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Brighton Journal | 23rd January 2020

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Brighton local campaigns for a permanent rainbow crossing

Brighton local campaigns for a permanent rainbow crossing
Elizabeth Richardson

Local resident, Marc Silver, is campaigning for a permanent rainbow crossing installation to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Riots.

Marc runs beOUTbeFREE, an LGBTQ+ Travel Agency, who believe that a road crossing would be a great reminder to residents and tourists alike of Brighton’s appreciation for its LGBTQ+ community.

The campaign follows the recent installation of a rainbow road crossing in Lambeth, London. Lambeth is the first place in the UK to have a permanent rainbow crossing to show its solidarity with the LGBTQ+ community.

The mayor of Lambeth, Councillor Ibrahim Doğuş, stated that the crossing “is just one of the many ways that we will continue to stand in solidarity with all those who face discrimination in our borough and beyond.” Marc believes that Brighton should follow Lambeth’s footsteps, and thinks St James Street would be the perfect location.

Unveiling of the Lambeth rainbow crossing, Facebook © Lambeth Life Newspaper

Marc’s campaign reads as follows:

Kemptown is historically and unofficially as 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.

Marc believes the funding for the project should not come out of “public purse”, so has launched a gofundme fundraiser in the hopes of securing £20,000 for the installation. If the campaign raises more than its target, all proceeds will be donated to the LGBTQ+ charity ‘The Rainbow Hub’, also located on St James Street.

Marc has said:

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.



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