Pride in London is the one day of the year where you get cheered on for being trans & that you get cheered on by hundreds of thousands lining the streets of the capital as you march in the Pride parade for being trans is an experience that’s exhilarating as feck, it’s the reason I’ve kept on marching year on year in the Pride in London parade since I came out as trans almost a decade ago, no matter year after year the increasing physical pain I feel from participating in the Pride in London parade. But it’s not just the personal exhilaration I feel from being cheered on as I walk through the streets of London for being trans as to why I’ll put up with the physical anguish I’m feeling right now despite having been chugging Tramadol as if they were smarties, I’m prepared to endure physical pain from marching around London on a humid Saturday afternoon to further trans visibility because it’s the least I can do when far too many trans women & trans men & gender-non-conforming people have suffered far worse for simply being visibly themselves
A reminder of the role trans people have played in the struggle for LGBTQ acceptance came at Pride in London with public address announcers on the route of the march with remembrance that this year is the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Riots & it was trans women who were central to instigating the Stonewall Riots, a reminder that trans women were central to the most significant event which led to the LGBTQ civil rights movement as we now know it & thus we were very much involved at the very inception of LGBTQ civil rights movement, we’ve always been part of the LGBTQ community & central to pushing for greater LGBTQ acceptance no matter how much TERF & truscum bigoted fucks attempt to rewrite history. Yes unfortunately there were TERF bigots at yesterday’s Pride in London parade, a group of TERF bigots did come running past the trans group I was marching with as we waited to set off on the parade shouting some bullshit about how this wasn’t our pride but theirs, yeah well we loudly told them in no uncertain terms to FUCK OFF!
At least with 2019’s Pride in London there wasn’t a repeat of what happened last year when a group of TERF bigots hijacked the start of the parade to push their hatefully odious agenda of trans exclusion, instead this Pride in London was led with a lesbian group showing solidarity with trans sisters by marching with a #LwiththeT banner, an obvious attempt of Pride in London organisers to make amends. Though it was good move to have a lesbian group lead the Pride in London parade as misconceptions need be dispelled & the truth needs to be illustrated that the vast majority of cis lesbians do in fact support their trans sisters, an illustration that with the LGBTQ community there’s more which unites us then divides us, personally I would have still preferred if an out & out trans group had led the parade as a means to make a amends for last year as well as acknowledgement of the contribution trans people have made to the LGBTQ community with this being the year which marks the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Riots etc.
I’m not sure as to exact reason why Mermaids a trans charity which helps trans youth weren’t at the front of this year’s Pride in London parade because it would have been fitting as it would have shown solidarity from Pride in London against the continuous attacks in the Tory press against Mermaids for daring to actually help & support trans kids, however Mermaids did have a presence further back in the parade & did make an impression with their presence.
I’m glad Mermaids were in attendance at this year’s Pride in London just as I’m glad of all the trans presence there was at this year’s Pride in London, trans visibility is so vital to the trans community gaining greater social-justice & didn’t hurt that TransPals whom I was marching with had a fuck off gigantic Trans Pride flag hehehe.
I actually want to close this article by giving special thanks to Patricia Curtis of TransPals as she far too much grief & not enough thanks for the work as a trans activist she does.