Brighton and Hove locals are to be asked to choose the theme of the city’s 2012 Pride event.
Following a local call for suggestions, the two themes chosen for the run-off are The United Colours of Pride and Triumphs and Tragedies for the event, which will take place on 1 September.
The United Colours of Pride is an international theme focusing on the rainbow flag emblem. It will raise awareness of countries where gay and transgender people face widespread discrimination. Organisers say the theme would lend political impact without detracting from the carnival atmosphere and colour of the Parade.
United Colours of Pride was suggested by Helen Jones, director at MindOut LGBT mental health project in Community Base in Brighton.
The second option, Triumphs and Tragedies suggested by photographer Phil Bailey, is similarly designed to raise the plight of LGBT communities from around the world still struggling for equality but will celebrate the triumphs achieved in many countries as a result of the Pride movement.
Pride Director, Trevor Edwards said: “We were heartened to see suggestions including taking pride in our forces, public services and all things Britannia in this Olympic and Jubilee year.
“However the panel were looking for something that acknowledged the struggles and sometimes turbulent history of the Pride movement both around the world and here in Brighton & Hove. We think that the themes we have chosen do just that, whilst allowing for a wonderful burst of expression throughout the parade and park.”
Brighton Pride’s 2012 parade was confirmed in March following fears the event could not go ahead as a result of debts.
Text and online voting opens today and is free but will close this Thursday, 12 April.
The successful Pride theme will be announced in Friday. Visit The Argus’ website to cast your vote.