Sutton Council in partnership with the Sutton LGBT Forum have launched the U.K’s first Trans pedestrian crossing. The crossing was installed in Sutton Town Centre and launched on May 17th 2021 to coincide with IDAHOBIT (Interntional Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia and Transphobia).

The crossing follows on from last year’s Rainbow crossing that was installed to celebrate Pride Month and the boroughs LGBTQ+ Community. 

Launching on IDAHOBIT has particular significance. Until recently, the Met Police didn’t publish the Transphobic hate crime stats across the capital and often, Trans Hate crime goes unreported. 

Rachel Simpkins, Sutton LGBTQ+ Forum’s Trans Project Lead, said:

“Our hope is that this Trans crossing will hopefully pave the way for more Trans crossings around the UK which in turn would help bring inclusivity in our society at large. 

We (Sutton LGBT Forum) offer support advice and engage with the Trans community not only from Sutton but its neighbouring boroughs.” 

Cllr Jake Short, Sutton Council’s Lead Member for Equalities, said:

“I am delighted to see this celebration of the richness and diversity that our transgender community brings to Sutton.

Until transgender people and other minority groups are able to live without fear of discrimination or hate, we must continue to demonstrate our support and stand with them to clearly demonstrate our commitment to eliminating transphobia.”

More information on the Sutton LGBTQ+ Forum and their upcoming activities can be found on their website, and via their newsletter.

International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia is observed on 17 May and is a worldwide celebration of sexual and gender diversities.

A group stand in front of the new Trans Flag crossing