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Monday 19 July 2021

Brighton Greens Stood In Solidarity With Trans Pride @ Last Weekend's Online Event

Brighton & Hove Green Councillors joined in solidarity with the city's trans and non-binary community and allies once again as part of last weekend's annual Trans Pride celebrations in the city.

Now in it's 9th year, Brighton & Hove Trans Pride is one of the first and largest Trans Pride events in the country – celebrating the city's trans community and highlighting the ongoing campaign for equality, diversity and the urgent need for an end to transphobia and discrimination. 

Trans Pride hosted a special online festival on Saturday 17th July, with an online broadcast live from Brighton featuring special guests throughout the day, in addition to workshops and online exercise events.

Greens stood shoulder to shoulder with the city's trans community and say it is vital that the call for equality continues, urging all to join in celebrating diversity and to challenge discrimination, prejudice and harassment.  

Councillor Steph Powell, lead on equalities, commented:

"Trans Pride is a fantastic event in our city; with thousands of people attending each year – and organisers have done so much to move the event online. 

"The push for trans rights and equality goes on – and we're proud to once again stand in solidarity with the fantastic celebrations.

"Trans Pride is also a powerful reminder that we need to do more to end to devastating discrimination and abuse.

"Our city has a proud history of diversity and celebration of our LGBTQIA+ communities; from the trans scrutiny panel launched under the previous Green administration, work with our schools and on mental health, and trans pride is an important way we say loudly that this will continue.  

"We demand a more equal future for our trans community, free from hatred and prejudice."

To help mark the event, the trans pride flag flew from Hove Town Hall and Brighton Town Hall on Saturday, in a show of solidarity and celebration. 

Greens say more must be done in the push for equality, against a backdrop of rising misinformation and transphobia being shared online and in some media comments.

by: Mike Cobley


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