Get Ready: Disability Pride Brighton 2020
Back for its third year in Brighton, Disability Pride took place this year to celebrate human diversity, recognising the challenges and contributions of those with disabilities by actively bringing together disabled people, their friends, families, carers and allies. The event itself includes speeches, live music, acts, performances and took place in Hove Lawns. In case you've missed it, we wanted to tell you all about it so you can join in next year!
Where Did the Idea Come From?
Disability Pride Brighton was originally founded in 2017 by a disabled mother in Brighton, Jenny Skelton, after her daughter, who has learning difficulties, was discriminated against in a local pub and forced to leave. After posting her frustrations and sheer disappointment on social media, the story soon went viral and Jenny received hundreds of support messages sent by other disabled people who had also been discriminated against. With an army of supporters behind her, Jenny launched Disability Pride Brighton, which initially started with a public meeting of around 20 people. One year ahead, 3,000 disabled people attended the pride in 2018 - an inspirational achievement.What Happened at the Disability Pride Brighton 2019?
The event started with disabled people parading along the beautiful Brighton & Hove promenade arriving at Peace Statue just before midday. The festival itself was filled with face painting, food outlets, live music, informational stalls and so much more! After the parade, the mainstage was jam-packed with guest speakers such as disabled artist Alison Lapper MBE, Jenny Skelton, Brighton & Hove Mayor Cllr Alexandra Philips and Caroline Lucas MP. Alongside all of this, there were more than 50 organisations, charities and community groups which attended the festival offering free information to all disabled people, their friends, families and carers - just to name a few: University of Brighton, The Royal British Legion and local NHS Trusts.
Let’s Continue to Spread the Word
To raise awareness further, specially into disability in the workplace, the festival launched the hashtags ‘#ComingOutAsDisabled’ & ‘#COAD’, which was tweeted hundreds of times with many photos of the event! Spreading the word is incredibly important, as many people hesitate to admit they have a disability for fear of facing discrimination. Disability Pride wants to fight against this discrimination, by sharing the beauty of people’s uniqueness and giving a platform to speak out about the topic.
We at Naidex were inspired by this story and therefore wanted to bring it to light now so that people can prepare for the 2020 parade and join it! Stay up to date at www.disabilitypridebrighton.com.