LGBTQI+ guide to Brighton
Welcome to Britain’s unofficial LGBTQI+ capital. This seaside city is known for its open attitude, vivacious clubbing scene and two-day Pride extravaganza. Explore our guide to LGBTQI+ Brighton for the rundown on the best neighbourhoods, hotels and events in the city.
Dates for the diary
Brighton Pride, August
4 - 7 August 2023
One of the biggest Pride festivals in the UK, Brighton Pride attracts hundreds of thousands of visitors every year. Expect a two-day extravaganza with FABULOSO – Pride in the Park, and a whole host of outstanding live music, Queer theatre, dance tents and a range of immersive experiences.
Brighton Bear Weekend
6 - 9 July 2023
Britain’s bear community comes out to play for Brighton Bear Weekend. Held annually, this increasingly popular date for bears and cubs comprises a range of pub events, picnics and parties.
Get to know Brighton
The labyrinth of alleyways that make up the historic Lanes area is dotted with antique shops, designer boutiques and jewellers – making this a recommended spot for sourcing unusual gifts, or even a wedding ring! The alternative North Laine is a hipster haven of vintage clothing stores, organic juice bars and piercing parlours.
An excellent way to learn all about Brighton’s queer history is to follow in the footsteps of Lord Byron, Oscar Wilde, Dusty Springfield and other notable gays and lesbians on the Piers & Queers Tour. This unique walking exploration of Brighton’s LGBTQ+ past is offered by Only in Brighton, and is one of Time Out’s top ranked things to do in the city.