Putting the T First

Transpire blog editor reports from Trans Pride Brighton

Last week Brighton hosted the 4th yearly Trans Pride – organised by the Brighton trans community this event draws trans people from all over the country. Unlike the LGBT pride events that happen all over the country, this event puts the T first, showcasing transgender performers and organisations. Part protest and part celebration, this event is always one of the highlights of the year in trans events.

This year had higher attendance than any previous years. Trans Pride consists of a march followed by a family-friendly music festival style event in a local park. This meant having one of the main roads along Brighton seafront closed for the march and having a park specifically dedicated to Trans Pride for the day.

The Trans Pride march, people are holding trans flags, in the centre one person wears a 'some people are trans, get over it' shirt, next to someone wearing a shirt for mermaids UK. Spectators watch from the top desk of a bus parked along the seafront.
The march!

Local and national charities and projects exhibited at the park – including Gendered Intelligence, The Terrance Higgins Trust, The Museum of Transology (who brought preserved mastectomy samples in jars!) and TAGS Swimming. Gendered Intelligence was selling hand knitted trans pride bears to raise money for their camping trip and other stalls provided a range of information and freebies including sexual health resources, free sweets and information about reporting and recognising hate crime.

bedazzled arm
My friend got his arm bedazzled at one of the stalls

Even though Brighton is one of the safest places to be trans in the UK, it still has a long way to go – here’s hoping that in the future transgender people will be safer everywhere and that some day we might have an Essex Trans Pride for Transpire members!

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