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Revellers descend on Brighton for Pride

300,000 people expected at Brighton Pride Credit: ITV Meridian

An estimated 300,000 people are expected to descend on Brighton this weekend for one of the UK's biggest annual summer Pride celebrations.

The Pet Shop Boys will headline the event in Brighton and Hove in what will be the duo's first Pride performance in 20 years, organisers said.

Other acts include Years & Years, Louisa Johnson and David Morales. Saturday is the main day of celebrations, with a carnival parade starting at Hove Lawns followed by a ticketed event in Preston Park.

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The streets of Brighton will be a rainbow of colours this weekend as the city prepares to celebrate Pride.

The first ever LGBT event took place in the city in 1973.

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300,000 people are expected to attend but this year's party will have special significance as it's been 50 years since homosexuality was decriminalised in England.

Sangeeta spoke to the Managing Director of Brighton Pride, Paul Kemp, earlier today.

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Winchester Pride parade marks annual event

Dozens of people have joined a march in Winchester as part of the city's gay pride event. The annual gathering celebrates the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender community. Tonight a party will be held at the Guild Hall.

We spoke to some of the people taking part in the celebrations, and one of the organisers - Sarah Collins from Hampshire Pride.

Crowds attend Portsmouth Pride show and parade

The event started at the Guildhall in Portsmouth

Victims of the Orlando shooting have been remembered at events across the South. Last night, people on the Isle of Wight held a candlelit vigil and today, at the second annual Portsmouth Pride parade and show crowds gathered to pay their respects.

The interviewees in this report from Richard Jones are: Stephen Coote from Portsmouth Pride; Councillor Robert New, Portsmouth City Council, Conservative; and Linda Webb-Bowman from Fratton Fever, the LGBT Supporters' Club.

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Charity calls for more children to be adopted by same-sex couples

Adoption charity PACT is calling for more prospective parents to come forward during this 'LGBT adoption and fostering week'.

Last year, one in 12 of those children adopted in England were given homes by same-sex couples, and the children themselves are often those most in need.

Andy Dickenson reports and speaks to adoptive parent Jacek Kacprzak and sons Adam and Brandon. We also hear from former Kent Magistrate Richard Page speaking to the BBC, and PACT's Jean Smith.

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Full report: Kent Pride 2015, in "Margayte"

Hundreds of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people marched through Thanet today in a "Kent Pride" procession. There had been concern that the celebration of the LGBT community could be marred after anti-gay leaflets were posted throughout Margate ahead of the event. In the end though, all was fine, as David Johns reports.

He spoke to organiser Tony Bee, Andrew Bigginton from Kent Fire & Rescue Service, plus campaigner Peter Tatchell.

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