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National transgender festival Sparkle kicks off

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  1. Hopefully in Manchester , they will be allowed to utilise public services like toilets in supermarkets/arenas etc .

    1. HelenWilson 8 Jul 2011, 5:13pm

      Manchester has long been a place of refuge for trans people alongside parts of London and Brighton.

      1. Refuge in london? i must tell that to the families of trans friends who committed suicide living in london due to violent everyday abuse and hate.

  2. Equalities minister Lynne Featherstone will open the event with a speech at 1pm.

    Were there any government ministers speaking at Pride London last week?

    1. No Lynne Featherstone didn’t attend.

  3. Ashlee Kelly 8 Jul 2011, 5:55pm

    Never heard of this event before, but it sounds rather dull :/ Don’t really fancy church services tbh

  4. Mm, this kind of thing that leaves me cold. I’m a butch lesbian transwoman – the name “Sparkle” completely turns me off coming.

    1. ‘Sparkle’ sounds like a drag event, or maybe cross-dressing. Still they too are huddled under the transgender umbrella. Billing themselves as the national transgender festival is a bit steep though. I really hope they weren’t claiming to speak for the rest of us in their contributions to the action plan. And I hope Lynne Featherstone didn’t get any even more wrong-headed ideas up there, given she already keeps referring us, most insultingly, as “gender variant”. How would she like it, I wonder?

      1. Sophie Hawthorne 3 Aug 2011, 7:32pm

        Funny though, they seem to have realised after 7 years that an event titled ‘Tranny of the year’ might be a little offensive to those of us who don’t identify as trannys or for that matter trans gender.
        Personally I wouldn’t be seen dead anywhere near the whole money making horror show.

  5. poeticgirl 9 Jul 2011, 11:55am

    I hope everyone enjoys themselves, but its not for me, last time I was on Canal Street I was treated badly by the locals

  6. This is a great event …. hurrah for Manchester…and thank you Lynne Featherstone..

    Are you there, Lady Tanya??

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