- Category: Scene
History was made at the end of July when Brighton hosted Europe's first Trans* Pride March. 450 people turned out to support gender variation, over a sizzling Brighton weekend, which saw almost 2,000 people celebrate Brighton's 2nd Trans* Pride.
Film screenings launched the weekend of events on the Friday, a mid-day March on Saturday leading to Pride in the Park, followed by the after party. Sunday was a chilled affair (but still hot) with a picnic on the beach and ending with a pool party.
The Duke of York, hosted the film night in conjunction with Eyes Wide Open. The range of short films was an eye opener, heart warmer and tear jerker and set an emotional standard for the weekend. Lucky Tooth Films and Patchwork collaborated on many of the films, telling peoples stories of exploring their genders.
Trans* folk and friends gathered outside the Marlborough on Saturday and marched up St. James’ Street into New Steine for Pride in the Park. The park was full of variety: from supporters to families with Trans children. Organisers: Vicki, Sabah, Fox, Sarah, Kit, Steph & Phoenix have succeeded in reaching out to find their audience, who were entertained and enlightened by Trans performers, hosted by Pride Ambassador and model Nicole Gibson. Everyone's favorite MP Caroline Lucas also marched, beaming all the way and was an opening speaker at the park.
Celebrations followed at the after party with sharp tongued Bethany Black, the Dykeness and DJ’s packing out the Brighton Arts Centre - which spilled onto London Road as projections of the Transformed photo exhibition lit up the city centre.
Sunday was BBQ on the beach at the pride picnic and after a scorcher of a weekend, it ended with a pool party. The atmosphere of love and the feeling of community was present throughout weekend and some feeling it was stronger than the main Brighton Pride, happening a week later. All Prides are rooted in a need to be heard, as Gay Prides are more accepted into the mainstream, other Prides are now also being heard and they are only going to get louder.
Words: Emma Bailey
Photos: Sharon Kilgannon, alonglines.com