Thousands in Manchester and London last weekend for peaceful protests in solidarity with Black Trans Lives Matter

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On what would have been the weekend of Pride in London, protesters braved bad weather to honour the UK’s Black transgender community and raise awareness of the heightened rates of violence and prejudice they face.

In Manchester, demonstrators gathered in Piccadilly Gardens, sheltering under umbrellas in the rain as trans activists and allies gave speeches to the crowd.

The London march began at Hyde Park Corner and culminated near the statue of former prime minister Winston Churchill in Parliament Square.

Protesters in both cities carried banners and placards bearing the messages: “Fight police brutality, fight racism!”, “Fight imperialism!” “Black Trans Lives Matter” and “White silence is violence”.

Further protests were held in London on 4 July. The rally erupted into applause during a speech: “We’ve tried asking, but now we must demand our Trans Rights!”

Members of every major political party have now condemned the government’s attack on trans rights. The LGBT+ groups of the Conservatives, Labour, Liberal Democrats, Scottish National Party, Plaid Cymru, Greens and Alliance parties all issued a joint statement expressing deep concern at the proposal to place unnecessary restrictions on trans people.

The joint statement reads:

“We stand together in our opposition to any proposal to place unnecessary restrictions on trans people, hindering their ability to live freely and without fear. It’s now nearly two years since Theresa May launched the LGBT Action Plan. There was an acknowledgement that trans people faced indignities and prejudice. We all welcomed efforts to reform the Gender Recognition Act (GRA), to remove the current costly, overcomplicated and bureaucratic process and move towards a self-declaration process – which is used, without issue, in eight countries across the world, including the Republic of Ireland.”

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