Trans Pride Main Events

The Annual Brighton Trans & Non-Binary Conference 2017

Date: 20th July 2017

Time: 09.00 - 17.00

Location: Grand Parade Campus, Brighton University

This year’s Annual Brighton Trans Conference seeks to bring trans and non-binary people, researchers and allies (as well as those who seek to work better with trans and non-binary people) together in order to work towards making a more trans and non-binary inclusive society.

Confirmed keynote speakers: Jack Monroe

Meg-John Barker, EJ Scott, Juno Roche

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The venue is wheelchair accessible and hearing loops are available in most rooms. Toilets will be gender neutral for the event.

The 5th Annual Trans Pride Film Night 

Date: 21st July 2017

Time: 18.30 and 20.30

Location: Dukes at Komedia, 44-47 Gardner St, Brighton BN1 1UN

For the fifth year running, Trans Pride BrightonMy Genderation and Eyes Wide Open Cinema have teamed up to curate a selection of short film exploring a variety of trans lives and experiences worldwide. This eclectic selection, featuring both fact and fiction film, is a testament to the heterogeneity of trans lives and a celebration of resilience in the face of oppression.

The programme will be screened first on Friday 21 July at Duke’s at Komedia – tickets are available here.

Our second screening of the programme will be on Monday 31 July at the De La Warr Pavilion in Bexhill – tickets are available here.

Curated by My Genderation & Eyes Wide Open.

The venue is wheelchair accessible, and will have gender neutral toilets on the night, any further questions please send us a message.

Film listings



Directors: Juliet Jacques and Ker Walwork. UK 2016. 10 mins.

A meditation on the biology of sex and gender, shot on 16mm celluloid film and narrated by Rebecca Root


MajestyGirls: The Lady Keteva

Director: Veronica Robinson. USA 2015. 9mins.

At the wise age of 59, a transgender woman reflects on her struggles growing up in one of the roughest projects in Miami.




Director: Calí Dos Anjos. Brazil 2017. 10 mins.

This enchanting documentary, which uses both real life footage and animation, explores the lives of a selection of trans people in Brazil.



Director: Rowyn Mottershead. UK 2017. 9 mins.

A group of transgender young adults to explore their identity and reflect on their transitions.



Skeleton In A Beret

Director: Mabz Beet. UK 2017. 7 mins.

Two trans people talk about how they have actively used video games as part of how they explore not just their gender, but their skills, self-confidence, and self-expression.




Director: Anne-Marie O’Connor. UK 2016. 14 mins.

When Kate discovers that her mum is gravely ill, a fact that her stepfather had been keeping from her, she reflects back on their relationship, from her pre-transition childhood to the present day.


Like You

Directors: Fox Fisher and Owl (Ugla Stefanía). Iceland 2017 . 7 mins.

A trans girl in a remote farm in Iceland finds out that she has more in common with a farmhand from England than she originally thought.



Red Leaf

Director: Kai Tillman. Cuba 2016. 7 mins.

A child living in a small Cuban town creates a secret world to explore their developing identity.



Director: Mike Paulucci. USA 2016. 10 mins.

A Chicago teenager decides to reveal their true identity during a spoken word performance.

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Trans Pride Protest March

Date: 22nd July 2017

Time: 11.30

Location: Marlborough Pub & Theatre, 4 Princes Street, BN2 1RD Brighton

Meet outside the Marlborough Pub / Princes Street
March leaves at 12 midday towards Brunswick Square after a few speeches. 

The March itself is 1.3 miles long (2168 metres), however you can meet us at the park too, there is no obligation to take part. There are regular busses between the park and the Marlborough (Brunswick Square stop to the Old Steine) and back. For more information on busses and ticket prices, have a look at the Brighton and Hove Bus Company website.

Trans Pride DIY Gig

Start date: 22nd July 2017

End date: 23rd July 2017

Time: 19.30 - 00.00

Location: The Synergy Centre, (Music Hall, Rear Entrance) 7 Middle Street, Brighton, BN1 1AL

The Trans Pride Brighton D I Y Gig.

The entrance to the venue is for The Synergy Music Hall at 7 Middle Street; next to Sticky Mike’s Frog Bar.


How to get there

From Brighton Station head for the sea, crossing the main junction at the Clock Tower (North Street and West Street junction), turn left at Nationwide Building society onto the pedestrianised street. At the end turn right at the Victory Inn and head towards the seafront. It is a little further down the street on the right

The gig

This year we are bigger, we have 5 awesome bands.

We have metal, hard core punk, post punk, gothpunk.

These bands are loud and are all Breaking rules about gender, some a bit angry, some political, but they all have something worthwhile sing and shout about , so pls bring earplugs, (we will have some at the door as well)

There is no age limit, but we ask that if there is any persons under the age of 16 that you have an adult with you.

Food available

Soft Drinks and tea and coffee will be sold on site, so if you want anything stronger bring your own.

A vegan and vegetarian cater will be on site, prices to follow
Snacks Nachos and Tacos
served with Salsa, Classic or Red Coleslaw

Finger food Sausage rolls
mini pizza
Sweet Potato Bites

Mains 5 Bean Chilli

Sharer platter – Tex mex. Vegan Chilli / Salsa / Salad / Taco / vegan Dippers / Guacamole / Coleslaw

Finger food margherita pizza
Mac n cheese
Potato Wedges or Coleslaw

Sharer Platter – Nachos Classic. Cheese / Sour Cream / Guacamole / Salsa

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Doors will open at 7:30 close 12:00

The venue is accessible.

Tickets at the door and park or online at brownpapertickets £5.00

Line up

8:10 Tuck and the Binders :

8:55 The Fascinators:

9:40 Pentacorn:

10:25 F.L.O.S.S:

11:10 Pink Narcissus:

Trans Pride Park Event (MAIN EVENT)

Date: 22nd July 2017

Time: 13.00 - 18.00

Location: Brunswick Square, Brighton BN3 1EH

Join us at the Marlborough Pub at midday to join the march to Brunswick Park. The party in the park featuring music, spoken word, poetry as well as community stalls. (Sorry no dogs allowed in the park except assistance dogs.)

The park will have accessible toilets, a hearing loop for the stage, and places to get food and drink. We will have a quiet area where you can go should you need it, an information stand with merchandise being sold, along with a children’s area (not a creche, parents/guardians must be with their children at all times).


Trans Pride: The Party!

Start date: 22nd July 2017

End date: 23rd July 2017

Time: 21.30 - 03.00

Location: Tramfrau, North Laine Brewhouse 27 Gloucester Place, BN14AA Brighton


Hosted by Tramfrau

It’s the official party for the Trans Pride 2017 weekender. Expect a night of music, DJs, art, crafts and performance! Putting the T first. We’ll be taking over the whole North Laine brewhouse for a long night of fun.

Behind the decks:

** DJ S/HE (Tomboys Don’t Cry) – Transgender DJ from Milan, where he runs Gender Sux! a weekly queer event, S/HE has played for various LGBTQIA+ parties in London (Club Lesley, T Club, Wotever and Lemon Juice). He’s also part of the queer collective Tomboys Don’t Cry and his high-energy djsets are a mix of deep-house, electro, queer hop and tech-house. We’re excited to have him back at Trans Pride this year!

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In the room:

** Krishna Istha and Jacob V Joyce // collaborative durational performance // Will you dare to join in?
– Krishna Istha is a live artist and performance maker. Their comedic political acts and alter egos focus on queer culture, gender politics and feminism. Currently, Krishna is in Wild Bore at the Malthouse Theatre (Melbourne).
– Jacob V Joyce is a non binary interdisciplinary artist that disrupts commercial and community spaces with queer and decolonial, creative interventions. Their art work, comic books and zines address personal and global instances of systemic oppression.

** Roaming entertainment from Victoria the Translady Magician. Born with magic powers. Raised by witches. Now eats three sensible meals a day and uses her magic powers for good not evil (most of the time)

**The Museum of Transology: how do you make your own history? What makes you and represents you? A mini participatory exhibition about you!

The venue is wheelchair accessible.
Staff and security will be debriefed about the event and around diversity, pronouns etc.
On the night, the venue will be closed to the public, and only in use for Trans Pride attendees and ticket holders, to help ensure it is a safer space for attendees.

If you look under 18, and are not comfortable/are anxious showing your ID to security person etc etc etc please get in touch. That should be no reason to not come out and hang out with your queer family. We are committed to help make this smooth, so please get in touch and we’ll arrange for you to come into the venue with us.

Tickets: last year the party sold out leaving not a few disapponted people out. Please make sure you get your ticket in advance here:

Trans Pride Picnic

Date: 23rd July 2017

Time: 13.00 - 17.00

Location: Marlborough Pub & Theatre, 4 Princes Street, BN2 1RD Brighton

Pop down to the Marlborough Pub for a Sunday picnic to say goodbye to new friends, reminisce about the weekend and start dreaming about next year. Come early for free vegan food!


Trans Pride Park Event (MAIN EVENT)

Date: 21st July 2018

Time: 13:00 - 18:00

Location: TBC

More details soon



Independent Events In And Around Brighton

Cassils in Conversation

Date: 17th June 2017

Time: 07.30 - 21.00

Location: Marlborough Pub & Theatre, 4 Princes Street, BN2 1RD Brighton

Part of the Trans Pride Summer Season

A conversation between Cassils, Dr. Dominic Johnson and Manuel Vason, hosted by Dr. Gavin Butt from the University of Sussex.

Tickets are FREE but booking is essential.

If you have a Companion/PA then they can accompany you for free, please send an email to [email protected] to arrange a ticket, and let us know if you have any further access requirements.

Ear plugs are available upon request. We have a hearing loop in the theatre, you can connect to the induction loop via your hearing aid. Do this by switching your hearing aid to the T position.

Watching U / Watch Me (Brighton)

Date: 28th June 2017

Time: 19.30 - 00.00

Location: Marlborough Pub & Theatre 4 Princes Street, BN2 1RD Brighton

Part of Trans Pride Summer Season

A (New) Performance by Alok Vaid-Menon

“Capturing Hate,” a recent investigative report, analyzed eyewitness videos of anti-trans violence filmed as entertainment. The 329 videos they review have been viewed 89,233,760 times — they are so popular, in fact, that companies sponsor branded content on them to sell products.

We must ask: from the cinema to the street, do transfeminine people matter beyond our entertainment value?

In this solo-performance situated at the place where the URL and IRL converge Alok explores the sinister sides of visibility and our abusive relationship with the internet: How many facebook likes does it take to love yourself? How many followers does it take to feel less alone? What would it mean to understand the internet — and the violence it inflicts — as real? Why do we call cis people looking at trans people progress?

Join for an evening of poetry and experimental performance confronting heartbreak, digital alienation, and the meaning of intimacy in a cyber world.
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Alok Vaid-Menon is an internationally acclaimed trans writer and performance artist. Known for their expressive poetry and biting comedy, Alok has charmed audiences across the world. Alok regularly performs to sold-out houses at venues like The Museum of Modern Art, The Brooklyn Museum, and the Mercury Lounge. Alok was recently part of the HBO documentary The Trans List, the Public Theater’s Under the Radar Festival, and the Lincoln Center’s La Casita Festival.

Accessibility information not provided.

My Sex

Date: 1st July 2017

Time: 19.30-20.30

Location: Marlborough Pub & Theatre, 4 Princes Street, BN2 1RD Brighton

In a world governed by binaries and checkboxes, this brief but intimate encounter presents a candid insight into one queers experience of living and loving in the spaces in-between.

From foreplay to fetishism, Phoenix invites you to join them for a whirlwind tour in slipping the bondage of our cultural conventions to reclaim the pleasures and potential of this most personal gift: SEX.

If you have a Companion/PA then they can accompany you for free, please send an email to [email protected] to arrange a ticket, and let us know if you have any further access requirements. Ear plugs are available upon request.

We have a hearing loop in the theatre, you can connect to the induction loop via your hearing aid. Do this by switching your hearing aid to the T position.

PUNK Band Project

Date: 15th July 2017

Time: 15.00 - 21.00

Location: Marlborough Pub & Theatre 4 Princes Street, BN2 1RD Brighton

Part of Trans Pride Summer Season
Workshop from 3pm (booking essential – free ticket)
Free Gig featuring Twink 182 7:30pm (just turn up!)

For trans, non-binary and gender-fluid 13 -17 yr olds

It took performance maker Rachael Clerke 25 years of really wanting to be in a punk band before it occurred to her in an inspired moment of staggering simplicity that she could just start one. So she did. She decided not to worry about being good, or looking good, or being talented, or having experience. She consequently realised that life’s a lot more fun if you stop worrying about these things so much.

Maeve Devine was 4 when she saw her first punks. They looked like they were from space. Right then and there she knew that she was one of them. Maeve has been playing in Punk and Rock and Roll bands since she was a teenager and is absolutely convinced that music has saved her life.

Taking the form of a day long punk-band-forming, song-writing, screaming-into-a-microphone workshop Punk Band Project at The Marlborough Theatre is an opportunity for trans, non-binary and gender-fluid teenagers to start their own bands. Facilitated by Maeve & Rachael and concluding with a mini gig at the Marly, it’s a space to do something real, very fast. To embrace noise, chaos, angst and joy.

There will be time for stumbling, falling over and shyness, but there will be more time for dressing up, shouting and hitting things. Followed by a gig featuring the new bands made during the day and headlined by Twink 182, the only all-trans pop punk covers band, in Brighton, possibly the world!

The workshop is FREE but ticketed. There will be free soft drinks available during the gig.

If you have a Companion/PA then they can accompany you for free, please send an email to [email protected] to arrange a ticket, and let us know if you have any further access requirements. Ear plugs are available upon request.

Trans Pride History Club Special

Date: 16th July 2017

Time: 15.00 - 17.00

Location: Marlborough Pub & Theatre 4 Princes Street, BN2 1RD Brighton

Part of Trans Pride Summer Season

Working with artist Jak Soroka we are going to be looking at how we build the representations of trans and non-binary lives in archives and museums. We will be thinking about creative ways to document trans and non-binary lives and how to mark places of significance in our city

Free Admission – tickets in advance

Trans Worker’s Exhibition

Date: 19th July 2017

Time: 18.00 - 20.00

Location: Marlborough Pub & Theatre, 4 Princes Street, BN2 1RD Brighton


StellaPix’s TRANSWORKERS EXHIBITION rides again – this time at the Marlborough Pub and Theatre – from 19th-31st July – and throughout Trans Pride! The exhibition celebrates positive images of Trans People, by Trans People, for everyone. The opening night will coincide with the opening of the Marly’s newly refurbished back bar. So come and have a drink on Wednesday 19th from 6-8pm!

A photo exhibition by Stella Michaels.

Accessibility information not provided.

Launch of the Museum of Transology at Trans Pride

Date: 19th July 2017

Time: 18.30 - 20.30

Location: Brighton Museum & Art Gallery, Church Street, Brighton

Museum of Transology

Want a free ticket to the Private Opening party of the Museum of Transology at Brighton Museum & Art Gallery? Just sign up to volunteer for Trans Pride 2017!

Free entrance to the Museum of Transology at the Brighton Museum & Art Gallery during Trans Pride 22nd & 23rd July. Grab your Museum of Transology Trans Pride Weekend Free Entry sticker at the Park! 

Trans Pride Brighton Art Night

Date: 20th July 2017

Time: 19.30 - 22.30

Location: Marlborough Pub & Theatre 4 Princes Street, BN2 1RD Brighton

Part of Trans Pride Summer Season

The Marlborough Pub and Theatre are delighted to host Trans Pride Art Night for the third year running. Join us for a showcase of incredible trans & non binary talent.


Travis Alabanza

Travis Alabanza is a Black, genderfucking, non-binary performance artist, currently 2016/17 Artist in Residence at the Tate. Their work combines live performance, poetry, soundscapes and projection to scream about their survival. Recently starring in Scottee’s 5* production ‘Putting Words in Your Mouth’, their work has been featured in I-D, Beyond the Binary – and performed across the UK. recently supported Mykki Blanco in Brighton.

Jak Soroka

“We Will Remember” This performance ritual is an exploration of the Marlborough’s queer history, a call to remember in the face of historic and current erasure of trans and queer histories.We exist. We are not new, we are not a trend. We have always been here. A walk into ways of remembering, space to mourn, respect and salute what has come before us – to feel backwards into the past. This is an on-going project to create site-sensitive performance actions that physically engage with moments of trans and queer resistance in Brighton.

Hester Chillingworth – Shorty

Shorty is a deconstructed drag-child of indeterminate gender, who frays at the edges and plays at the edges. Neither here nor there, neither this nor that, Shorty brings a spare change of clothes to most places, and usually has to use them. This show champions the not-quite, the slight and the awkward. It’s about the importance of grey areas. Shorty was the Chisenhale Dance Space and Marlborough Theatre 2016 Small Spaces commission.

If you have a Companion/PA then they can accompany you for free, please send an email to [email protected] to arrange a ticket, and let us know if you have any further access requirements. Ear plugs are available upon request.

Open Mic Night

Date: 20th July 2017

Time: 19.00 - 23.00

Location: The Yellow Book Brighton, 3a York Place, Opposite St Peters Church.

All performances will be by trans and non-binary folk. Just turn up on the night and express your interest to be added to the lineup, or comment on the event page. You can sing, dance, perform poetry, short stories, play an instrument, the sky is the limit (and a small performance area).


Accessibility Info: The Yellow Book is on one level (bar the external smoking area, which is out the back, you can also smoke at the front of the building), toilets are gender neutral with one accessible and one standard.

Kingdom / Trans Pride Fundraiser

Start date: 21st July 2017

End date: 22nd July 2017

Time: 21.00 - 01.00

Location: Latest Music Bar, 14 - 17 Manchester Street, BN2 1TF Brighton

All proceeds donated go to Trans Pride Brighton & Hove

Hosted by SAMMY SILVER – he serves sass, sex and surrealness, the non-binary badass bearcub loves to lipsync, sing and dance his little paws off.

With –

London based Drag King, Performance Artist, co-host and founder of BOi BOX.

Non-binary drag king based in London, serving porn and politics.

Challenging the construction of masculinity & femininity. You never quite know what to expect, other than the fact he’s guaranteed to show a bit of skin!

Feisty, fierce, and fabulous – confronting the heteropatriarchy whilst creating space and demanding visibility for Queer Femmes.

Jack is a trans man, drag king and actor. Believe me, he’s just as confused about it as you are.

Professional pretty boi and rising star on the drag scene. He can’t decide if life is a cabaret or a boyband music video!

DATE – Friday 21 July 2017
TIME – 9pm – late
VENUE – Latest Music Bar
ENTRY – £8 advance / £10 on the door

Venue is not wheelchair accessible
Toilets are all gender neutral

Kingdom is a safe space for all and does not tolerate sexism, racism, homophobia, biphobia, queerphobia, transphobia and ableism.

Trans Sauna Night

Date: 24th July 2017

Time: 18.00 - 01.00

Location: The Brighton Sauna, 75/76 Grand Parade, BN2 9JA

Cost: £15 for standard entry (single entry, once you leave you leave), £16 for a day pass (allowing you to come and go through the day), or £8 for the night owl ticket (late entry after 11pm, for the last two hours)

Once a month The Brighton Sauna opens its doors to trans and non-binary folk and their Significant Others, Friends, Families and Allies (by their invites only).
Come along and meet some people, relax in the jacuzzi, enjoy the steam room and sauna, grab a bite to eat with something freshly cooked, or get up to mischief in one of the private rooms!

A totally non-judgemental space, the Trans Sauna Night is a chance to relax and be as comfortable as you can in your own body. You can chose to be naked, with just a towel, or wear anything that can be worn in water (ie. Swim wear).
Please be aware that it does get very warm downstairs.

Any queeries please check out the Brighton Sauna: website or email [email protected]

Accessibility: The Brighton Sauna has an entry on the main street level where you will find the cafe, chill out area with TV and free water, tea and coffee, the porn cinema, massage room, and one of the dark rooms. It also has an accessible toilet on this level. Down a full flight of stairs is everything else, including showers, the jacuzzi and smoking area.


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