We at beOUTbeFREE.com (Brighton based LGBTQ+ Travel Agency) are trying to raise funds to have a permanent landmark in Brighton to celebrate 50 years since the Stonewall Riots & a celebration of diversity we hold dear in Brighton.
We feel that a permanent rainbow crossing on st James st in Kemp town would be a perfect location for such a thing.
We have recently been inspired by the recent permanent rainbow crossing that has been installed in Lambeth London on 16th Aug 2019, meaning legally this IS POSSIBLE TO DO IN THE UK!
Kemp town is historically and unofficially the LGBTQ+ area in Brighton and would be a perfect area for such an important historical mile stone to be celebrated with a visual price of art, that also represents the past struggles the LGBTQ+ community have had and where we are today, and a statement to the future to how there is still work to do. As well as celebrating diversity in our beloved city of Brighton that many LGBTQ+ people now call home.
We understand that this should not come from the public purse. Therefore we are asking for donations form the LGBTQ+ community and business in Brighton and further a field to help fund such a project.
Of course we have at this stage, no clear cost involved, but we would seek to find a true cost, looking forward. We have put a figure of 20k but if this is greater we would adapt and inform, if this is less and we raise more, then we would give the remaining sum to the LGBTQ+ charity The Rainbow Hub which is also on St James street.
We are in the beginning stages or trying to make this happen and will be in contact with Brighton & Hove council and the highways agency to explore the possibility’s for this to legally happen.
We feel this would be a great visual memorial to the past struggles and present and the future equality for the LGBTQ+ community not just in Brighton but further afield to. And for tourist to our city to see a visual appreciation to our community in the city we call home.
The work starts now. Let’s see what we can do together for a permanent landmark in Brighton to mark 50 years since the Stonewall Riots and celebrate our great diversity in Brighton that we cherish and appreciate, but still have work to do.