London Trans+ Pride has announced that it will return this summer with a protest march calling for equality in the UK and beyond.
Due to take place on 8 July, it comes at a time when trans rights are continuously seen as a source of ‘debate’ by the government and social commentators.
This year’s route has been changed “to accommodate growing numbers” of people in attendance, with Trafalgar Square confirmed as the meeting point.
In an Instagram post, London Trans+ Pride organisers emphasised that “pride is a protest” and encouraged those attending to “bring signs” and “wear flowers”.
It has also launched a Kickstarter campaign to help cover the “costs of staging, sound equipment, hire fees, and the usual costs of having stewards, including the transport costs of speakers, the hydration station, accessibility, and much more.”
‘We want to continue holding space for the trans+ community’
“Thank you all so much for coming down and making LTP 2022 our biggest and boldest march yet,” the team wrote. “We want to continue holding space for transgender, non-binary, gender non-conforming and intersex spectrum, making ourselves heard and visible, protesting against transphobic and archaic legislation and advocating for much-needed change to trans+ health care.”
London Trans+ Pride is hoping to reach a goal of £7,500 to help it “grow with the community” and make this year’s event its biggest to date.
It follows last year’s event seeing a record 20,000 people in attendance, with crowds hearing from trans activist Charlie Craggs, Heartstopper star Yasmin Finney and Labour MP Nadia Whittome, among others.
Speakers for 2023’s protest march are yet to be announced.
You can donate to the Kickstarter campaign here.