With its laidback, bohemian atmosphere and reputation for cheeky, free thinking and lesbian and gay people, Brighton has long been considered UK’s gay capital. Voted Best UK Destination in 2008 by Pink Paper, Brighton is home to a unique, cosmopolitan atmosphere where boundaries between gay and straight merge. Whether it is to chill for a nonchalant cultural weekend or dive into the thriving Brighton gay scene in the ‘Gay Quarter’, the heady mix of things to do in the city combined with some of the best gay club nights in the country means one will never be stuck for something to do.

Since its fledging beginning in 1992 with a very modest afternoon event on The Level, Brighton Pride has evolved into the biggest free Pride in the UK. Voted ‘Best Pride’ on various occasions, the Brighton Pride summer Festival marks a pinnacle in any gay calendar. Quite simply the biggest and best free Pride in the UK and possibly in Europe, Brighton Pride celebrates everything gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender in a week long extravaganza of events and parties. The Festival promotes equality and diversity and advances education to eliminate discrimination against the LGBT community. The organization’s key objective is to develop an environment in favour of LGBT equality by providing information, advice and support.

According to official estimates, last year’s Pride manage to attract more than 150.000 cheerful visitors of all shapes and sizes, races and ages. Many of these participants were from the local LGBT community, but the festivities also drew the attention of numerous Londoners and people from the rest of the country, who all swarmed to the idyllic seaside location to partake in the gigantic party. The Main Park event was as always free of charge and there was a nice variety of community facilities, counting a Women’s Tent, Trans Tent, Line Dancing Tent and an Access Tent. The amazing entertainment in form of dance and cabaret was provided by local business.

The 2010 edition of the Brighton & Hove Pride will run for a whole week, starting July 30 and continue till August 8, and will contain a fantastic array of events happening across the city; some being favoured oldies and others being entirely novel.

* http://www.brightonpride.org/