Leith will be a hub for artists, performers and authors who support the equal recognition campaign this weekend, as a fundraising event comes to the capital city.
‘Solidarity on the Shore’ is being held on Sunday 11th August on Giles Street and aims to raise funds to continue the fight for trans equality in Scotland.
The event is being organised by Scottish Trans Alliance and is supported by Harmonium and Sofi’s Bar, with sponsorship from Absolut and Electric Spirit Co.
A free day of entertainment awaits from 2pm til 10pm, including music, comedy, storytelling, poetry, zines and artwork which will take over the small corner of Leith – all perfectly timed in the middle of Festival season in the city.
There will also be vegan street food and an outdoor bar.
Becky Crowther, organiser of the event, said:
“Showing solidarity with the trans community in Scotland is so important right now. Whilst trans rights and trans people are under attack online and in the media, we are so grateful to all our contributors for standing with them to do something positive and celebratory.”
Manager of the Hamonium Bar, Ben Thomson, told us:
“We wanted to team up with Scottish Trans Alliance on this because this is a positive campaign to be involved in. As a venue we value equality and diversity and we want to be a place that does good food, good booze and is open to everyone.”
The campaign for equal recognition for trans and non-binary people has gained significant media and political attention in the last couple of years, with some very negative articles, especially in the right wing press.
Back in June it was announced in Holyrood that The Scottish Government, although continuing to back its manifesto commitment to world leading trans rights, would launch a second detailed consultation on gender recognition changes. They also confirmed the would not move forward with non-binary recognition as part of the consultation.
Solidarity on the Shore is an event to help celebrate the entire trans community in Scotland and raise funds for to continue the campaign for equal recognition. Pink Saltire are delighted to have supported the event with a raffle prize as part of the fundraiser.
The full list of performances is below: