Disability Pride Brighton is a constituted community group of disabled people in Sussex. We collectively organised the first Disability Pride festival in England in July 2017, for anyone with any disability or impairment plus friends, family, unpaid carers, professionals and allies. The festival is now an annual disabled-led event, for everyone in the community who wants to help disabled people celebrate.
Disability Pride Brighton was set up by our disabled Chair, Jenny Skelton, after one of her three adopted, disabled children suffered an upsetting incident of disability discrimination in August 2016.
The group came together after a Facebook post by Jenny about this incident went viral. Jenny received hundreds of messages from disabled people across the world who had suffered similar incidents of disability discrimination. Saddened by everyone’s stories, she decided to set up Disability Pride Brighton so that disabled people could celebrate who we are and to try to raise awareness of disability discrimination.
In March 2017, Jenny obtained funding from Scope’s Local People Programme to hold a meeting for other disabled people in the community to contribute their ideas and get involved. A Committee of disabled people then formed, and the group became constituted in May 2017.
We feel that it is very important that the event and organisation are user-led and that decisions are made by disabled people. The organisation remains run by a Committee, made up of local disabled people and some disabled advisory non-voting members.
Our first festival in 2017 was a ground-breaking day as it was the first Disability Pride event in the country. We have now proudly held our second event in 2018.
If you would like to view our constitution, please see here.
Please note that we get asked all the time if our event is specifically for the disabled LGBTQ+ community. The short answer is it’s not! Disability Pride Brighton is for ALL disabled people and allies, with any identity and background – EVERYONE is welcome. We are called Disability Pride as part of a wider movement of other international Disability Pride organisations.