Vote: What should be the theme for this year's Brighton Pride?

The theme for this year’s Pride in Brighton and Hove will be the United Colours of Pride or triumphs and tragedies.

Following a competition held in The Argus, which attracted a wide range of suggestions, a panel of the festival’s organisers and the newspaper’s staff have whittled it down to two suggestions.

Now we need you to make the final call and vote which one you want to see represented on the streets of the city on September 1.

Entries from charity director Helen Jones and photographer Phil Bailey both wanted the themes to reflect a return to the original values of Pride in remembering the thousands of LGBT community members around the globe who still face violence and discrimination.

Mr Bailey, 52, from Gloucester Street, Brighton, who suggested triumphs and tragedies, said: “It’s great that my idea is being considered.

“I did suggest it as a theme last year but it was discounted.”

Ms Jones, director at MindOut LGBT mental health project in Community Base in Brighton, said in her submission: “The inclusion of issues such as identifying the countries where LGBT community members are still discriminated against will give the event a political edge and relevance in 2012 while not detracting from the carnival atmosphere and colour of the parade.”

Trevor Edwards, Pride Brighton and Hove director, said: “We were heartened to see suggestions taking pride in our forces, public services and all things Britannia in this Olympic and Jubilee year.

“However the panel thought that we wanted something that acknowledged the struggles and sometimes turbulent history of Prides both around the world and here in Brighton and Hove.”

Preparations continue for this year’s event with Select Security and Stewarding again chosen as the security organisers for the event.

Organisers said they had already received 12 enquiries of interest from community groups and businesses keen to host floats since asking for pre-interest on their Facebook site last week.

Potential float organisers are being warned they will have to register quickly with a limited number of spaces available with costs ranging from £50 for LGBT community groups to £800 for national businesses.

Registration is likely to take place soon after a key meeting between festival organisers, emergency services and city council officials on April 18.

Organisers have confirmed the parade route will remain the same this year.

Fifty posters advertising the event have also been put up around the Kemp Town area of the city.

The event’s website is also expected to go live around the start of May.

How to vote

Voting Rules

Tuesday April 10 – Voting opens by text and online poll above

Thursday April 12 – Voting closes at noon.

Friday April 13 – Pride 2012 theme announced in The Argus.

To vote for Triumphs and Tragedies, send your text to 80360 starting with TRIUMPHS leave a space, followed by your answer, name and contact details.

To vote for The United Colours of Pride, send your text to 80360 starting with UNITED leave a space, followed by your answer, name and contact details.

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10:00am Tue 10 Apr 12

Ashles says...

Well, these should be some interesting posts...
Well, these should be some interesting posts... Ashles

10:04am Tue 10 Apr 12

george smith says...

Yes, being gay in many parts of the world is very dangerous, which is totally unacceptable, however as Brighton Pride seem to run at a lose each year, I am not sure they will be much help to gays around the world that face serious problems. I would also doubt that despot regimes around the world will listen to gays in Brighton, Brighton Pride with the drunks and drug use isn't probably what they are aiming for as a society. Might be better to hang around street corners collecting for an international charity
Yes, being gay in many parts of the world is very dangerous, which is totally unacceptable, however as Brighton Pride seem to run at a lose each year, I am not sure they will be much help to gays around the world that face serious problems. I would also doubt that despot regimes around the world will listen to gays in Brighton, Brighton Pride with the drunks and drug use isn't probably what they are aiming for as a society. Might be better to hang around street corners collecting for an international charity george smith

10:04am Tue 10 Apr 12

stepford says...

So United Colours of Pride is the one that is hoping to bring politics back to pride and to use the parade to stick by our brothers and sisters without rights in other countries? That's what EVERY pride should be about. United Colours is my vote.
So United Colours of Pride is the one that is hoping to bring politics back to pride and to use the parade to stick by our brothers and sisters without rights in other countries? That's what EVERY pride should be about. United Colours is my vote. stepford

10:10am Tue 10 Apr 12

fedupwithgreens says...

Nothing, as its a load of rubbish a rip off and about as smart as putting money into barings bank!!!
Nothing, as its a load of rubbish a rip off and about as smart as putting money into barings bank!!! fedupwithgreens

12:47pm Tue 10 Apr 12

toldsloth says...

Have they paid back last years "loan" to the council?

Can somebody please answer this simple but important question?
Have they paid back last years "loan" to the council? Can somebody please answer this simple but important question? toldsloth

1:39pm Tue 10 Apr 12

tengri says...

toldsloth wrote:
Have they paid back last years "loan" to the council?

Can somebody please answer this simple but important question?
I have frequently asked about this and about any costs that the council is incurring this year and not just in the Argus comments section. Sadly no one bothers/has the balls to reply. Or maybe no one knows? This is quite clearly more important than choosing between two obscure and unexplained themes....
[quote][p][bold]toldsloth[/bold] wrote: Have they paid back last years "loan" to the council? Can somebody please answer this simple but important question?[/p][/quote]I have frequently asked about this and about any costs that the council is incurring this year and not just in the Argus comments section. Sadly no one bothers/has the balls to reply. Or maybe no one knows? This is quite clearly more important than choosing between two obscure and unexplained themes.... tengri

2:34pm Tue 10 Apr 12

cancelaccount says...

tengri wrote:
toldsloth wrote: Have they paid back last years "loan" to the council? Can somebody please answer this simple but important question?
I have frequently asked about this and about any costs that the council is incurring this year and not just in the Argus comments section. Sadly no one bothers/has the balls to reply. Or maybe no one knows? This is quite clearly more important than choosing between two obscure and unexplained themes....
1. the Theme for this years hedonists in the park should be 'Taking the P*ss!'

2. re 'the Loan', this has been quietly forgotten because the people who were responsible for last years debacle cease to be, that is 'the board of members' (ahem!) are no more and therefor the money or Debt will not be repaid.

S*d the funding of essential services like audio books for the blind,just fund events for your target audience/voters.....
[quote][p][bold]tengri[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]toldsloth[/bold] wrote: Have they paid back last years "loan" to the council? Can somebody please answer this simple but important question?[/p][/quote]I have frequently asked about this and about any costs that the council is incurring this year and not just in the Argus comments section. Sadly no one bothers/has the balls to reply. Or maybe no one knows? This is quite clearly more important than choosing between two obscure and unexplained themes....[/p][/quote]1. the Theme for this years hedonists in the park should be 'Taking the P*ss!' 2. re 'the Loan', this has been quietly forgotten because the people who were responsible for last years debacle cease to be, that is 'the board of members' (ahem!) are no more and therefor the money or Debt will not be repaid. S*d the funding of essential services like audio books for the blind,just fund events for your target audience/voters..... cancelaccount

2:36pm Tue 10 Apr 12

tengri says...

So that's last years funding explained. Any more coming from the council this year?
So that's last years funding explained. Any more coming from the council this year? tengri

2:56pm Tue 10 Apr 12

cancelaccount says...

tengri wrote:
So that's last years funding explained. Any more coming from the council this year?
private businessess and business persons have under-written the event, although I understand from an unrelaible source that the council are giving the event free reign over the use of preston park, that is it will be provided gratis.. thus taking a public space out of use by people who pay for its maintenance through their council tax, but again green Amy (preston park councillor)won't mind that, as I've said it panders to one of the Greens target/core voting groups.
[quote][p][bold]tengri[/bold] wrote: So that's last years funding explained. Any more coming from the council this year?[/p][/quote]private businessess and business persons have under-written the event, although I understand from an unrelaible source that the council are giving the event free reign over the use of preston park, that is it will be provided gratis.. thus taking a public space out of use by people who pay for its maintenance through their council tax, but again green Amy (preston park councillor)won't mind that, as I've said it panders to one of the Greens target/core voting groups. cancelaccount

3:17pm Tue 10 Apr 12

george smith says...

She and her mate Pete didn't mind them chopping the trees down in Wild park either. No interest in park users.
She and her mate Pete didn't mind them chopping the trees down in Wild park either. No interest in park users. george smith

3:17pm Tue 10 Apr 12

Ashles says...

tengri wrote:
toldsloth wrote: Have they paid back last years "loan" to the council? Can somebody please answer this simple but important question?
I have frequently asked about this and about any costs that the council is incurring this year and not just in the Argus comments section. Sadly no one bothers/has the balls to reply. Or maybe no one knows? This is quite clearly more important than choosing between two obscure and unexplained themes....
Now this is actually an interesting story. One that, I don't know, news media of some sort might consider running some kind of story about.
If only there were some local newspaper or something which would consider investigating interesting subjects such as this.

Oh well, since there clearly isn't, I guess it's back to reading about Peter Andre's coffee shop...
[quote][p][bold]tengri[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]toldsloth[/bold] wrote: Have they paid back last years "loan" to the council? Can somebody please answer this simple but important question?[/p][/quote]I have frequently asked about this and about any costs that the council is incurring this year and not just in the Argus comments section. Sadly no one bothers/has the balls to reply. Or maybe no one knows? This is quite clearly more important than choosing between two obscure and unexplained themes....[/p][/quote]Now this is actually an interesting story. One that, I don't know, news media of some sort might consider running some kind of story about. If only there were some local newspaper or something which would consider investigating interesting subjects such as this. Oh well, since there clearly isn't, I guess it's back to reading about Peter Andre's coffee shop... Ashles

7:58pm Tue 10 Apr 12

Maxwell's Ghost says...

cancelaccount can you tell me if the events which lead to the closure of much of the city including Madeira Drive all day pay the fees for the suspended parking bays?
This would include the London to Brighton bike ride, the various marathons, the various car rallies etc?
Are you saying that all events in the city should pay for the right to hold events or just the gays?
cancelaccount can you tell me if the events which lead to the closure of much of the city including Madeira Drive all day pay the fees for the suspended parking bays? This would include the London to Brighton bike ride, the various marathons, the various car rallies etc? Are you saying that all events in the city should pay for the right to hold events or just the gays? Maxwell's Ghost

8:59pm Tue 10 Apr 12

fedupwithgreens says...

How about a 'normal pride' party as im beggining to feel discriminated against because of my sexuality!!!!
How about a 'normal pride' party as im beggining to feel discriminated against because of my sexuality!!!! fedupwithgreens

9:51pm Tue 10 Apr 12

tengri says...

cancelaccount wrote:
tengri wrote:
So that's last years funding explained. Any more coming from the council this year?
private businessess and business persons have under-written the event, although I understand from an unrelaible source that the council are giving the event free reign over the use of preston park, that is it will be provided gratis.. thus taking a public space out of use by people who pay for its maintenance through their council tax, but again green Amy (preston park councillor)won't mind that, as I've said it panders to one of the Greens target/core voting groups.
As long as the council aren't directly paying it's fine with me. I don't mind them using the public park for one day - I assume they have to clean up after. It is good for Brighton to have a thriving gay community but I don't agree with council funding for such things.
[quote][p][bold]cancelaccount[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]tengri[/bold] wrote: So that's last years funding explained. Any more coming from the council this year?[/p][/quote]private businessess and business persons have under-written the event, although I understand from an unrelaible source that the council are giving the event free reign over the use of preston park, that is it will be provided gratis.. thus taking a public space out of use by people who pay for its maintenance through their council tax, but again green Amy (preston park councillor)won't mind that, as I've said it panders to one of the Greens target/core voting groups.[/p][/quote]As long as the council aren't directly paying it's fine with me. I don't mind them using the public park for one day - I assume they have to clean up after. It is good for Brighton to have a thriving gay community but I don't agree with council funding for such things. tengri

10:02pm Tue 10 Apr 12

aobboi says...

fedupwithgreens wrote:
How about a 'normal pride' party as im beggining to feel discriminated against because of my sexuality!!!!
Your comment itself is offensive; implying that gays are not indeed "normal" as you seem to see yourself. Maybe you should try attending this years Pride event and participating in a world famous Brighton event, as it is nothing but inclusive of all sexual orientations. It's such a shame the small minded members of our community get their noses so easily out of joint over Pride. Truth is it brings people from around the country and around the world (yes, it really does). I'm sure the bleeding hearts would be on here in an instant complaining about the downturn in the tourist trade or job losses the second the negative impacts of less visitors to our city was felt.
[quote][p][bold]fedupwithgreens[/bold] wrote: How about a 'normal pride' party as im beggining to feel discriminated against because of my sexuality!!!![/p][/quote]Your comment itself is offensive; implying that gays are not indeed "normal" as you seem to see yourself. Maybe you should try attending this years Pride event and participating in a world famous Brighton event, as it is nothing but inclusive of all sexual orientations. It's such a shame the small minded members of our community get their noses so easily out of joint over Pride. Truth is it brings people from around the country and around the world (yes, it really does). I'm sure the bleeding hearts would be on here in an instant complaining about the downturn in the tourist trade or job losses the second the negative impacts of less visitors to our city was felt. aobboi

11:07am Wed 11 Apr 12

leobrighton says...

fedupwithgreens wrote:
How about a 'normal pride' party as im beggining to feel discriminated against because of my sexuality!!!!
Having read many of your posts on here I can confirm you are certainly not a 'normal' human being.
[quote][p][bold]fedupwithgreens[/bold] wrote: How about a 'normal pride' party as im beggining to feel discriminated against because of my sexuality!!!![/p][/quote]Having read many of your posts on here I can confirm you are certainly not a 'normal' human being. leobrighton

12:40pm Wed 11 Apr 12

Bobsibobs says...

cancelaccount wrote:
tengri wrote:
So that's last years funding explained. Any more coming from the council this year?
private businessess and business persons have under-written the event, although I understand from an unrelaible source that the council are giving the event free reign over the use of preston park, that is it will be provided gratis.. thus taking a public space out of use by people who pay for its maintenance through their council tax, but again green Amy (preston park councillor)won't mind that, as I've said it panders to one of the Greens target/core voting groups.
"Thus taking a public space out of use..." WE ARE the public - how long before you realise/admit that a large proportion of funding of this council probably comes from the gay and lesbian community - See a bigger picture before making ignorant statements
[quote][p][bold]cancelaccount[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]tengri[/bold] wrote: So that's last years funding explained. Any more coming from the council this year?[/p][/quote]private businessess and business persons have under-written the event, although I understand from an unrelaible source that the council are giving the event free reign over the use of preston park, that is it will be provided gratis.. thus taking a public space out of use by people who pay for its maintenance through their council tax, but again green Amy (preston park councillor)won't mind that, as I've said it panders to one of the Greens target/core voting groups.[/p][/quote]"Thus taking a public space out of use..." WE ARE the public - how long before you realise/admit that a large proportion of funding of this council probably comes from the gay and lesbian community - See a bigger picture before making ignorant statements Bobsibobs

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