Hello, we are

The Ledward Centre

A safe and inspiring place for the LGBTQ+ communities and their friends.

Pull up a chair and make yourself at home…

Monday – Sunday, 11am – 7pm
Opening times subject to volunteer availability

Jubilee Street, Brighton, BN1 1GE

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Cafe – open daily – 11am – 7pm 

Brighton’s queerest cafe is now open for business – right in the heart of the UK’s queerest city. 

Serving hot and cold drinks and snacks, it’s the ideal spot to catch up with friends, enjoy a bit of ‘you’ time – or meet some of our volunteers. 

Open from 11am – 7pm – Make a date today!

A centre for our community in the heart of Brighton

From Anne Lister to Oscar Wilde, Brighton has been a draw to queer people for well over 200 years. And while some only pop down for the odd weekend, many more of us have fallen in love with the place so much that we have moved here for good. So many, in fact, that Brighton now has the highest proportion of LGBTQ+ households in the whole of the UK.[1]

Which is why we thought it was about time our community had its own centre. And why we’ve put together this website – to let as many people as possible know about this exciting new project. You can help by sharing this link on social media or by joining our growing band of volunteers.

  1. Brighton & Hove City Snapshot: Report of Statistics 2014 (PDF). Corporate Policy and Research Team at Brighton & Hove City Council. p. 20. Retrieved 5 August 2015.
Pride flags flying at the entrance to Brighton Pier.

Conor Pope – Unsplash.com

The Ledward Centre – in Jubilee Square

Named after James Ledward, one of the city’s most prominent supporters of LGBTQ+ rights, this new and exciting space will be a lasting tribute to his memory and the huge contribution he made to our entire community.

From the building itself – light, modern and accessible – to the services and cultural activities for which it will be home – The Ledward Centre lives and breathes the values that make the full rainbow of Brighton’s LGBTQ+ communities so confident, vibrant and proud.

Chatting and eating at a table.

Haydn Golden – Unsplash.com

What’s available and what’s planned

Welcoming – Currently involved in stage one of our building work, our cafe is open when we are. A great place to get together in a calm and safe environment – in the heart of Brighton. There is an art gallery curated by the Socially Engaged Arts Salon (SEAS) downstairs and several community groups have regular meet-ups in the Centre. For more information about events and meet-ups please go to the Events page or follow us on Facebook & Instagram. 

Informative – Click here to find out more about organisations and charities who provide help and resources for people within our communities.

Inclusive and Diverse – And once we’re up and running, we’ll have:

  • Community café
  • LGBTQ+ bookshop
  • Exhibition space
  • Meeting room & cinema
  • Classrooms
  • Offices for Scene Magazine
  • Community radio station
The Progress flag with the Intersex flag incorporated.

Support our Make Your Mark fundraising campaign

And so much has been achieved already:

The Ledward Centre will be managed and run by a new charity called The Brighton LGBTQ Community Centre CIO. We are awaiting registration with The Charity Commission.

Watch this space…

Like all of us, the Ledward Centre is a work in progress.

  • Read our latest blog posts to find out what our volunteers are working on.
  • Find out more about our funders.
  • Help us spread the word about the Ledward Centre by following us and sharing on social media.

Latest blog posts

  • Open for business (and pleasure) by Daren Kay - [Average reading time: 4 minutes.] It’s been quite busy at The Ledward Centre this Autumn. While we are still finalising the lease - the relaxation of the lockdown restrictions has meant that we have been able to host a few more events. So we thought we’d give you an update of what we’ve been up to...
  • A clean-shaven man in a suit and tie. Step by step, putting it together… by Duncan Lustig-Prean, Centre Director - [Average reading time: 3 minutes] Over the last couple of months we have been busy planning and obtaining quotations for the conversion of the building. We recognised that the architect’s original drawings, while extremely good, would prove too costly. We redrew the plans to ensure better use of the limited funding available. What we did not want to do was to compromise on the needs identified by our communities when we commence construction. We had to find a way around some major cost items.
  • Dressed in dark colours with cropped hair and red graffiti on the brick wall behind. Meeting All Our Community Needs by Duncan Lustig-Prean - [Average reading time: 8 minutes] In 2018, two significant reports were published, one by the National LGBT Survey and the other by Stonewall. These demonstrate that LGBTQ+ communities experience disproportionate levels of loneliness, social isolation, mental health issues, domestic abuse, suicide, homelessness, physical health issues, poverty, food poverty, hate crime and discrimination.
  • The glass-fronted building on Jubilee Street, Brighton. The Ledward Centre building: A Volunteer’s perspective by Scott Davidson - [Average reading time: 4 minutes] As I stood inside the building looking out, I noticed most people walked straight past without even noticing us. Occasionally someone would look in, possibly because the door was open for a change. The empty shell that is to become The Ledward Centre currently looks fairly unremarkable, but it soon became clear to me that will most definitely change.

More blog posts…