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University of Sussex celebrates at Brighton Pride

Members of the Sussex LGBTQ+ student society were joined by staff and alumni to celebrate Brighton Pride - one of the city’s annual highlights - on 5 August. Sussex participants proudly wore their fetching rainbow caps and gowns on the University’s first ever parade float.

The theme for Pride 2017 was Summer of Love, to mark 50 years since the partial decriminalisation of homosexuality in 1967. The parade started from Hove Lawns and ended in Preston Park, where the main festival took place.

Brighton Pride is an annual celebration of LGBTQ+ communities, attracting thousands of visitors to the city every year. This was the first time that the University has been an official partner of Brighton Pride, and a rainbow flag can be seen flying over Sussex House to celebrate the University’s commitment to equality and diversity.   

Professor Andrea Cornwall, Deputy Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Equality and Diversity), said: “There is still much more that can be done to improve recognition of LGBT+ rights and increase understanding of the issues that LGBT+ individuals and communities face.

“That is why I’m delighted that the University was an official partner of this year’s Brighton and Hove Pride, and I’m proud of the University's commitment to equality, dignity and respect for all."

If you attended Pride at weekend, we’d love to see your pictures. If you’d like to share your photos, don’t forget to tag @sussexuni 


Posted on behalf of: University of Sussex
Last updated: Friday, 11 August 2017

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I took part in the parade and it was a wonderful experience and the organizing team were superb.

The only thing that I would like to mention is that as a researcher/associated tutor I felt that Sussex staff was under-represented. However, since the parade is not about gaining equal civil rights anymore, but about gaining visibility, I believe that it is important for staff and academics to engage in the march so students and younger generations have strong LGBTQ role models within the University.

Therefore, I would like to see more staff taking part on the years to follow!

From Olaya Moldes on 8 August 2017
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