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Transgender Day of Visibility Vigil

Besi Besemar March 30, 2017

“It’s time for transgender people to come out of the shadows”…says Broadcaster Sophie Cook.

Over the past few years transgender visibility has improved greatly with a number of trans people becoming very public through the media including Brighton based broadcaster and news anchor Sophie Cook who was even featuring on Match of the Day’s Premier League football show recently.

So why do we still need a Transgender Day of Visibility?

Unfortunately that visibility has also brought an increase in abuse and bigotry, following Sophie’s appearances on the BBC the online trolling she received escalated to the point where she received death threats via Twitter.

Sophie Cook
Sophie Cook

Sophie says: “The fight for freedom from bigotry isn’t over yet and it won’t be until every trans person can walk down the street, use the toilet of their choosing and express their identity free of fear.”

Transgender Day of Visibility will be celebrated with music, speeches and friendship at 2pm on Friday, March 31 at New Steine Gardens in Brighton.

Speakers will include:

♦ Broadcaster and trans activist Sophie Cook

Daniel Cheesman, CEO Brighton & Hove LGBT Switchboard

Sgt. Peter Allan, Hate Crime Sergeant & Trans Equality Advocate at Sussex Police.

Joanna Rowland-Stuart, Volunteer Brighton & Hove, LGBT Community Safety Forum

Event: Transgender Day of Visibility Vigil

Where: New Steine Gardens, by Brighton Aids Memorial, Kemptown, Brighton

When: Friday, March 31

Time: 2pm