As the UK’s first Trans Pride event is staged this weekend in Brighton, one of its organisers Sabah Choudrey talks about the challenges of having a transgender identity.
The Trans Pride event being held in Brighton is aimed at tackling that. Over 350 people are expected to attend events including a beach picnic. Mr Choudrey told the BBC:
“I hope that this event will increase visibility…showing people that we are a community and that it’s not a fetish or some kind of freak show or a strange medical phenomenon.” Sabah Choudrey spoke about Trans Pride at ‘Queer Day Out’ on Brighton Beach
The NHS guidance on transgender issues identifies Gender Dysphoria as the “discomfort or distress” caused by a person’s sense of their gender identity. It is not seen as a mental illness in itself but says “the associated pressures… and social stigma… may result in clinically significant levels of distress.”
Activists in the trans community hope with more visibility, society will change and it will be less difficult for people who want to explore their gender identity.
“Trans history is very dark and it isn’t as progressive as gay history really.” Mr Choudrey said. The hope is that visibility will help stop more transphobic
So if you are in Brighton? Go out and have some fun.