Featured member - Trans Pride NI
The festival is organised and run by NICVA members, Trans Pride NI, who campaign for transgender, intersex, non-binary, gender questioning and all other people and the charity is run solely by unpaid volunteers.
Themed “Celebrating Gender Diversity” this year’s festivities will include a vibrant and colourful march, discussions and an art exhibition on what it is like to be Trans, Intersex or Non-binary.
Open to everyone, the main Trans Pride NI Festival march will start at Buoy Park at noon on Saturday 1st June and take a short loop through Belfast city centre before returning to Buoy Park at 12.30pm.
Michael Steven from Trans Pride NI said:
“We very much look forward to families, friends and community groups attending this celebration to support Trans rights and those of the wider LGBT+ community including TNBI (Trans, Non-Binary and Intersex) because Trans rights need to be the same human rights shared by everyone.”
At Buoy Park immediately after the march speakers will include the Lord Mayor of Belfast, a representative of The Training for Women Network, and Dr. Sidhbh Gallagher who will talk about her gender affirmation surgery work with the Trans community. Entertainment will be supplied by Quire LGBT Singers, Victoria Garrett, Carla Queen, Miz Tasty, Alexis Cox, Fefe Geisha and Onya Becks.
Saturday’s festivities continue at the Minor Hall of First Presbyterian Church, Rosemary Street, from 2pm to 6pm, where we can learn of support for the Trans, Intersex or Non-binary community at stands manned by Unite the Union, Queerspace, Trans Pride NI, the Northern Ireland Civil Service and the Department for Communities.
Culminating in the Trans Pride NI Festival, celebrations kick off on 31st May 2019 with a PSNI chaired event entitled Safety and Trans Pride, discussing confidence building and ways of contacting the police for support and safety for Trans, Non-Binary and intersex people. The event, in the Minor Hall of First Presbyterian Church, Rosemary Street, Belfast, runs from 6pm to 8pm.
Other events taking place over the weekend include; a talk on Transphobia and Religion will follow on Saturday 1st June ’19 at the Minor Hall, First Presbyterian Church, Rosemary Street, Belfast, between 8pm and 10pm, Stories of Trans Pride NI Art Exhibition and Launch (Sat 1st June 2-4pm, Monor Hall, First Presbyterian Church, Rosemary Street, Belfast) and a Trans Information Exchange (Sat 1st June 4-6pm, Minor Hall, First Presbyterian Church, Rosemary Street, Belfast)
While all Trans Pride NI events are FREE, please let Trans Pride NI know you are coming by getting your free ticket via Eventbrite.