With nationally recognised trans weekend Sparkle upon us, Greater Manchester Police showed their support by raising the trans flag in celebration.
The pink, blue and white flag was raised on Friday morning by Assistant Chief Constable Rob Potts, Deputy Police & Crime Commissioner Jim Battle, Dawn Pomfret and Liz Anderson from Manchester’s TransForum Support Group.
Sparkle is a national event in celebration of trans diversity, offering people a safe environment to explore their gender whether they’re just starting out on the journey or have been out as a trans for a while.
Despite Manchester having one of the most well-known and embraced LGBTQI scenes, incidents of hate crime still occur. As a very serious and harrowing ordeal carried out all too often on innocent people, GMP are making their presence felt during the weekend- long celebration.
Greater Manchester Police will have a stand in Sackville Park on Saturday and Sunday and are running two workshops on personal safety and hate crime.
The ‘Police with Pride’ rainbow car will be in the village all weekend and officers will also take part in a Q&A at a hate crime event taking place at Friend’s Meeting House on Saturday.
Assistant Chief Constable Rob Potts said, “We’re proud to have such a fantastic national event on our doorstep and are delighted to raise the flag in celebration of difference, diversity and acceptance.
“Although only a small gesture, I hope raising the flag sends out a strong message that we remain committed to reducing trans hate crime and ensuring members of the trans community are treated with the same respect and dignity as everyone else. ”
Dawn Pomfret, TransForum Vice Chair, said, “This flag raising is an indication of the emerging spirit of co-production between the trans community and GMP in addressing transphobic hate crime.
“It also symbolises the collaboration in raising awareness amongst front line officers of how to treat trans people. This will empower members of GMP to provide a proper service, which incorporates dignity and respect for all trans people.”
Visit sparkle.org.uk to see what’s going on in Manchester this weekend.