October 6, 2022


Dozens of police officers took part in the ‘fairytale’ LGBTQ+ pride parade in the rousing English seaside town of Brighton on Saturday.

Sussex Police, which is responsible for protecting citizens in Brighton and Hove, marked the city’s annual pride parade by posing in rainbow colors to show their support for the left-wing movement.

The Police and Crime Commissioner for Sussex, Katie Bourne of the Conservative Party, was flanked by Chief Constable Joe Shiner and Gavin Stevens, Chief Constable of Surrey Police, as well as around three dozen officers.

“Have a great time [Brighton Pride] and stay safe!” the police wrote on social media.

The police were not alone among local officials to take part in the Pride celebrations, with the local council itself marching in the parade and suspension a photo on social media of members of the ‘Brighton & Hove LGBTQ Workers Forum’.

Local Labor MP Lloyd Russell-Moyle, who identifies as a member of the LGBTQ+ community, also took part in the march, holding a banner reading “all refugees welcome”.

The parade celebrated its belated 30th anniversary on Saturday, as the march was canceled the previous two years due to lockdown restrictions during China’s coronavirus crisis.

The event in Brighton, which is usually Britain’s biggest LGBTQ+ parade of the year, said its aim is to “promote tolerance, diversity, inclusion and education in our communities. We will work to eliminate all forms of discrimination against LGBTQ+ communities by celebrating and supporting LGBTQ+ lives.”

BRIGHTON, ENGLAND - AUGUST 06: A festival goer poses at the Pride LGBTQ+ Community Parade – 'Love, Protest & Unity' during Brighton Pride on August 6, 2022 in Brighton, England.  (Photo by Tristan Fewings/Getty Images)

BRIGHTON, ENGLAND – AUGUST 06: A festival goer poses at the Pride LGBTQ+ Community Parade – ‘Love, Protest & Unity’ during Brighton Pride on August 6, 2022 in Brighton, England. (Photo by Tristan Fewings/Getty Images)

BRIGHTON, ENGLAND - AUGUST 06: Festival goers take part in the Pride LGBTQ+ Community Parade – 'Love, Protest & Unity' during Brighton Pride on August 06, 2022 in Brighton, England.  (Photo by Tristan Fewings/Getty Images)

BRIGHTON, ENGLAND – AUGUST 06: Festival goers take part in the Pride LGBTQ+ Community Parade – ‘Love, Protest & Unity’ during Brighton Pride on August 6, 2022 in Brighton, England. (Photo by Tristan Fewings/Getty Images)

BRIGHTON, ENGLAND - AUGUST 06: Festival goers take part in the Pride LGBTQ+ Community Parade – 'Love, Protest & Unity' during Brighton Pride on August 06, 2022 in Brighton, England.  (Photo by Tristan Fewings/Getty Images)

BRIGHTON, ENGLAND – AUGUST 06: Festival goers take part in the Pride LGBTQ+ Community Parade – ‘Love, Protest & Unity’ during Brighton Pride on August 6, 2022 in Brighton, England. (Photo by Tristan Fewings/Getty Images)

BRIGHTON, ENGLAND - AUGUST 06: Festival goers take part in the Pride LGBTQ+ Community Parade – 'Love, Protest & Unity' during Brighton Pride on August 6, 2022 in Brighton, England.  (Photo by Tristan Fewings/Getty Images)

BRIGHTON, ENGLAND – AUGUST 06: Festival goers take part in the Pride LGBTQ+ Community Parade – ‘Love, Protest & Unity’ during Brighton Pride on August 6, 2022 in Brighton, England. (Photo by Tristan Fewings/Getty Images)

Last month, at the 50th Pride Parade in London, officers from the supposedly politically neutral Metropolitan Police were filmed by Breitbart London posing for photos and wearing rainbow badges.

The officers were joined by members of other public institutions including the National Health Service (NHS), the London Fire Brigade and members of the armed forces, including the Coldstream Guards, the British Army, the Royal Navy and the Royal Air Force.

The LBGTQ+ event in the British capital also received support from major corporations, including Coca-Cola, which apparently paid a drag queen to represent the sugary drinks company in the parade.

“All together now with Coca-Cola!” the drag queen pleaded with the crowd.

Other companies to sponsor floats or groups of people included Microsoft, Cisco, eBay, Marriott and Tesco.

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