Sparkle2015Sparkle, the national transgender celebration is the world’s largest transgender event. For the last 14 years, the event has been celebrating with the trans community in July in Manchester, UK. Over the Sparkle Weekend visitors celebrate with music and events and there are also have talks and workshops that are all FREE to attend.

In July 2015 Sparkle welcomed over 10,000 attendees – making Sparkle is the largest free trans event in the world. The Sparkle mission is to promote a positive public image of the trans community within society. Their aim is to build confidence and resilience, to develop understanding and cohesion in society and to challenge stigma.

The Sparkle event attracts trans people and trans allies locally and from around the world. The event showcases trans and trans ally entertainment during the weekend, and there are a host free educational talks on trans related issues. The celebration takes place in Sackville Gardens, in the Gay Village in Manchester, UK. This choice of venue provides a safe place for trans people. The event has the support of Manchester Council and local businesses.

In 2015 Sparkle hosted the first annual fringe event – this week long celebration  was held Wednesday to Wednesday either side of the Sparkle in the Park event over Saturday and Sunday.

For more information about all the events taking place over the weekend and during the fringe, visit www.sparkle.org.uk

Natalie has been an LGBT journalist for 12 years and joined the Fyne team in 2001. Her interests outside of work are cycling, running and badminton. She is also studying for a degree in psychology.

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