On the week end of the 26-28 of July the city of Brighton & Hove held the first ever national Trans Pride event, celebrating gender identity, freedom and inclusivity. The event was non party political, run by volunteers and warmly supported amongst others by Broken Rainbow, Brighton & Hove City Council and Sussex Police who both hoisted the Trans* Pride flag for the duration of the event.
For its first ever event Trans Pride chose to support an international cause and joined the Latin American and Caribbean Network of Transgender People (REDLACTRANS) and the International HIV/AIDS Alliance in the ‘Just Like You’ Campaign. The Campaign calls on the governments of Latin America to pass gender identity laws to guarantee the right of every citizen to be who they are.
The historic event was an absolute success. The celebrations, running from Friday to Sunday, included a film screening, a party, performances and a small festival.
The Alliance was invited to screen a welcome video message from Marcela Romero – regional coordinator of REDLACTRANS – to Trans Pride and Anamaria Bejar, Associate Director for Asia, Eastern Europe, Latin America and the Caribbean presented the ‘Just Like You’ campaign at the Duke’s @ Komedia, during the opening of the week end.
Amongst other community groups the Alliance held a stall at the park to collect signatures for the campaign. As a result of this important collaboration over the week end more than 11,150 emails were sent to the governments of Latin America, engaging the politically active and aware community of Brighton.
The festival, which took place in the New Steine Garden on the Saturday, included contributions from over 20 LGBT artists, musicians, performers and comedians, and was hosted by transgender comedian Claire Parker. Despite the weather the event was attended by over 1,300 people, and included speakers such as Cllr Chaun Wilson – Equality spokeperson for Labour and Co-operative, Dee Simpson – Deputy leader of the Conservative group, and Deputy leader of the Council, Cllr Phleim Mac Cafferty.
View pictures from the event here.
Report by Roni Guetta, Volunteer, Alliance What’s Preventing Prevention? campaign