Greater Manchester’s Deputy Police and Crime Commissioner has spoken of the importance of respecting trans* people and valuing their contribution to our communities.
Jim Battle was speaking during Sparkle, the UK’s biggest transgender celebration and one of the biggest in the world, which is taking place in Manchester from 11 to 13 July.
Jim said: “Greater Manchester is one of the most diverse and accepting parts of the world and I am so proud that our region hosts Sparkle. This major event has played a massive part in building acceptance of gender diverse people within our society. It is a bright, colourful and – most importantly – proud festival where people are free to be themselves.
“This festival has added a real sparkle to Manchester this weekend. As one of the biggest events of its type in the world, I welcome it in our city – long may it continue.”
Jim visited the Police with Pride stand at Sparkle, before presenting Sparkle organisers with a special certificate from Police and Crime Commissioner Tony Lloyd to mark 10 years of the festival – and in recognition of all the work that Sparkle has done to build acceptance and understanding. He also spoke to members of the National Trans Police Association.
He also visited the National Transgender Remembrance Memorial in Sackville Gardens, to pay tribute to those trans* people who have lost their lives to bigotry and intolerance.
Jim added: “We have come so far in our country in building acceptance and equality for all, but that journey still continues. Sadly trans* people still face intolerance, violence and even death because of who they are and that is why it is so important for all of us to show that we stand shoulder-to-shoulder with them.
“I’m glad the police support Sparkle because it sends out a clear message that victimisation of trans* people is simply unacceptable and I would urge anyone who has been a victim of transphobic hate crime – or who has witnessed it – to report it to police.”
For more information about Sparkle, visit www.sparkle.org.uk
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For more information about the National Trans Police Association, visit www.ntpa.org.uk
To report hate crime, call 101 (999 in an emergency) or visit www.report-it.org.uk. You can also report hate crime at a range of non-police locations. For more information abut third-party reporting centres, visit www.gmpcc.org.uk/hatecrime.