Brighton Pride organizers pay tribute to ‘oldest gay in town’ Brighton News

The ORGANIZERS of Brighton’s annual Pride festival have paid tribute to campaigner George Montague, who died aged 98.

He was often seen making an appearance during the festival’s parade march through the city, crossing a wheelchair decorated in the colors of the rainbow and carrying a banner that read “I am the oldest gay in the world. town”.

The Argus: Mr Montague at the last Pride parade in 2019Mr Montague at the last Pride parade in 2019

A spokesperson for Brighton and Hove Pride said they were “very saddened to learn of the passing of George Montague”.

He said: “George has been an important part of our community parade for so many years and it really won’t be quite the same without him.

“He was a tireless campaigner and his campaign led to changes in legislation and even an apology from the government.

“We will definitely be waving the rainbow flag for him and won’t forget him.

“Sending love to her husband Somchai and his family. Rest in power George”.

Tributes have been paid by the city’s LGBTQ+ community, with calls for his memory to be honored at this year’s Pride event – due to take place in August.

Evan, who did not give his last name, said on Twitter that “George’s visibility and campaign was inspiring”.

He said: “I remember seeing it at my very first Pride and probably all of them since.

“We should honor his memory at this year’s Pride Parade.”

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This notice was published: 2022-03-19 12:24:15

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