Re: Winter 2013/14 - Page 77

Royal Pavilion human rights activist Aung San Suu Kyi on Kensington Street, an Honorary Freewoman of the City of Brighton & Hove. Our gay community make a vital contribution to culture, leading as a strong example for the city’s Equality and Diversity Charter. Brighton’s first Pride, was organised by the Sussex Gay Liberation Front in 1973, only seven years after Homosexuality was still a criminal act. To add to this, nothing speaks quite like free will when you find that the majority of the country’s Jedis live in Brighton. My perfect day out would mean an ea rly rise to walk through the lanes, once a fishing town, towards the sea, when there are only the seagulls around (usually fighting and never quite as approachable as I think they should be) buying a fresh coffee and scoffing chocolate brioche from my favourite bakery. Brighton seems intimate with the lack of tall buildings until you reach the vast expanse of the sea, always there, always breath taking and always making sure we don’t get lost. A walk back through the lanes, to buy things I don’t really need, talking to the shopkeepers that don’t care whether I buy anything and finally finishing off with a trip to the Duke of York’s cinema, the oldest operating picture house in the country which opened in 1910. Brighton has an earned right to act and speak enthusiastically from experience, taking more risks than any other city, safe in the knowledge that it already has a reputation for self-expression. I love Brighton for allowing me to escape and be free. By Cynthia Bossert Gay Pride - Photo courtesey of Scott Anderson 75