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Trans allies are crucial

An open letter from Ayla Holdom and Sarah Brown, chair and vice-chair of the Stonewall Trans Advisory Group, on the importance of allies following the transphobic 'protest' at this year's Pride in London parade.

'Being confronted daily in UK media and online by an extremely vocal group of anti-trans campaigners, armed with mistruths and stereotypes, has sadly become a constant occurrence for trans people. 

Almost no trans people escape the intense pain and isolation this causes, especially when authentic representation for our lived experiences is still so difficult to achieve in society. 

Pride events are rooted in creating solidarity with others facing similar struggles

Pride events are rooted in creating solidarity with others facing similar struggles, to live authentic lives without the limitations of stigma, shame and mistrust. 

For Pride in London to so easily become an event so visibly spreading mistruth and transphobia harms all; whether lesbian, gay, bisexual, or an ally.

For the trans, gender nonconforming and non-binary people present, and for their friends and loved ones, this was more hurtful than any mainstream media hate-piece could be, as in what should be a place and day of celebration they had their barely-won pride so vocally attacked.

If there's a silver lining, it is in the voices of friends and allies, that have found new confidence to stand up visibly against transphobia and hate. 

Your visible presence means more, especially now, than we can thank you enough for.  

Your visible presence means more, especially now, than we can thank you enough for. 

We are proud to stand alongside all allies to trans and non-binary people and those closest to them, to help each other achieve what we all strive for - a society without fear, without prejudice and with shared pride in our authentic selves.'

Find out how you can Come Out For Trans Equality today.