are pleased to announce that we have a 10 x 10 metre space at
the north end of the park and to the east of the main stage.
Please join us on the parade starting at 11am from Marine Parade
and after for a free lunch on our pitch. Volunteers will be
needed on the day, so please let me know if you would like to
help. Please e-mail Natasha.
for the web site for this year's Pride. Notice that this year
it is an LGBT event, so it includes Trans people. I hope we
can make this an event to remember for all Trans people, so
PLEASE DO COME!
To provide a safe and informative space for people interested
in exploring ideas around gender identity
Pride events have traditionally been an environment for
celebrating the diversity of the lesbian and gay community.
This year Pride
in Brighton & Hove has agreed to explicitly include
and reference the transgender community. This is a new and significant
Trans people have been typically invisible, marginalised
and stigmatised in general society. Alliances between the trans-community
and the lesbian and gay community have begun to emerge locally
and nationally. In order to demonstrate the progress of these
relationships locally in a clear and visible way, it is proposed
a specific designated space be organised, by and for trans people
and their friends. The space has already been successfully agreed
with Pride, mirroring the traditional womens and young
peoples areas, for example.
This is a new and exciting development, further enhancing Brighton
& Hoves reputation as a diverse city and the
place to be. The city is considered by many to be the
lesbian and gay capital of the U.K. Anecdotal evidence suggests
that this is may be echoed in the future within the extremely
diverse trans community. Results from the acclaimed and award
Me In survey suggest that there are currently at least 1100
trans-people living in the city; a probable underestimation.
A conclusive survey has not yet been undertaken.
Having a clearly defined space that welcomes diverse
expressions of gender identity within the context of this event
will serve as a physical beacon for anyone with an interest.
It is also a simple, powerful, high impact, cost-effective message
within one of the highlights, and favourites, of Brighton &
Support for this new concept locally is being
sought from a variety of sources, including the local council
and other statutory agencies, service providers, community and
voluntary sector organisations, businesses, political bodies
This plan clearly
is aims to:-
Improve the social well being of the city
Raise awareness of individuals, communities and organisations
Tackle social exclusion
Tackle discrimination and inequalities
Improve community safety
Encourage community development
(these are council funding criteria)
The entire process will be reviewed and evaluated and serve
as a template for other opportunities and events within the
City. Hence, this plan constitutes a contribution to long-term
sustainability within the development of the LGBT community.
Provide information and free literature on gender issues, services
and organisations, such as the Anti
Victimisation Initiative MIND and those listed below.
To increase support for and challenge discrimination against
the trans community.Provide a safe space where vulnerable people
who express their gender non-stereotypically can socialise and
meet others to share their experiences.
Provide free refreshments, respite and information for visitors
which is easy to locate from anywhere on the park.
Ensure there are volunteers throughout the day to go bucketeering
Enjoy our Queers on Wheels parade effort and have
a free picnic lunch for every one who attends after on our pitch
and give out 10,000 Gender Diversity stickers.
Several large garden sun shades are arranged in the corners
of our 10 by 10 metre plot. Under each is a teak table and folding
chairs. Electricity is provided by a pedal powered generator
which keeps storage batteries charged to run a Public Address
At each table visitors are served free iced cool emerald green
mint cordial or coffee. The effect is open, light airy, inviting
and elegant. Linen white is everywhere contrasted with light
Printed material is presented on each table. Background music
flows gently offering a brief respite from the rigours of partying,
allowing quiet and discrete conversation; a safe space for people.
It is open on three sides and backs onto trees and the main
access/emergency road for the site. Crowd control barriers allow
safe and easy access and flow of people.
Perimeter access control barriers supplied by Pride subcontractors.
Decorated with bright striped plastic marker tape and a 2.5
meter wide opening on the middle of three sides. Potted flowers
and trees are tastefully placed inside the space. A lighting
rig and P.A. is in one corner. A generator is in another.
Geodesic Dome is fire proof knock down timber and canvas construction.
An out door sound system is controlled from here. Drinks, literature,
food and personal valuables etc are stored here.
Furniture is high quality commercial wooden/cast metal garden
ware. These are stored and reusable for other coming events.
Five 2.5metre diameter teak tables each with 7 or 8 folding
chairs. Five folding fire proofed parasols. Fire extinguishers
are kept on each table.
Several helium filled whether balloons are tethered to the
scaffold barrier and concrete weights, each about 3 metres in
diameter, they carry the Gender Diversity logo high
enough to be seen everywhere on the day, (wind speed on August
10th permitting). Helium filled silver balloons are tied to
the back of everybody on the parade printed with the Gender
Wheels, wheels, wheels! Roller blades, roller skates, push bikes,
skate boards, wheel chairs, cycle rickshaws, push chairs, prams,
unicycles, tricycles and polycycles. Every member of the Transgender
parade will have a small silver helium filled balloon tethered
to their clothes, each wears a sash to distinguish them from
the crowd. Each has a roll of Transgender stickers to give out
to people. A generator and sound system are peddled on a small
trailer behind one of the tricycles. Another has bottled water
and extra stickers and handouts for the marchers.
Tables, chairs, &
plants hire £190
Public Address system hire £110
Helium, weather and small balloons £320
tickers, literature, reprographics, press-release and admin
Wheeled vehicle and circus equipment hire £190
Crowd control barriers (supplied by pride) £120
Fire extinguishers hire £45
CD ROM production £1000
Geodesic Dome (free of charge)
All organisations who work with transgender people are invited
Clare Project have pledged 1000UK pounds and Brighton and
Hove Pride Community Chest fund of 500UK pounds has been awarded
to Male Network
Looking Glass Society