Crowds march through Leeds on Transgender visibility day

People protesting and marching for Trans Day of Visibility.

People protesting and marching for Transgender Day of Visibility.

Crowds marched through Leeds city centre to mark the 10th international transgender day of visibility.

By Vaishali Varu

The march was organised to protest against inequality for transgender people, to ensure their voices were heard.

The demonstration began at Leeds art gallery where some people made speeches whilst others got out their banners before heading up The Headrow.

As people chanted for their rights to be heard, the crowd proceeded through Vicar Lane, Kirk Gate, Wharf Street and soon ended up in wharf chambers.

“I’m just happy there is a space in which trans people can be seen in public” Hannah, a student at Hull University said.

“I think it’s all about meeting all kinds of interesting people” Bethany, participator of the march said.

The protest was the second of its type in Leeds, following a great turn out from last year.

This years march was hosted by Trans Pride Leeds.

“This event is about showing people we are here, we are not going anywhere” said Joni Clarke, coordinator for Trans Pride Leeds.

“Were going to keep fighting for our rights” Joni added.

The international Transgender Day of Visibility was founded by Rachel Crandall in 2009, and is one of the largest free pride events in the UK.





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