Pride in Brighton and Hove & Brighton and Hove City Council
United Kingdom

We believe that these proposals by Pride in Brighton & Hove will have an irreversible and disastrous effect on Brighton Pride and the LGBT community which it represents. The Pride in Brighton & Hove Trustees have not thought these through properly. We propose/demand a re-think and a dialogue between Pride and Community Groups

For the local community it raises issues of affordability. Can a closested 16year old Trans Boy in school ask his parents for the money to attend, how will people on low wages/who are unemployed afford this, and are pensions high enough for our older community to also include £17.50 for a trip to the park.

Families with children (whether they be parents of same sex, opposite sex or single parents) are still being expected to pay the same price for their children. A couple with 2 children will face costs around £75 (based on 4 tickets being £12.50 plus food, drink and travel).

Last year Reclaim Pride (a rival bid to host the celebration) costed the event at £6 which included all the park attractions, fencing, security and a guaranteed percentage for Charity. We want clear accounts and costing to show where this extra £11.50 is going.

Pride is to celebrate LGBT History, celebrate diversity, and fight against inequality. We show that we are equal, valued members of society. We fund raise to assist those who are oppressed because of their Sexual Orientation and/or Gender Identity.

The Party, as fun as it is, is 2nd to all of this... Pricing LGBT+ people out of Pride is against the spirit of things, and shows that as a community we don't care for our poorest and most vulnerable.

We the undersigned are appalled by the huge hike Pride in Brighton & Hove have taken this year; Going from a free event, to now costing up to £17.50 each. We call upon the Trustees to re-assess this decision and to consult with LGBT Community groups.

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