Some 160,000 people took part in Brighton’s Pride and (not) Prejudice march and festival last Saturday.
Large numbers of people —gay and straight—came with their friends, workmates and families. Thousands of local people lined the streets to clap and cheer, or hung rainbow flags from their windows.
The SWP’s slogans “Never trust a Tory—sack Theresa May” and “Unite against their cuts and hate” got a great reception.
Putting the protest into Pride was not, however, what everyone had in mind.
Alongside the trade union delegations, which included health workers marching against cuts, were also corporate sponsored contingents from American Express to Nando’s. The festival itself was largely apolitical and very expensive.
It is vital we harness the huge show of unity to keep Brighton Pride free next year and to organise around the political challenges we face from homophobia to the huge cuts in public spending.