Transgender Activists Block Manchester Pride Parade

Source: Manchester Evening News

Yesterday thousands lined the streets for Manchester Pride. However a large number of trans activists used the event to protest over the treatment of transgender prisoners.

According to the Manchester Evening News, the group used their banners and bodies to stop the Greater Manchester Police float from participating in the parade and it was several minutes before the parade was able to continue.

The group was led by trans campaign group Direct Action for Trans Health as well as No Prisons Manchester and the IWW Incarcerated Workers Committee, reports.

Jess Bradley, who took part in the protest, said: “We have taken action in solidarity with trans and queer prisoners and against the building of a new US-style prison in Manchester.

“We call upon the government to implement a nationwide ban on prison expansion and an urgent review into the conditions within prisons for LGBTQ prisoners”.

The protest is said to have been endorsed by groups Direct Action for Trans Health, No Prisons Manchester, and the IWW Incarcerated Workers Organising Committee.

Source: ~ manchester evening news

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