All You Need To Know About Trans Pride In London
Despite all the adversity facing the community, Trans Pride London has managed to keep the event alive ever since its first appearance in 2019 with more and more people participating every year.
So what’s the appeal of this special event? In this article, you will find all you need to know about Trans Pride in London.
What is Trans Pride London?
Trans Pride London is a march and a celebration taking place in the UK's capital city where protesters gather to call for an end of oppression towards the trans community. It is a groundbreaking move to increase awareness and appearance of London's trans and gender expansive community.
Who can participate in Trans Pride London?
Trans Pride London calls for anyone who identifies as Trans, Gender Non-Conforming, Intersex, Non-Binary and all gender identities (aka TGI/ENBY) – as well as their family members, friends and allies. All participants are invited to assemble at Hyde Park Corner – the heart of London's LGBT community – and then march down Piccadilly. Every year, the Trans Pride London protest attracts tens of thousands of people of all genders, who raise their voices in unisons, chant, and brighten every corner of the area with flags, banners and rainbow symbols.
Three First Trans Prides in London & Many More to Come
Although Trans Pride Brighton has been running events since 2013, it was not until 2019 did London have its own event. Starting out as a response to an anti-trans group storming the parade at London Pride, Trans Pride London has gone from strength to strength, year after year. What first started by a handful of uncertain members of the community has swelled to more than ten thousand attendees in just 2 years. Regardless of their backgrounds, all of them gather to deliver one clear-and-loud message: to make space where trans people could be themselves, without feeling unsafe or excluded.
Even under the impact of the pandemic (which affects everyone, and disproportionately affects on LGBTQ+ community), the annual protest took place as usual last June, 2021. This happens when Europe was witnessing backsliding on LGBT rights; particularly in the UK, where the government has dragged its heels on essential reforms to the Gender Recognition Act and the ruling on Tavistock v Bell. The consistently growing trend on both size and influence of the protest has foreseen many more Trans Pride London to be organised in the foreseeable future.
London Trans Pride: for a Bigger Cause
Not only does London Trans Pride act as an opposition to the increasingly intense wave of anti-trans activism in recent years, but it also continues pressuring the UK government to ensure human's rights of trans and gender expansive members. As a result, last April, in light of criticisms, the UK government reduced the application cost for gender specific IDs from $178 to $7.
The same sense of urgency was declared in its 2021 announcement. Trans Pride London has affirmed to fight for the community’s legal recognition, in which the government shall provide healthcare, accessible bathroom provisions and prison facilities for trans people. Moreover, it also determines to put an end on forced surgeries for intersex children and other pseudoscientific conversion therapies.
In its third event (June 2021), besides increasing visibility for the trans+ community, London Trans Pride also hopes to specifically “champion" transgender people of all colors, as a protest against discrimination that are going on around the world. With more and more discriminating acts against LGBTQ community happening in recent years, a march - such as the Trans Pride in London march - is the only way to express the people's outrage and pride combined, adequately and appropriately. At the end of the day, as a part of the LGBTQ community worldwide, Trans Pride London’s ultimate goal is to build a world where Trans+ people can thrive as healthy, equal, and complete members of society.
Trans Pride London has gone beyond a protest for a specific group of members of the society, becoming an educational event, an annual reminder, a political drive for human rights, regardless of their gender and ethnicity. With more and more participants every year, Trans Pride London promises to come back with bigger influence years after years. As the UK’s first official LGBTQ's event, Trans Pride London paved the way for gender equality, not only in the UK, but also in Europe and other continents. Against all the adversity facing the community, Trans Pride in London thrives to contribute to a world where every human being, regardless of their identity, is able to enjoy a happy life as a complete member of society.