As an (almost) 58 year old cis-gender gay man1 who has for the last 15 or so years been involved in various ways in supporting the L, the G, the B and the T in LGBT (as well as the A, the I, the Q and the *), it seemed like it was time to be more visible in my support of my trans friends.
So, last Saturday (25 July) I joined the veritable mob from TransPALS(2) at Trans Pride 2015(3) in a sunny Brighton.
A post on the Trans Pride Facebook page (after the event) tells me that:
We are beyond delighted to announce that at our main event on Saturday this year we had an incredible total footfall of 3,085, with over 2,000 unique visitors. Not only that but police estimates indicate that the march was attended by over 1,000 people.
Thank you so much to everyone who took part. We are getting louder and louder every year, and people are taking notice.
Mind you, I was not there just to have a very enjoyable day out with friends. I was also representing the Sutton & Merton LGBT Forums, which support TransPALS, as well as having Patricia (chair of TransPALS) as a board member.
After taking part in the march, we headed to the TransPALS stand in Dorset Gardens. I spent the afternoon talking to a succession of happy, lovely people and trying to persuade anyone who stood still long enough that they really wanted a TransPALS sticker.
I’m happy to say that we got through just about all our stickers during the afternoon.
I think some of my favourite parts of the day (apart, obviously, from the company of the lovely Patricia, Rachel, Paula, Megan and all the others whose names I failed to commit to memory) were:
meeting the happily supportive parents of a 14 year old trans boy;
seeing Bernard and Terry from GIRES, whom I’ve known for many years; and
chatting with a young genderqueer man who told me about his experience of having to train his doctor in how to treat him.