Caroline Lucas MP to speak at Trans*Pride

Besi Besemar July 25, 2014

Green Party congratulates Trans Pride Brighton organisers on eve of second annual festival.

Caroline Lucas, MP for Brighton Pavilion
Caroline Lucas, MP for Brighton Pavilion

On the eve of the second ever Brighton Trans* Pride, Greens have congratulated the organisers on a growing community event in the city’s calendar.

2013 saw the first Trans* Pride after representatives formed a committee and organised an event in Kemptown.

This weekend’s event will include a march to the New Steine, followed by performances, local stalls, and a picnic on the beach on Sunday.

Caroline Lucas, MP for Brighton Pavilion, will speak at the event on Saturday in New Steine Gardens.

She said: “I’m proud to be an MP for a city where Trans PRIDE is part of the annual calendar. This event is about celebrating all that’s been achieved by the LGBT community worldwide. It’s about celebrating diversity, and demanding total equality. Tolerance is not good enough – Trans rights are human rights.”

Caroline has spoken out for Trans rights in Parliament, calling for equal marriage rights, an end to media misrepresentation of Trans people and, most recently, the establishment of a Gender Identity Clinic in Brighton and Hove.

Councillor Phelim Mac Cafferty, called for and chaired the council’s ground-breaking scrutiny panel into issues facing the city’s Trans* community.

He said: “Brighton & Hove’s Trans community is one of the most marginalised groups in the city. Brilliant events like Pride help to highlight the particular issues many Trans* people face. Through raising awareness, they help challenge the discrimination and prejudice Trans* people often experience.”