Sussex Pride celebrations were held on Wednesday 27 February. The event was part of the wider series of events for LGBTQ+ History Month 2019.
People attending the Pride march met in Falmer House Quad where the parade departed. The parade moved to Northfield Bar before finishing at Falmer House.
There was an After Party in Mandela Hall where Sussex Waves and Folk Soc performed. Participants then played Musical Bingo hosted by DragSoc, and there was a Pole Fit performances, finally Drag Soc performed.
Jimmie Franklin, Student Participation Assistant at Sussex Students’ Union, told The Badger: “I went on the march as a steward and found it utterly inspiring.
It was really fun and, in the Union, it is known as one of the best events to work on. It was so great to see loads of students get involved and it was lovely to see some of our lovely Buddy Scheme members, both volunteers and general buddy members!
“I think it’s really important for two reason. Firstly, it shows how open the University of Sussex is. It proves what a welcoming campus we are.
“Secondly, it provides a more low key and less intense pride march for the LGBTQ community on campus. The one that takes place over summer is very busy and I can understand if students find this intimidating. I really hope that the event continues next year, and forever more!”
Alice Paines – Events Coordinator at University of Sussex Students’ Union told The Badger:
“This year was the second annual Sussex Pride to celebrate the end of LGBTQ+ History Month. It was an amazing event that saw around 150 students stand in solidarity with our LGBTQ+ community on campus…With the past two years being such a success, we will be sure to host another Sussex Pride next February!”