Nimrod Ping

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Nimrod ping
Nimrod Ping (1947[1]–2006) was an architect and politician, and heavily involved in Brighton Pride.

He was educated at High Wycombe and at Cardiff University, and worked as an architect at the Brighton Planning Department in the late 1980s.[2] He was one of the UK's first openly gay councillors, serving on Brighton Borough Council (now Brighton and Hove) from 1991 to 1999.[3] He became chairman of the Council's planning committee and of the licensing committee.

He was joint chair of Pride 2000, which successfully challenged the Brighton Pride organisation to run the 2000 Brighton Pride.

"Nimrod Ping used to go out with a female friend of his to clubs and bars and they would bet on a packet of peanuts who would get the man they most fancied."[2]

Originally a Labour Party supporter, he joined the Green Party a few months before his death.[4]

"When Labour won national power in 1997, we were expecting change, but things have gone the wrong way. They are too right-wing and have an absolute disregard for people’s opinions. The Greens are working to sort out problems rather than create more and I agree with almost everything they say."[5]

References

  1. Royal Grammar School High Wycombe: School List for Autumn Term 1964 — this would imply that he died aged 58, rather than 46 as given in newspaper references
  2. 2.0 2.1 LGBT Brighton and Hove by Janet Cameron, page 77.
  3. http://www.pinknews.co.uk/news/articles/2005-1891.html "Gay campaigner Nimrod Ping dies aged 46" by Benjamin Cohen, Pink News 5 July 2006
  4. http://www.lgbtgreens.org.uk/groups%5Cbrighton%5Cgscene%5Cnimrodping.aspx
  5. http://www.pinknews.co.uk/2006/07/05/gay-campaigner-nimrod-ping-dies-aged-46/