On July 17th, 2021, Brighton Greens expressed support for the trans and non-binary community by joining the Trans Pride celebrations. Alongside joining the online Trans Pride event hosted by Trans Pride Brighton, Greens marked the ‘Trans Day of Remembrance’ by hanging flags over council buildings.

According to The Argus, Brighton and Hove City Green Councillor Steph Powell stressed the significance of ‘Trans Day of Remembrance’. He said “Our city has a proud history of diversity and celebration of our LGBTQIA+ communities, from the trans scrutiny panel launched under the previous Green administration, work with our schools and on mental health. Trans Pride is an important way we say loudly that this will continue. We demand a more equal future for our trans community, free from hatred and prejudice.”

Sian Berry’s Resignation

Greens marked the occasion after the resignation of Green Party co-leader ,Sian Berry, amid internal divisions in the party over the rights of trans and non-binary people. 

In a statement at The Argus, Sian Berry stated that “There is now an inconsistency between the sincere promise to fight for trans rights and inclusion in my work and the message sent by the party’s choice of front bench representatives.”

Click here if you want more information on Berry’s Resignation.

Green Party in Solidarity with the Trans and Non-Binary Community

In a press release on their website, Greens have outlined their agenda for more developments regarding the trans and non-binary community. They said “ Green Councillors continue to campaign for trans rights, with flagship work by the Green Group of Councillors on Trans Equality recognized for an award by the Centre for Public Scrutiny, and work ongoing to tackle hate crime and support young people”.

A picture of the Trans Pride flag flying from Hove Town Hall and Brighton Town Hall on Saturday, July 17th 2021.


In addition to their campaigns, Greens urge the Brighton community on their website to take further action for equality, against a backdrop of rising misinformation and transphobia being shared online and in some social media comments.

Here is a tweet published by Brighton & Hove Green Party, stating “We wish everyone taking part a very happy Trans Pride ‘The Sofa Years’ this weekend. We’re flying trans flags from our town halls to celebrate and show solidarity with our Trans and non-binary communities.”

Trans Pride Brighton

Trans Pride Brighton has been celebrating the occasion for the past nine years. This year on July 17th, they hosted an online festival with live broadcasts of special guests, workshops, and online exercises. 

On their Twitter account, Trans Pride Brighton published a video of the gatherings that took place in addition to the online event, calling “This isn’t bad, is it? #TransPrideBrighton

If you are interested in more information or getting involved with Trans Pride Brighton, click here. 

Zeynep Karageldi

Zeynep is from Izmir, Turkey. She is a second-year undergraduate student at McGill University in Montreal pursuing a BA in Political Science. Passionate about environmental science and environmental law, Zeynep likes to address issues from both scientific and political perspectives as a writer. In her free time, she enjoys watching movies and traveling.

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