While enjoying Leicester Pride one of our contributors, Amy Walker, chanced upon a very disturbing sight. One of the Pride’s volunteers had ‘tranny’ emblazoned along with their name on their outfit. Amy posted on the Pride’s Facebook wall describing very politely about what she had seen but was met with an avalanche of misogynistic and transphobic replies.
That thread was soon deleted, so in all appearances, it seemed that as far as Leicester Pride was concerned the conversation was over.
Amy then did what a journalist does and wrote about it, and I did what an angered editor would do, and published about it HERE.
One of our readers commented on that post asking if we had contacted Leicester Pride prior to posting, which we hadn’t. But that made me think. So I reached out to the Pide via their facebook. They were very understanding and after a bit of miscommunication, they issued this heartfelt apology.
Apology from Leicester Pride
With reference the recent event in Leicester and it being highlighted to us about the use of the word ‘Tranny’ being an offensive word to some people in our community, we would like to whole heartedly apologise for any offence taken. It was never meant in its context to be offensive and it was ignorant of us to think that in this day it was ok.
One the day of the festival comments were made on our Facebook page, which by the time we were aware had also got very abusive sub comments added by members of the public. We took what action we felt was right at the time, which was to delete the entire thread from our page.
Leicester Pride welcomes people from all walks of life and to think that this has in anyway ruined people’s day when they were attending or upset them in any fashion is totally unacceptable and for that we once again apologise.
Since then we have been contacted by the publication Planet Transgender and agreed to meet to discuss this, although a formal time etc has not yet been agreed we hope that we can have an open discussion and move on from this is a positive way.
Leicester Pride will never encourage any sort of negatively to people in our community and hope this apology is accepted in the spirit it is intended.
Apology accepted Leicester Pride!
I think the staff at Planet transgender, which I am a part of, could have done a better job in communicating our discomfort prior to publishing. But please do understand, we don’t often have the opportunity to interact with people as understanding, inclusive and gracious as you.
I also hope that this helps our worldwide LGBT community to understand some words hurt, perhaps not everyone, but that doesn’t give anyone permission to use them carte blanche or cavalierly.