Words: Alastair James; pictures: London Trans+ Pride 2021 by Jessica Kleczka
London Trans+ Pride will take place again this year on Saturday 9 July.
The peaceful march through the capital will celebrate the memory of trans lives as well as uplift and support young trans people and the whole community.
Starting at Wellington Arch at 1pm on the day, the march will also raise awareness of attacks on the trans community both here in the UK and abroad.
"An abhorrent and deliberate attack"
Organisers call the UK government's decision to exclude trans people from a ban on 'conversion' therapy an "an abhorrent and deliberate attack".
They're also calling for the EHRC to be abolished in light of movements from the UK's equalities watchdog on trans issues, which have angered many in the trans and wider LGBTQ communities.
"We march to demand the legal recognition of non-binary, intersex, and gender-nonconforming people. This is not unreasonable or bureaucratically unfeasible: the US has introduced an X gender marker in various states for drivers' licences and state ID and has made it available for passports too. We deserve to be recognised, not pathologised," a statement from London Trans+ Pride reads.
Organisers also point to the situation in Texas where in February the state's governor, Greg Abbott, ordered members of the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services to investigate the parents of trans children for helping them access gender-affirming care.
Thanks to a lawsuit by the American Civil Liberties Union a statewide injunction was placed on the order with a court date set to examine the matter in July.
According to NBC News, families with trans children are planning to flee the state so they can continue to access care and treatment.
One parent, Katie, told NBC: "The things that you never would think would happen somehow are reality, and I can’t live with the uncertainty. It’s eating us up."
She added: "We’re leaving Texas temporarily on our terms with the hope and prayer that come November, we’re going to get to come back home and it will be a joyous homecoming."
London Trans+ Pride's statement also says, "We march, as always, in memory of all our trans predecessors: siblings, leaders, and loved ones who even in death survive so that we can thrive. We march, as always, to forge a path for all the trans people to come. We march for trans life."
More information about the specific route will be available in the coming weeks. A GoFundMe page has been set up to help fund the costs of providing PPE, high-vis gear, and food and drink for attendees.
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