Trans Pride Brighton returns in person with a parade in the city centre

HUNDREDS of people took to the streets and marched through the city as Trans Pride returned in person after three years.

Activists and people from the LGBTQ+ community waved banners and flags and chanted slogans to show their solidarity with transgender people and demand equal rights.

Trans Pride Brighton, the first and largest event of its kind in Europe, marked its tenth annual event with its eighth march through Brighton and Hove, with disruption caused by the pandemic resulting in planned events in 2020 and 2021 being cancelled.

The Argus: Flags were raised and banners held high as the parade made its way through the cityFlags were hoisted and banners held high as the parade made its way through the city

The parade set off from Jubilee Square at midday before heading down North Street, around the Aquarium roundabout and past Brighton’s seafront to end in Brunswick Square for an afternoon of celebrations.

Visitors to Brighton Palace Pier and seafront lined the streets taking photos as the parade passed.

Trans flags, as well as the Pride Progress flag, the intersex flag and others were raised by the parade participants – with banners reading “Trans liberation now”, “Trans women belong in sport” and “We always will be here”. .

The Argus: A Banner criticized Secretary of State Liz Truss for her role in reforming the Gender Recognition ActA banner criticized Secretary of State Liz Truss for her role in reforming the Gender Recognition Act

A banner also criticized Conservative leader candidate Liz Truss, who was involved in reforming the Gender Recongition Act.

The banner, with a picture of the Foreign Minister portrayed as a devil, read: ‘Form a government? We can’t even put Truss on her to reform a plot.”

One of those who joined the protesters, Emily, attended Trans Pride for the first time.

The Argus: Ellie took part in her first Trans Pride march earlier todayEllie took part in her first Trans Pride march earlier today

She said: “It’s really good – it’s so nice to be surrounded by people like me and it’s nice to know we’re not alone.

“We continue to fight and today’s event reminds us that we are not alone in this fight.”

Today’s parade was also attended by Green Party representatives in Brighton and Hove City Council, including Council leader Phelim Mac Cafferty and Deputy leader Hannah Clare.

Councilor Steph Powell, co-chair of the Tourism, Equality, Communities and Culture Committee, was also present at the demonstration and said: “In recent months we have witnessed with horror a rising tide of hatred towards the trans community.

“Brighton and Hove is a diverse city where we are committed to equality and inclusion for all. We fully support our trans community. Trans rights are human rights – it’s not a debate.

“I’m proud to join the trans and non-binary communities at this year’s Trans Pride, and we’re proud of our ongoing commitment to trans equality.”

The Argus: One person in the parade wore a Mandalorian helmet from the Disney show and carried a character from "baby yoda"One person in the parade wore a Mandalorian helmet from the Disney show and carried a figurine of “Baby Yoda”.

Headlining today’s park event is Travis Albanza, a trans performer and author, who said it’s “a pleasure” to be back at the event.

Travis said, “Right now the transgender community is faced with such extortionate and needless targets, so days when we come together to protest and celebrate ourselves are needed.”

Trans Pride Brighton CEO Sarah Savage said it is empowering to be able to organize an event that anyone can come to and reconnect to after the last two events have been held digitally.

Sarah said: “Trans Pride is about community, about making friends and connecting with family – and that can only get better in person.”

Brighton and Hove Pride, which celebrates the city’s vibrant LGBTQ+ community, takes place early next month – with a parade that will be attended by businesses and organizations from across the city.

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