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Monday 02 August 2021

The Importance Of Brighton Pride By LGTBQ Employees Who Keep The Spirit Of The Event On Track

Brighton Pride is a staple event of the LGBTQ+ community and has been going for forty-nine years. Unfortunately, for the second year in a row the event has now been cancelled. 
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However, Govia Thameslink Railway (GTR), the UK's largest railway franchise, want to celebrate their employees who are part of the LGBTQ+ community.  

Patryk Kurdziel, 30, considers himself to be a lucky man. 

Originally born in Poland, Patryk moved to the UK when he was young and grew up as a young gay man in the UK without the limitations experienced in Poland.

Having joined GTR seven years ago, Patryk now works as a Customer Experience Delivery Manager and is also a proud member of the LGBTQ+ community.

Patryk understands the importance of pride events and the sense of community they give to younger members of the LGBTQ+ community.


Coming from a more conservative country, where LGBTQ+ people are not afforded the same freedoms, Patryk is passionate for being an advocate for the event throughout the year.

Cindy Knowles, 50, works for Govia Thameslink Railway's Rail Enforcement team, based in Purley. 

Cindy's job is to help keep the railway safe, by patrolling trains and stations to reduce crime.

Having no previous experience, Cindy saw a vacancy for the position, and thought that she had some transferrable skills from her job at the time, so took a leap of faith and applied for the position.

A proud member of the LGBTQ+ community, Cindy is sad that next weekend's Brighton Pride events are cancelled, however she understands and is now encouraging people who still plan on visiting the area to employ caution and take care when travelling.

by: Mike Cobley




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