Exhibition celebrates the rainbow city of Brighton & Hove

Rainbow Cities Network and Brighton LGBT Community Safety Forum are celebrating the International Day against Bi, Homo and Trans phobia (IDAHOBIT) with a photo exhibition at Jubilee Library.

Rainbow Cities, a network of international cities, including Brighton & Hove, is developing lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans and intersex (LGBT+) policies and has organised the exhibition which showcases 15 different cities.

IDAHOBIT will be marked this year on 17th May and provides an opportunity for cities from all over Europe and the Americas with an active LGBT+ policy to join in the exchange of expertise and experience.

The exhibition Trans * Gender explores ideas around gender identity, activism, trans lives and community.  The cities have provided one photo each and Brighton & Hove’s features a resident attending the city’s Trans Pride event.

The Mayor of Brighton & Hove, Councillor Mo Marsh formally opened the exhibition at Jubilee Library.

Curator Wolfgang Wilhelm from Vienna says: “As Rainbow Cities, we emphasise that every single person has the right to experience any gender identity in freedom and that the public space belongs to all citizens. It’s your right to be who you are and to love whoever you like, and it is our duty to promote respect and acceptance towards gender diversity.”

Billie Lewis Chair of Brighton & Hove’s LGBT Community Safety Forum Said: “We are delighted that this diverse and exciting exhibition is finally being presented here in our city. The collection is both empowering and visually brilliant. We encourage you to take the time to visit the Jubilee Library and enjoy the work in person before it moves on to another one of our fellow Rainbow Cities.”

E-J Scott.  Curator, Museum of Transology, Brighton Museum & Art Gallery said: “I welcome this display into Brighton & Hove, home of the largest trans community in the UK.  It showcases the international diversity of our trans experiences, and in many ways highlights how fortunate we are to be trans in a city where our community is increasingly vibrant and confident.  By joining our voices internationally, we continue to raise visibility, fight transphobia and celebrate our trans lives.”

The exhibition runs until Sunday, 20th May.

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