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Trans people do have a voice

By Sabah

Trans people do have a voice

PHOTOGRAPH by Sharon Kilgannon, Alonglines.com

It’s after seeing what Brighton Pride turned into. A lot of different LGBT people in the city were all a bit displeased and realised that the trans community needs their own thing.

A lot has changed in Brighton and Hove, trans people do have a voice. There are things like the Trans Alliance forming and people are changing their policies and implementing things to protect trans people’s identities, understanding things. People are calling out transphobia, and it’s a really powerful movement that’s happening. I think that’s emerged with the reclamation of a queer identity, which is really great. But in terms of the gay sceneand the trans scene, if there really is one, I think the gay scene is quite dominant, identifying themselves by their sexuality. That’s reflective of mainstream society with labelling things, putting things into a box.

Trans itself is an umbrella term for so many different things; it’s a gender identity, it’s a political identity, it’s all sorts of things. I think that’s what people find really hard to understand. It’s about trying to make people who identify as gay understand and listen and say like “This is your struggle too. We’re in this together”. Trans Pride can reach out even further than it did last year.

I really want to get the BME communities and more people of colour involved. There’s some kind of stereotypes around that need to be broken, even around like the notion that you can’t be black and gay. It’s really hard to talk about race, especially when you’re talking about transphobia and homophobia and biphobia as well. I really want people, when they hear the word  ‘diversity’, to understand that it means people who are from all genders and all cultures and backgrounds and all classes and abilities and disabilities. To really think about that word 'diversity'.


This is Sabah's testimony in Chapter One (Communities, Trans Pride, LGBTQ, differences, support) of the ground-breaking Brighton Trans*formed book.

To read more intimate, heart-breaking and heart-warming stories from transgender people, click here.

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This page was amended on 19/12/2014
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