Trans Pride Brighton - UK’s first trans pride! - was a huge success. It was wonderfully cheerful and friendly. There was a genuine sense of connection within the trans community and between the trans and the wider community. It was led from the incentive of the trans community establishing it is not a fringe of the LGBT community, but a thriving community in its own right as well. It was run on a very tight budget but still needs to raise funds to run. Please donate a little and pass on this message.
"Broken Rainbow UK is delighted to be sponsoring Trans* Pride Brighton, as a charity we have been supporting the trans* communities for over 10 years with our national LGBT Domestic Violence helpline and other support and awareness services. We are very pleased to be able to extend this support to the self-organised celebration of Trans* Pride Brighton. We believe they will go from strength to strength in the coming years, if fact they have already started to attract visitors from outside the UK!
Finally we would like to remind everyone that as well as being able to call our helpline on 0300 999 5428 whenever it is open, we also have a trans* specific service on Tuesdays between 1pm and 5pm when calls are answered by members of the trans* community.”, Federico Podeschi, CEO, Broken Rainbow UK.”
It is with a tinge of sadness we have to announce that due to time constraints and the level of detail and planning required to hold a safe Trans* Pride March, we realise this cannot be done this year.
The Trans* Pride committee assembled and begin planning at late notice just a few months ago and there seems to be a ridiculous amount of red tape and money involved with just walking together up St James Street as a large group. We thank you for your understanding on this matter and for your continuing support.
The Brighton & Hove Police support us fully in making this decision as being the right one for this year. This way we can concentrate on delivering a great first event at New Steine Gardens.
We fully intend to hold a march next year.
We are still, however, holding a fantastic event in New Steine Gardens, on Saturday 27th, from 12.00-18.00, and it’s absolutely free. Enjoy music, poetry, and comedy, and browse the community stalls we have on site. We’ll also have a cluster of local businesses offering refreshments in the park.
"It was a welcoming, inclusive, life-affirming event which demonstrated why we all, in all our glorious diversity, need to stand strong and stand together. The event in the park reminded me of early Pride days when they were meaningful acts of solidarity between our self-defined kith and kin, filled with love and fire in the belly. So congratulations on really putting the T first, and thanks for sharing that experience with the LGBQ remainder with generosity and openness. I have no doubt TransPride will go from strength to strength, as it surely deserves."