Sharing our Pride in Brighton
Blind Veterans UK's pride in our diversity was on full show at the Brighton Pride Parade
Our team of blind veterans, volunteers and staff came together from across the UK to celebrate our diversity and showcase our support for every member of our community, as we were honoured to march in our first Brighton Pride Parade.
Supporting our community in Brighton
It was fitting to join the celebrations at Brighton Pride on Saturday, not only to share with the community the pride we have in our organisation's diversity and inclusiveness, but also as Brighton is home to our oldest training and rehabilitation centre - a well known fixture in nearby Ovingdean and heavily known within the community.
Pride in our diversity
We waved our specially made Blind Veterans UK pride flags high as we marched in the parade with our team of up to 50 strong along the Brighton waterfront. Showing our support for every member of our community as we walked proudly representing the ex-service community.
2019 Pride marked 19 years since the ban was lifted on gay, lesbian and bisexual people from serving in the British Armed Forces, and we want to show that everyone who serves, or is part of our charity, no matter what their sexual orientation or gender identity, has the right to be treated fairly and with dignity and respect.
Marching blind veterans
The atmosphere of the parade was unbelievable, with more than 450,000 people from around the UK flocking to Brighton to share in the celebration and the reception from the crowds solidified the importance of representing our community.
Our member and Brighton local Dave, who served in the Royal Corps of Transport and Royal Military Police, led the march with a number of other blind veterans enthusiastically joining in the day - Charlie was showing off his energy by dancing the entire parade, whilst Ron roused the crowds and Steve lost his voice from all the cheering.