About

Our aim

Our aims are:

  1. To provide a Community and Cultural centre for use of Brighton & Hove’s LGBTQ+ communities and our allies and to promote our culture and values.
  2. To address the disproportionate levels of loneliness and social isolation within our communities and to promote inclusion and integration.
  3. To raise awareness of our communities’ needs and aspirations.
  4. To work in partnership with others to address the barriers and problems encountered by our communities.

Dream come true…

Count Me In Too. LGBT Lives in Brighton & Hove.

First recommended by the Count Me In Too report ten years ago[1], the creation of an LGBTQ+ centre had been a dream of the community for years. Now, thanks to the Rainbow Fund – the charity which benefits from the money raised by Brighton Pride and other community events – it’s a dream that is about to come true.

James Ledward, a big, gentle-looking man in a relaxed shirt, with a balding head and a grey beard.
James Ledward
(Photographer? – Gscene)

Before his untimely death in 2019, James Ledward and Chris Gull, chair of the Brighton Rainbow Fund, had been looking for suitable premises for a while. At last it looks as though the perfect place has been found.

Subject to contracts being signed and necessary change of use permissions granted, those premises are in Jubilee Street, right next door to Jubilee Library – right in the heart of Brighton.

  1. http://www.countmeintoo.co.uk/
Modern buildings in Jubilee Square.

The Voice of Hassocks – Wikimedia Commons

Local LGBTQ+ statistics

In a 2014 estimate, 11–15% of the city’s population aged 16 or over was thought to be lesbian, gay or bisexual.[2] The city also had the highest percentage of same-sex households in the UK in 2004 [3] and the largest number of civil partnership registrations outside London in 2013.[4]

Whatever the actual numbers, few can deny Brighton’s status as one of the UK’s most inclusive cities.

Even beyond the gay quarter – the area between Marine Parade and St. James’s Street in Kemp Town – rainbow flags are proudly displayed in the windows of shops, bars and restaurants throughout the town all year around.

And during the annual Pride weekend, when the town attracts an estimated 450,000[5] to the city, you could be forgiven for thinking that the percentage of LGBTQ+ people in town far exceeds the 15% quoted above. Now also the location for the annual Transpride festival, Brighton & Hove’s reputation as a city that welcomes and celebrates diversity is known across the globe.

So, it is fitting that we are now on the brink of having our very first LGBTQ+ centre – right in the heart of the city.

  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.
  2. BBC NEWS – England – Brighton ‘has most gay couples’. bbc.co.uk.
  3. Civil Partnerships in the UK, 2013 – ONS. ons.gov.uk. Archived from the original on 24 September 2015.
  4. Police say 450,000 people flocked to the city during Pride weekend – Brighton & Hove Independent. Brightonandhoveindependent.co.uk. 6 August 2018.
A colourful chalk rainbow on a pavement.

Alex Jackman – Unsplash

Public supporters

As you can imagine, something as ambitious at this will require a great deal of financial help. Without the usual injection of funds from the annual Pride weekend – cancelled in 2020 as a result of Covid-19 – we are especially interested in gaining the support of local businesses. If your business is interested in supporting this project, please contact Chris Gull. 

The Ledward Centre ~ LGBTQ+ Community and Cultural Centre
The Brighton Rainbow Fund
Supporters of the Ledward Centre

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A Rainbow Pride flag and a Trans Pride flag.

Cecilie Johnsen – Unsplash