After transphobic Pride hijack, Green MEP highlights 'work to be done' on trans issues in Trans Pride Brighton statement
Keith Taylor, Green MEP for the South East and a former Brighton and Hove Councillor, has sent a message of support to all those involved in and preparing for Trans Pride Brighton this weekend.
After Transphobic protests marred the London Pride March earlier in the summer, the senior Green politician and member of the European Parliament's LGBTI intergroup, was keen to highlight the issues Trans people still face in Britain.
In a video message, Mr Taylor MEP said:
"Stonewall figures show the challenges that trans people still face in UK society - eight of ten young trans people self-harm or attempt suicide and 41% have experienced hate crime based on their gender identity in the last year."
"But progress is being made. After the stellar work of trans rights activists, starting right from the beginning with Marsha P Johnson, the World Health Organisation has just announced that it now no longer considers trans identities as mental illnesses."
"And while we should most certainly celebrate this achievement, there remains much hard work to be done - there are still 14 countries across Europe that require sterilisation when legally registering gender change, despite this being in violation of European human rights law."
"Through my work in the cross-party group for LGBTIQA rights in the European Parliament, I will fight to protect, uphold and enhance trans rights across the South East and beyond."
"This is all the more important following the outrageous transphobic protests at the London Pride march. Pride festivals should be safe spaces for everyone under the LGBTIQA+ umbrella and this behaviour is unacceptable."
Watch the full video below