Equality and Diversity Training

The 2018 Sparkle Weekend saw over 18,000 trans, nonbinary/ genderfluid and intersex people, their families, friends, and allies visit the Sparkle in the Park event for two days of live stage entertainment and dancing, advice and support from community groups and trusted partner charities, our Family Zone (for younger trans and gender variant people, and their families and carers), and the opportunity to ‘Trans is not a choice, Transphobia is’ meet representatives of the Sparkle Weekend’s corporate partners to discuss the issues affecting this richly diverse, yet frequently marginalised community.


2018 also saw the exhibition ‘You Brought Your Own Light’, a series of intimate and compelling portraits informed by the lived experiences of its trans and non-binary subjects, by acclaimed photographer Allie Crew. Sponsored by Sparkle – The National Transgender Charity, and hosted in Manchester’s renowned and popular Central Library, ‘You Brought Your Own Light’ was nominated in the Best Art Exhibition or Event category in this year’s City Life Awards in the Manchester Evening News.