's only permanent AIDS memorial sculpture:
- 'Kissing Policemen' - Banksy Wall Art - Trafalgar Street - Painted on the side of the Prince Albert pub on Trafalgar Street (just below Brighton Station) is one of Brighton's most famous pieces of public art. The original has recently been removed & sold to a private collector, but a permanent copy remains at the site behind a perspex sheet.
- The Kissing Wall - Brighton Seafront - This striking 'wall' on the promenade near Brighton Pier consists of a large sheet of blue metal punctured with thousands of holes. When viewed from certain angles light penetrates through the holes and reveals images of local people kissing - of all ages & sexualities.
- AIDS Memorial Sculpture - New Steine Gardens - Standing 4 metres high, this dramatic bronze sculpture by artist Romany Mark Bruce depicts two intertwined figures soaring towards the sky. The sculpture forms a shadow in the shape of a red ribbon; the international symbol for HIV/AIDS awareness.