On this International Trans Day of Visibility (TDoV), we’re celebrating the bravery, resiliency, and accomplishments of our transgender friends, family, and neighbours and acknowledging their contribution to the life of our city.
TDOV takes place on 31 March every year to celebrate trans and non-binary people and raise awareness of discrimination faced by trans people worldwide.
We’ll be honouring our trans and non-binary communities by flying the trans flag from both town halls for TDoV.
The importance of visibility
For many gender diverse people, a lack of representation, role models, and community can be isolating and make it difficult to feel proud in our identities
The day is dedicated to celebrating the accomplishments and victories of transgender and gender non-conforming people while raising awareness of the work that is still needed to achieve full equality.
We have a lot to be proud of in Brighton & Hove, being home to one of the largest, most vibrant, diverse and inclusive trans and non-binary communities in the UK.
The city is host to the oldest and largest Trans Pride event and we support a wide range of organisations specifically for the trans and nonbinary communities.
TDoV recognises the diverse group of trans people of all genders, sexualities, ages, disabilities, racial, ethnic and socioeconomic backgrounds, religions, and trans people at all stages of their transition.
Supporting trans equality
Councillor Steph Powell, co-chair of the Tourism, Equalities, Communities & Culture Committee, said:
“On this year’s Trans Day of Visibility, we’re flying the trans flag in support of our trans and non-binary communities
“Visibility plays an important part for our communities. We fully support everyone’s right to take pride in their identity.
“Brighton & Hove is a diverse city, and we’re committed to equality and inclusion for all people.
“We are proud of our commitment to trans equality.”
Our trans and non-binary inclusive approach
We’re proud of being a diverse city, and the council is committed to equality and inclusion for all people including our trans & non-binary residents.
The city’s Trans Needs Assessment and Trans Equality Scrutiny group which identified the Trans & Non-Binary community as a vulnerable group and highlighted the need to remove the stigma and build relationships.
We are aware of an ongoing interest in our trans & non-binary inclusive approach. We know from a range of evidence that gender is more complicated than is traditionally recognised.
Our equality and inclusion strategy rightly supports those who are experiencing greatest disadvantage. We will work together to advance equality and inclusion for trans, non-binary & LGBTQ+ communities. We aim to do this in partnership with national and local organisations and communities.
Reporting anti-social behaviour or hate incidents
We encourage anyone who has experienced anti-social behaviour or hate incidents, including Transphobia, harassment or distress due to their gender identity, to report it.
You can do that using our online anti-social behaviour and hate incident reporting form or by contacting our Community Safety team by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or calling 01273 292735.