London’s first trans pride is coming
London’s first trans pride will launch on 14 September.
London Trans Pride ‘centers and celebrates trans people, trans narratives, trans experience’ according to a Facebook event posted on Tuesday (23 April).
The all-day festival will include music, performances, stalls, talks, and artwork at a yet to be confirmed location.
More than 1,400 people showed interested in the event as of early Wednesday morning.
‘We deserve our own pride event, a day to come together and stand in a crowd and feel normal’ the Facebook event says. ‘We hope to make this day special, inclusive, memorable and historical.’
The event page lists London Trans Pride and Transmissions, a monthly trans club night in Dalston, as organizers.
London Trans Pride is also fundraising to make the event as accessible as possible.
London does not currently have a permanent event.
Trans Pride Brighton, however, has been hosting events since 2013.
Organizers of London Pride last year apologized after trans-exclusionary radical feminists (TERFs) protested against transgender women.
A group of lesbian activists blocked the start of the march. ‘A man who says he’s a lesbian is a rapist’ they also shouted.
London Trans Pride
According to organizers, LTP is for all trans, non-binary, intersex, gender non-conforming, and all gender identities.
‘It is for anyone who needs to escape the transphobic hegemony of cis-patriarchy’ the page says.
‘The media are controlling the way trans people are seen and allowed to be seen and our voices are being distorted through a cis het media lens’.
‘We want to create a space that centres trans people and allows us to take ownership over our narrative.’
One of the organizers, Andre Neely, wrote on Facebook: ‘We deserve to also get out of our basement clubs sometimes and step into BROAD DAYLIGHT.’
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Author: Rik Glauert