Flying the flag for Trans Day of Visibility 2023

On 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 each year. The event was created as a day to visibly celebrate being transgender, and for allies to show their support for the transgender community. 

We’ll be honouring our trans and nonbinary 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.

We know there is a lot of pressure on trans and nonbinary people to conform, change and prove their gender to others. We stand alongside trans people in stating that regardless of identity, expression, or orientation, trans people have nothing to prove.

The day is dedicated to celebrating the accomplishments and triumphs 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 nonbinary 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.

Trans Day of Visibility Makers Market

A Trans Day of Visibility Makers Market is being held at Brighton & Hove’s LGBTQ cultural and community hub The Ledward Centre, Julie Street, Brighton, BN1 1GE on Saturday 1 April from 11am to 5pm.

Our trans and nonbinary inclusive approach

We’re proud of being a diverse city and the council’s commitment to equality and inclusion for all people, including our trans & nonbinary residents. Brighton & Hove stands in full solidarity with the trans community, in our city and beyond, in its struggle for safety and equality in all aspects of their lives.

The city’s Trans Needs Assessment and Trans Equality Scrutiny group which identified the Trans & Nonbinary community as a group made vulnerable by our society, and highlighted the need to remove the stigma and build relationships.

We are aware of an ongoing interest in our trans & nonbinary 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, nonbinary & LGBTQ+ communities. We aim to do this in partnership with national and local organisations and communities.

Reporting hate crime and anti-social behaviour

Everyone in Brighton & Hove has a right to feel safe.

We are committed to supporting communities harmed by hate crime.

We encourage anyone who has experienced anti-social behaviour or hate incidents, harassment or distress due to their identity, to report it. 

We’re working with trusted community partners to offer an option of reporting hate incidents to them in a confidential safe space. 

  • Rainbow Hub
    Ledward Centre, Jubilee Street, Brighton, BN1 1UU 
    Phone: 07714 782585 
    Open: 11am to 4pm, Friday to Sunday 
  • Possability People 
    Montague House, Montague Place, Brighton, BN2 1JE 
    Phone: 01273 894 040 
    Open: 10am to 4pm, Monday to Friday 
  • Racial Harassment Forum 
    Community Base, 113 Queens Road, Brighton BN1 3XG 
    Phone: 01273 234 017 or 07563 389482 
    Open: 10am to 5pm Monday to Friday 

You can also report hate incidents and anti-social behaviour to the council or Sussex Police.

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