Brighton Trans Pride’s ‘amazing turnout’ showcases ‘all that’s been achieved,’ says MP
Eight thousand people took to the streets of Brighton on Saturday 20 July to celebrate Trans Pride; two thousand more than was anticipated by experts.
During the event, Brighton Pavilion MP Caroline Lucas took to social media to share how wonderful it was to see so many attendees as she suggested that the staggering numbers were a reflection of how far the UK has come in terms of acceptance.
“Amazing turnout for
#TransPrideBrighton – biggest Trans Pride event in Europe & home to the first ever #TransPride in UK 7 years ago,” wrote an enthusiastic Lucas on Twitter. “Wonderful celebration of all that’s been achieved.”
Wonderful celebration of all that’s been achieved but – with transphobic hate crimes on the rise – a reminder of how much further still to go pic.twitter.com/iO7ya3WJW8
— Caroline Lucas (@CarolineLucas) July 20, 2019
Acknowledging the tragic truth that transphobic hate crimes are “on the rise” though, Lucas was quick to add that we still have “much further still to go” in order to achieve true equality.
This year’s mile-long parade kicked off at 12pm at the Marlborough Pub and Theatre in Prince’s Street, and finished at Brunswick Square Gardens in Hove. The event’s slogan was “Putting the T first,” which is a tongue-in-cheek jibe at the acronym ‘LGBT.’
Elsewhere, attendees said the celebrations were “an absolute joy” to be a part of.
“So lovely to spend a day surrounded by beautiful trans and non-binary people and allies, proudly supporting trans and non-binary rights at Brighton Trans Pride,” Twitter user Tom Pashby wrote.
So lovely to spend a day surrounded by beautiful trans and non-binary people and allies, proudly supporting trans and non-binary rights at Brighton Trans Pride.https://t.co/TR6nrlKgzv #TransPrideBrighton #BrightonTransPride #TransIsBeautiful https://t.co/s3Q3EuvuAn pic.twitter.com/hn64Vq9q5N
— anti-prorogation memes 4 pro-parliament teens (@TomPashby) July 20, 2019
— Jeanie Finlay (@JeanieFinlay) July 20, 2019
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Others praised Brighton Trans Pride because it felt more like a political act, rather than a p**s-up like other events in London and Bristol.
“We love @TPrideBrighton..it’s not like Bristol or London Pride in that it’s not just a *gay themed* corporate piss-up”
— The Outside Project (@LGBTIQoutside) July 20, 2019