You will probably have noticed that we’re all quite excited at the moment.  It’s because most of us are going to Brighton this weekend for the 4th iteration of Trans Pride!

As such, we probably won’t be posting new articles on nGendr until next week, however we will be hitting social media HARD.  If you don’t already, make sure you follow us on:

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If you see us there, say hello! We asked a few nGendr contributors to give their thoughts on what they’ve enjoyed about it in the past, what it means to them, and what they’re looking forward to this year:

Natalie Washington (@transsomething)A picture of Natalie Washington

“This will be my 3rd Trans Pride. For me it represents a handy checkpoint in my transition.  Each year so far I’ve felt more comfortable with myself.  When I first went in 2014, I was in the process of coming out and waiting to start medical transition.  I felt unusually emotional, given that I don’t do emotions! Seeing so many trans people together in one place gave me quite a rare sense of belonging, as well as empowerment, particularly from seeing people doing things their way.  I also think that it’s really important that this event doesn’t lose the sense of what Pride is about.  In a world that is increasingly going in the wrong direction, we need to stand proud and visible, and push for equality for all our trans & NB siblings.  Things like Trans Pride help engage people towards this cause, and that’s what it’s really about for me”

A picture of Charlotte McCarrollCharlotte McCarroll (@transcharlotte)

“This will be my first time going to Trans Pride Brighton and I am very much looking forward to it!  I began my full-time transition about two years ago now and have slowly been engaging more with the community.  For a long time my need to transition was a very personal decision and process I embarked upon with the help and support from some close friends.  As I found my feet in my career, with the family that accepted me and my friends I gained the confidence to step out into the world and carve myself the right niche for me.  As we have all found, it is not an easy undertaking.  There are many barriers to us living our lives as the people we truly are.  However, there are many people out there working toward true equality for us all in many different areas.  I am helping in the ways that I can and Trans Pride I believe will let me meet many of the others seeking to achieve the same thing.  I have had many interactions with people through social media and I am very excited to finally meet you all in person!”

Rachel Evans (@rvedotrc)

Rachel Evans, on a sunny day, sitting in the shade under a tree

“When I went to Trans Pride Brighton last year, for the first time, I was nervous – I’d only ever been to one ‘Pride’ event of any kind before (Dyke March London, the previous Summer), and the number of trans people I knew was probably still countable on a single hand. I knew that Natalie, Lisa Severn and Jayne were going, and so I told them that I’d be sticking to them like glue.

Well: I need not have worried. The atmosphere both at the Marly and the afternoon event in the park was supremely welcoming, inclusive and comfortable to be around, and I made many new friends that day. The weather was kind to us, and I felt so lucky to be around so many amazing people, seeing the diversity of what it means to be trans or gender non-conforming, and to feel completely accepted for being myself. As the sign on the door of the pub’s loos says, it’s for “all genders”, and coupled with the community non-commercial spirit of the event – and its small scale, compared to the main “Pride” events of the larger cities – this all made me feel right at home.

Last year when I had to leave on the Sunday, it felt all too soon, to have to leave this wonderful group of people. So I’ll be staying for longer this year!”

Lisa Severn (@lisasevern)

Sarah Savage and me, at Trans Pride 2013

“This will be my 4th Trans Pride Brighton, in fact I chose the very first one back in 2013 to be my first day full time, three months before starting hormones. As such, the event has very special significance for me and over the years, I’ve met so many friends old and new. I’ve met my heroes and role models, and revelled in a place and a time where, for once, everybody just ‘got’ me and I wasn’t in the minority.

Me at Trans Pride 2015

I love going back each year and seeing the wonderful diversity of trans people, be they young or old, standing proud in an event thats just for us, not another minority part of a big LGB pride.  I’ve seen my own appearance change too with each TPB as you can judge from the two photos here, taken in 2013 with Sarah Savage, and in 2015 outside the Marly.  If going full time is one of a binary trans persons birthdays, then TPB is my (shared) party!

The organisers do a fantastic job each year and it just keeps getting bigger and better every time.  I hope to see you there this year and if not, the next!”