New LGTB Festival Begins in Kemptown Marquee

A marquee named the Phil Starr Pavilion and erected on Kemptown’s New Steine will play host to a 17 day LGTB festival launching on Friday 3 February.

More than 50 events are taking place as part of the B.RIGHT.ON LGBT Festival which features performances Myra Dubois, Lorraine Bowen (the Crumble Song lady from Britain’s Got Talent), Miss Jason, Dave Lynn, Davina Sparkle, Sally Vate, Kara Van Park and legendary drag queen Maisie Trollette.

It’s been organised by the volunteer-led LGBT Community Safety Forum who say they aim to, “engage the city in the wide range of issues highlighted through the work of the Brighton & Hove LGBT Community Safety Forum.”

The festival also features a series of free community events including a mental health day hosted by the LGBT+ mental health project MindOut, HIV History Day hosted by Lunch Positive, a yoga day and a Family Fun Day.

The venue takes its name from drag entertainer Phil Starr whose career spanned 50 years and died in Brighton in 2005.

It’s all part of which LGBT History month takes place every February around the world.

The festival opens on 3 February with a gala celebrating the last 25 years work of The Sussex Beacon, a local HIV charity whose services are in danger of closing

To book tickets for all events visit: www.lgbt-help.com

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