In this Brighton gay guide and live showcase of the local Brighton gay scene we will show how Brighton is the UK's gay capital: a small seaside city with a proud liberal reputation just 1 hour from London. The LGBT community is around 35,000 and there is a thriving gay scene in Kemptown, though all of central Brighton can be considered gay friendly, such as the lively areas of the Lanes, North Lanes, etc.
It's one of the few cities in the UK where much of the central areas including those in Hove can be considered Gay Friendly (the Enqueer definition of "gay friendly" is an area or establishment where a gay person is likely to be treated the same as a straight person. A gay friendly business is one which actively welcomes the gay community and would encourage its gay customers to be as open as they like). It's important to mention businesses in this Brighton gay guide which are either gay or gay friendly to allow people people to make the best choices of where to go.
Brighton doesn't have an official "gay village" but Enqueer strongly backs growing moves within the gay business community to officially / politically designate the St James street area as a gay village similar to Canal Street Manchester. Details will be posted soon on how to take part in growing calls for this to happen.
If you are planning a night out in Brighton it is best to take some extra precautions in the West Street area due to it's testosterone fuelled, binge drinking and anti social behaviour tendencies on Friday and Saturday nights.
Scroll down to the end of the page for Enqueer's Live Brighton Calendar! It shows what is happening in the Brighton Gay scene as a whole.