Brighton and Hove Pride works hard with its partners and providers on accessibility provision for all aspects of the Pride weekend to make Pride inclusive and enjoyable as possible for all Pride-goers. 275 people applied and used a range of our access services at the park.
Working with our provider Tiger Tea, we implemented a number of measures to facilitate participation of Pride-goers with accessibility requirements. This included creating a safe space at the front of the Pride Community Parade and as well, providing an accessible viewing platform for the main stage at the Pride in the Park Festival, in front of the VIP seating.
Other measures included a quiet access gate for quick entry in to the Park Festival, access tent and wheelchair charging facilities, accessible toilets, and BSL interpreters.
The access platform has a fixed capacity with places being issued on a first-come, first-serve basis, and was at full capacity at the time of the main performances. We were pleased that over 100 people were able to enjoy the main stage shows from this platform throughout the day, including many wheel chair users and their personal assistants. Not all people who applied for access support wanted access to the platform (for example people with visual impairments), and not all users were accessing the platform at the one time. At no stage were Pride-goers prevented from leaving the access tent.
We are extremely sorry if some people were not able to access the platform later in the evening.
Becky Stevens, Head of Operations said:
‘Our aim is that all Pride-goers are able to enjoy what Brighton Pride has to offer. We work hard with our provider Tiger Tea to create safe, accessible spaces throughout the Festival. Over 100 people with accessibility requirements enjoyed the main stage shows on the accessible viewing platform, on a first-come, first-serve basis. We encouraged people with accessibility requirements to contact us after purchasing tickets, so that we could help to make their day as inclusive and enjoyable as possible.
We are sorry if some Pride-Goers were unable to be accommodated at the viewing platform later on Saturday night.’