2013 saw the first Trans Pride after representatives formed a committee and organised an event in Kemptown.
This weekend’s event will include a march to the New Steine, followed by performances, local stalls, and a picnic the next day.
CAROLINE WILL SPEAK AT THE EVENT ON SATURDAY
She said: “I’m proud to be an MP for a city where Trans Pride is part of the annual calendar. This event is about celebrating all that’s been achieved by the LGBT community worldwide. It’s about celebrating diversity, and demanding total equality. Tolerance is not good enough - Trans rights are human rights.”
Caroline has spoken out for Trans rights in Parliament, calling for equal marriage rights, an end to media misrepresentation of Trans people and, most recently, the establishment of a Gender Identity Clinic in Brighton and Hove.
Councillor Phelim Mac Cafferty, who called for and chaired the council’s ground-breaking scrutiny panel into issues facing the city’s Trans community, said: “Brighton & Hove’s Trans community is one of the most marginalised groups in the city. Brilliant events like Pride help to highlight the particular issues many Trans people face. Through raising awareness, they help challenge the discrimination and prejudice Trans people often experience.”
- Trans Pride is a group established in 2013, whose aims are as follows “We are a not-for-profit, community interest group, here to inspire all trans, intersex, gender variant and queer people to help us make a real difference. By promoting equality and diversity through visibility, we will educate and eliminate discrimination we face, and also to celebrate our unique history and gender diversity.”
- *The council’s Trans equality scrutiny panel report can be viewed online here: http://www.brighton-hove.gov.uk/content/council-and-democracy/councillors-and-committees/trans-equality-scrutiny-panel-2013
- Caroline recently tabled two questions in Parliament regarding Gender Identity Clinics. Here are her questions, below:
- To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what information his Department holds on (a) the current waiting time following referral for a first appointment at Charing Cross Gender Identity Clinic (GIC), (b) how many people are currently receiving treatment at that clinic and how long the average wait is between appointments; what assessment his Department has made of how many patients Charing Cross GIC can treat in a year according to best practice guidelines and within existing resources; what discussions he has had with the Chief Executive of NHS England on the steps necessary to increase provision of services for trans people; and if he will make a statement.
- To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will make it his policy to facilitate the establishment of a gender identity clinic in Brighton and Hove; and if he will make a statement.
For more information about Trans Pride Brighton, visit its website here