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First ever Trans Pride Festival comes to Belfast

Pictured at Buoy Park, Belfast, to announce the Trans Pride NI 2019 Festival are representatives of Trans Pride NI, from left, Adrianne Elson, Ozzy the Golden Retriever and Michael Steven. Photography: Bout Yeh
Pictured at Buoy Park, Belfast, to announce the Trans Pride NI 2019 Festival are representatives of Trans Pride NI, from left, Adrianne Elson, Ozzy the Golden Retriever and Michael Steven. Photography: Bout Yeh

Organisers behind the first Trans Pride Festival to be held in Northern Ireland are advising "viewer discretion" for their planned parade through the city.

The Trans Pride NI Festival begins on Friday evening with a series of events across Belfast followed by a march through the city centre on Saturday.

For the rally organisers are advising "viewer discretion".

Explaining, they said drag queens will be performing and there will be discussions about transgender surgery.

Michael Steven, organiser, said: “We very much look forward to families, friends and community groups attending this celebration to support trans rights and those of the wider LGBT+ community including TNBI (trans, non-binary and intersex) because trans rights need to be the same human rights shared by everyone.”

The theme of the festival is "celebrating gender diversity" and will include discussions and an art exhibition on what it is like to be trans, intersex or non-binary.

The march will start at Buoy Park at 12pm on Saturday and will take a short loop through Belfast city centre before returning to Buoy Park at 12.30pm.

Trans rights need to be the same human rights shared by everyone.”

Belfast Lord Mayor John Finucane will speak after the march, alongside Dr Sidhbh Gallagher from The Training for Women Network who will talk about her gender affirmation surgery work with the trans community.

Entertainment will also be provided by Quire LGBT Singers, Victoria Garrett, Carla Queen, Miz Tasty, Alexis Cox, Fefe Geisha and Onya Becks.

Saturday’s festivities continue at the minor hall of First Presbyterian Church on Rosemary Street from 2pm to 6pm where there will be stands for Unite the Union, Queerspace, Trans Pride NI,  the Northern Ireland Civil Service and the Department for Communities.

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