Blackpool Pride apologizes for its trans-only area

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The organisers of Blackpool Pride have apologised after putting up a sign for a “trans only” area banning kids under 16 from entry if they were not acocmpanied by adults. Organisers have since responded to apologise after being accused of transphobia by the attenders. Organisers said the sign was out of date and that it should not have been put out in 2017. Writing on Facebook, the Chair of Blackpool Pride Festival, Shaun Pickup, said: “We are deeply saddened that we have received complaints and concerns from our visitors regarding the Trans* area at this year’s Blackpool Pride Festival and would like to offer our most sincere apologies for any offence which has been caused. “The sign in question was produced for a previous festival where there were age related licensing restrictions in the area of the building which the Trans* area was situated and should not have been displayed this year. As soon as the festival’s organising committee were made aware of the complaints regarding the sign it was removed and will not be used at any future Blackpool Pride Festival event,” the organizers wrote adding that they were going to reach out trans groups for the next year pride.

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