Press and Media
Please contact us if you require any information concerning the Sparkle Weekend and related activities, the ‘You Brought Your Own Light’ exhibition, and the annual Transgender Day of Remembrance event.
Our team are also here to answer any media enquiries relating to current news stories and articles.
However, if we consider any subject inappropriate or having a negative impact on the Trans, Non-Binary/Genderfluid and Intersex community, we reserve the right to not respond.
If, in certain instances, we are not able to assist, we will attempt to signpost you to the appropriate individual or organisation.
Please 'Contact Us'.
Sparkle Weekend Media Pass
Sparkle Weekend Media Passes, which are subject to terms and conditions, must be obtained in advance from the Reception Tent, and will not be issued without the production of photo ID such as a passport or a photo driving licence.
We take our responsibility to the Trans community seriously. We believe that being Trans, regardless of where people are on the spectrum, is a positive thing, and we also understand that the LGBT spectrum is wide and varied and we extend our support to all areas of our community.
If you wish to act as a journalist (paid or unpaid) or use any professional photographic, video, sound or other recording or transmission equipment for purposes other than strictly personal, private and non-commercial use are a journalist or photographer and want to attend at the Sparkle Weekend, or a Sparkle Event then please see below.
Sparkle is a registered charity which aims to promote and educate and inform of Trans* life and deliver a weekend celebration for all people on the Trans* spectrum and their friends, family and allies.
Sparkle Weekend celebration is held in Manchester Gay Village annually in July.
Sparkle Weekend currently has over 22,000 visitors and brings circa £2.8 million into the Manchester economy.
Sparkle in the Park has 6,000+ attendees in the park over 2 days.
Photographers Requirements (still and video)
Photographers must use industry standard equipment
Sparkle “official photographer ”Media Pass must be worn at all times
All photographers must sign in and out of event site at the reception tent. On signing in all photographers will be required to sign Sparkle’s terms & conditions for Media Passes
Photographers must warn any people photographed that their picture maybe published, and where an objection is made photographers must abide by that objection
Copyright and usage of all photographs taken “on-site” are subject to Sparkle’s terms & conditions for Media Passes which must be signed and accepted by all holders of Sparkle Media Passes must be joint copyrighted with Sparkle Charity and made available in suitable high resolution form for the Charities or Sparkle events use.
20% of any revenue made by a photographer on images taken onsite must be paid to Sparkle charity
ALL images that are to be published must have written approval by Sparkle press officer prior to publication
All images remain the property of Sparkle events until the owner of the photography equipment has signed out of the event site each day
Sparkle Media Pass must be worn at all times
Journalists are expected to ensure that all coverage is fair and balanced, not transphobic and portrays the event Sparkle and the transgender community in a positive light
Journalists will not try to engage with artists without the press officer present
Anyone to be quoted as speaking for Sparkle events or Sparkle Charity must have been provided for comment by the press officer
A recording (digital or written) of all interviews given by or on behalf of Sparkle to be provided to Sparkle Charity for prior approval to publication
Journalists will wear official press badges at all times
Journalists will familiarise themselves with all correct terminology with regards pronouns etc.
All print or web articles will/must mention the Sparkle charity website www.sparkle.org.uk
Media Passes remain the sole property of the Sparkle press officer and must be immediately surrendered if requested
Sparkle events reserves the rights to revoke any Media pPass if the holder is deemed to have broken the signed agreement or is deemed to be acting in a manner that is not appropriate to the event.
If a pass is revoked the holder will be asked to leave the site and photographers will be asked to delete images
Arrangement to cover any Sparkle fringe event must be made to the venue or person holding the event
Press/photographer passes do not entitle holder entry to any Sparkle fringe event.
Sparkle fringe events are not managed by Sparkle events or Sparkle charity and this fact must be made clear in any article or footage made at these events.
Sparkle – The National Transgender Charity are proud to work closely with Transgender talent; As part of this commitment we have ongoing relationships with our very talented and enthusiastic graphic designer.
She works alongside the board of trustees and organises the visual presentation for each Sparkle Weekend celebration in July and a wide variety of our branding and identity across our calendar.
Driving forward the Sparkle Brand is a focus of the charity to increase awareness of the Charity and its Volunteers, Visitors and Allies. As an organisation want to work with
you to highlight our great cause, raise money and promote the brand with our newest Logo's, Designs and Campaigns.
Creating the right opportunities for Individuals, Local Businesses, Corporate Partners and of course Sparkle.
If you have any questions regarding our branding or if you are wanting to create a impactful, creative and visually stunning collaboration to support your Sparkle Fundraising event?
Please drop us an email to
The Media is a powerful tool, if used the right way it can empower people to be their authentic self without fear. Working with media outlets for positive engagement is key to the success of our community and paves the way for transgender youth.