Report from International Women’s Day in Chester

Unique Transgender Network supports Chelsea Manning

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Above left to right: Jenny-Anne, Debbie and Elen of Unique Transgender Network

This annual event for International Women’s Day on 8 March is organised by Chester Women’s Aid. We took along information about Chelsea Manning and the Family Fund as part of our peace and justice stall. Other information included anti-nuclear, anti-war and peace-related literature.

We found ourselves right next to the performance area where the afternoon’s entertainment included signed singing, samba, a community choir, zumba and belly dancers in the tribal style; we were also right opposite Unique Transgender Network campaign stall who took piles of our postcards and some briefings to share with their transgender groups in north Wales and Manchester. They posed for a photograph with our ‘Free Private Manning’ banner in solidarity with Chelsea Manning. Chelsea had been one of the trans people remembered by members of the Network at Manchester Pride 2013 last August, where they were invited to head the parade. The network supports transgender people, including those in prison. Chelsea is currently making application to formally change her name and her lawyer David Coombs is pursuing her request to receive hormone treatment while in military prison at Fort Leavenworth.

Some more pictures from Saturday:

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Above left to right: Dee Sign BSL singers, Black Veil belly dancers, Karamba Samba drummers, Zumba session. Click on images to see larger versions.

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