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If London needs a separate Trans Pride, what does that say about LGBT solidarity?

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Pride in London is the one day of the year that the city feels like it belongs to LGBTQ people – which was why I was so confused, embarrassed and alarmed when a small group of lesbians disrupted last year’s event with a protest against the inclusion of trans people. Their banners read “transactivism erases lesbians”. Pride in London quickly condemned the protests, but as a lesbian and a feminist, I worried that people would think these protesters represented me. More than that, I worried about how it all left trans people feeling.

Perhaps, a year later, we have a clear answer. Plans for the first London Trans Pride have been announced. Due to take place on 14 September, the event will celebrate and centre trans and gender nonconforming people. There will be daytime family-friendly events such as panel discussions and zine making, as well as stalls from trans charities and businesses, followed later by an afterparty with trans musicians, performers and DJs. The idea was sparked by last year’s anti-trans protests, say its organisers, performer and promoter Finn Love and artist and activist Lucia Blake.

Love says they felt “disappointed” and “upset”, not only because the protest took place, but........

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