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Thursday 25 July 2019

The Stonewall Riots Fiftieth Anniversary Commemorated By Brighton-Based Artist & Gin Makers

Brighton Gin has teamed up with Brighton based artist Hizze Fletcher to create a label to recognise the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Riots, which mark the birth of the Gay Liberation Movement (GLM). 

The lable features Marsha P. Johnson, LGBTQ activist of colour and self identified drag queen, who was a prominent figure in the 1969 Stonewall uprising, when New York police raided the Stonewall Inn and provoked the start of riots and demonstrations.

Label artist Hizze Fletcher said: 

"Women have continued to be erased from their historical importance and Marsha P Johnson stands for that. 

"While we celebrate Pride and the 50th Anniversary of the Stonewall Riots let's remember that 'Pride is a Protest' which seems to have been forgotten." 


Through their Community Spirit initiative, Brighton Gin has supported dozens of charities across the city and beyond and is proud of the impact they've been able to have locally and across the UK.

The label will be on a limited run of 500 bottles, each one capped off with a special gold wax top.

A percentage from every bottle sold will be donated to The Rainbow Fund, the Brighton and Hove based grant-giving fund for local LGBTQ+ and HIV/AIDS organisations and good causes. 


""Now they got two little nice statues in Chariot Park to remember the gay movement. 

"How many people have died for these two little statues to be put in the park for them to recognise gay people? 

"How many years has it taken people to realise that we are all brothers and sisters and human beings in the human race? 

"I mean how many years does it take people to see that we're all in this rat race together!"  - Marsha P. Johnson In 1992

The limited edition collectible Brighton Pride bottle will be available direct from Brighton Gin's website at brightongin.com.   

by: Mike Cobley




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