The Sussex Gay Liberation Front (SGLF) organised Brighton's first Gay Pride march in July 1973, and though the march was photographed by the Argus newspaper, the photographs were never used. A small brown packet of negatives sat in the paper's photo archive for almost 50 years, until they were discovered six months ago by members of Gay Brighton Past, an online history group co-founded by Alf Le Flohic, part of the University of Brighton's web team.
Now Gay Brighton Past have organised an exhibition of Brighton Pride 1973 photographs running through August in the windows of the Sussex Beacon charity shop at 130 St James's Street in Kemptown.
Alf said: “They’re a big deal in terms of local LGBT history, as no one thought there were any photos of Brighton’s first Pride march back in 1973 - but we’ve found them. These pictures are a missing part of Brighton’s LGBT community history, so it was really important to give everyone the chance to see them. Even more so with Pride not happening in the usual way this year.”
Alf also managed to track down some of the SGLF members from the time, including founder member Simon Watney, who was teaching at Brighton Polytechnic Art School.