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More than 80 Sussex students, staff and alumni participate in Pride parade

Stephanie Kirby (centre) and friends at Pride

More than 80 students, staff and alumni joined thousands of other revellers in this year’s Brighton & Hove Pride parade. 

Pride is one of the major events in the city’s calendar and is a celebration of LGBT+ communities. This is the second year that the University has been an official partner of Brighton & Hove Pride.

The theme for this year was ‘Colour My World’ to celebrate 40 years of the iconic rainbow flag designed by San Francisco-based artist Gilbert Baker. People who took part in the parade dressed in bright colours to create a technicolour celebration of diversity.

The University’s colour was yellow to represent ‘sunlight’, and participants were proudly sporting yellow t-shirts, umbrellas and pom-poms as the parade set off from Hove Lawns. They were cheered on by thousands of spectators who lined the route through the city.

Business and Management Studies undergraduate Erin Cook, who marched in the parade last year, said: “I wanted to be in the parade with Sussex again because the atmosphere last year was incredible, and the energy was even better this year.

“The pride that Sussex shows in its LGBT+ community makes me feel safe and welcomed as a student.”

Donor Relations and Scholarships Coordinator, Maja Prausnitz Hendrickson, also took part in the parade. As a teenager in the mid-1980s, Maja attended Pride marches in New York and Baltimore.

Reflecting on her experiences of these Pride events, Maja commented: “Being able to hold hands and kiss in public – safely and without anyone batting an eye – was a once-a-year treat for a lot of people back then. Some of my friends had to lie to their parents about going to Pride and carefully avoided being photographed.

“Thankfully, things have come a very long way since then and Saturday felt like a marvellous celebration of that journey.”

Estate Services Coordinator, Stephanie Kirby, marched in the Pride parade with Unison. Stephanie said: “It was an incredible experience to be in the parade for the first time, having watched many times from the sides. There was lots of dancing and hi-fiving spectators and supporters.

"But I also met so many new people, hearing their stories about what Pride meant to them, and about their journeys to accepting and loving themselves and finding acceptance and love from other people. It was a magical, glittery day.”

More than 400,000 people took part in the weekend’s celebrations which included a large festival in Preston Park as well as other events throughout the city.

Did you take part in this year’s Pride parade? Please email your photos to internalcomms@sussex.ac.uk.


By: Sean Armstrong
Last updated: Wednesday, 8 August 2018

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