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Statement on the Trans* area at Blackpool Pride

Statement on the Trans* area at Blackpool Pride

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June 11th, 2017

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Sunday 11 June 2017, 12:55

Blackpool Pride Festival and Horizon LGB&T Service have long been supporters of the Trans* community. It has come to our attention that there are some issues regarding the Trans* area at Pride.

The Trans* area has been part of Pride for 4 years, it came about through consultation with the Trans* community. It was requested by people who did not feel comfortable being out in a large festival space – they wanted a private and safe space for the community. This facility has been requested in subsequent years.

It’s not our intention to separate groups of people, rather listen to the community and provide an area that was requested.

We sincerely apologise for causing any offence, we did not intend to do this. We will be consulting on future activities and would welcome more help and advice with planning and organising these activities. If you would like to be involved, please follow the link to leave your name and email address.

We thank everyone that attended and will continue to offer our support in the future.

A further statement from Shaun Pickup, Chairperson of Blackpool Pride Festival

Sunday 11 June 2017, 16:28

We are deeply saddened that we have received complaints and concerns from our visitors regarding the Trans* area at this year’s Blackpool Pride Festival and would like to offer our most sincere apologies for any offence which has been caused.

The Trans* area was created in response to requests from the community to provide a safe space for them during the festival. Both Blackpool Pride Festival and our partners at Horizon are fully supportive and stand in solidarity with the Trans* community at all times, the provision of this space was an attempt to respect their wishes. We were in no way were seeking to segregate members of any community as our ethos as an organisation is about bringing people together.

The sign in question was produced for a previous festival where there were age related licensing restrictions in the area of the building which the Trans* area was situated and should not have been displayed this year. As soon as the festival’s organising committee were made aware of the complaints regarding the sign it was removed and will not be used at any future Blackpool Pride Festival event.

As part of our planning for next year’s event we are reaching out to the Trans* community and their advocates to find out how they would like to see the Festival provide a safe and inclusive space for them to come together without feeling segregated.

Blackpool Pride Festival is one which aims to bring people together from across the LGB&T and wider community and as a team we are all deeply sorry for any offence which has been caused. We hope that this unfortunate incident does not take the shine off what has been an otherwise successful weekend celebrating the community to which we all belong.

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