Surprisingly, I haven’t been to that many Pride events around the world in my life, but the one I have returned to again and again is Brighton Pride. Okay, part of that reason is proximity. I lived in London for most of my twenties and the city by the seaside is less than an hour away by train. But I also just keep coming back because it’s pretty darn fabulous. At the beginning of the month, I headed down to Brighton for the 25th Brighton Pride event and has the best time. Here’s why I love it, and why you should go out of your way to visit next year.

#BrightonPride, yay! #Brighton #Pride #travel #gaytravel #gay #lgbt #mygaypride #instagay

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#BrightonPride parade! #Brighton #Pride #travel #gaytravel #gay #lgbt #mygaypride #instagay

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Brighton is super gay, anyway
Brighton is potentially the gayest place in all of the UK. I’m not exactly sure about the history of that and why it’s the case, but at any time of the year, you can find homos aplenty in Brighton. The people of Brighton seem to be really proud of how gay friendly their city is, and this creates such a welcoming atmosphere for the Pride day – more than any other Pride event I have visited.

It’s so so British
The UK is no longer my permanent home, but I still have a huge amount of affection for British culture. And when you step out of the train station and walk through the town and down to the seafront, you feel like you have stepped into a postcard from the British seaside. Local Pride events are most fun when you actually get a local flavour of the culture and what being gay means there, and there is a definitely a sense of that in Brighton.

#Brighton tho. #beach #seaside #UK #travel #gaytravel

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It’s pretty much a festival

Brighton Pride is more than a parade around the city (although the Parade is awesome too) – it’s a ticketed festival event held in Preston Park. At first, I was really not into the idea of the event being ticketed because I feel like a Pride event should be as inclusive as possible and making the event ticketed is certainly a barrier to entry to some people. With that said, this year I went to the ticketed festival for the first time, and it’s clear that the money (between £20-25 a ticket) is being spent in all the right ways. There were so many different tents, and the headline acts like Hercules & The Love Affair and The Human League were top notch. The park had a genuine festival feel that took it beyond a local Pride event.

The UK weather can be unpredictable to say the least, but this year there was not a single cloud in the sky. Cut to boys in slinky vests and short shorts, everyone drinking on the street in groups, and general fun in the sun.

If I’m back in England next summer, Brighton Pride will be right at the top of my list.

Which is your favourite Gay Pride event and why?

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