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Supporting Pride across East Sussex this Summer

Supporting Pride

During July and August, we are supporting a number of Pride events throughout East Sussex and Brighton & Hove.

This year marks Stonewall’s fifty year anniversary.

In the early hours of June 28, 1969, New York City police raided the Stonewall Inn, a gay club located in Greenwich Village in New York City. 

The raid sparked a riot among bar patrons and neighbourhood residents as police roughly hauled employees and patrons out of the bar, leading to six days of protests and violent clashes with law enforcement outside the bar on Christopher Street, in neighbouring streets and in nearby Christopher Park.

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Proudly an inclusive Service

Simon Neill- Station Manager (Eastbourne) said: 

I am new to Eastbourne this year and really starting to understand the diverse community down here on the Sunshine Coast.  Eastbourne hosts a huge number of events each year and they all present wonderful opportunities for East Sussex Fire and Rescue to be a part of the community and without doubt, we are proudly an inclusive Service.

Eastbourne Pride 2019 is a wonderful example of the community coming together through celebration, music and talking. We play a big role in making all our communities as safe as possible, now and in the future. If we make a difference to one person’s life or wellbeing through our interaction or presence at Pride 2019 then how fantastic is that?”

Keira Woodroofe- Inclusion and Partnership Manager (Brighton & Hove) said: 

“Our message participating in Brighton Pride again this year with our Fire and Rescue Service colleagues from around the country is that we stand beside our communities, current and future employees to support LGBTQ+ equality not just in Brighton & Hove but around the world. We are here to help keep people safe, and we continue to proudly support both our local Pride and those who are not yet free to feel safe to be themselves.”

Dave Wilby- Station Manager (Hastings) said: 

“This year marks the fourth Hasting’s Pride and we are very excited and proud to take part in the celebration and engage with our local community.  Hastings Pride is an excellent opportunity for our crews to engage with members of the public about what we do, work opportunities within the Fire Service and how to access our services such as a Home Safety Visits. Pride gives us access to people within our community often less readily accessible or obvious.

Commitment to valuing diversity

Of course, our work isn’t put on hold during each Pride celebration.  We will have many staff on duty in Eastbourne, Brighton and Hastings and we will be opening our doors to Preston Circus Fire Station during Brighton Pride to meet and greet the LGBTQ+ community.  

We are taking part in all three events to show our commitment to valuing diversity. We know that the more diverse our organisation is, the better we’ll serve our communities. We want our LGBTQ+ communities to know that East Sussex Fire and Rescue is a Service that is there for all members of the community, no matter what their age, gender, sexuality or race.

Love is love
Supporting Pride across East Sussex this Summer


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