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Monday 19 August 2019

Funds Sought For Permanent Brighton Rainbow Crossing To Celebrate Fifty Years Since Stonewall Riots

A campaign & fund raiser is up-and-running to place a permanent rainbow crossing on St James Street, Kemp Town, Brighton.

Marc Silver, founder of beOUTbeFREE.com (Brighton based LGBTQ+ travel agency), feels that the proposed permanent rainbow crossing would be a perfect location, having been inspired by the rainbow crossing recently installed in Lambeth, South London.

Mr Silver says:

"Kemp Town in Brighton is historically and unofficially the LGBTQ+ area of Brighton and would be a perfect location for such an important historical mile stone (fifty years since the Stonewall Riots) to be celebrated with a visual piece of art. 

"It also represents the past struggles of the LGBTQ+ community and where we are today, as well as a statement to the future to how there is still work to do. 

"We understand that this should not come from the public purse.  

"Therefore, we are asking for donations form the LGBTQ+ community and local businesses in Brighton and further afield to help fund such a project."
 
"We have a figure of 20k (as the estimated cost) but this may have to change. 

"If the cost is greater, we would adapt and inform accordingly with cost estimates. 

"If the cost is less and we raise more than we need, then we would donate the remaining funds available to the Brighton LGBTQ+ charity The Rainbow Hub, which is also situated on St James Street.

"We feel this would be a great visual memorial to the past struggles and the future equality for the LGBTQ+ community, not just in Brighton but further afield. 

"In doing so giving a great piece of new art to St James Street and Brighton." 

To donate towards the 'Brighton Rainbow Crossing' CLICK HERE.

by: Mike Cobley




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