What’s Trans Pride I hear you ask? Organised by volunteers who invite everyone who identifies as gender variant in any way and their loved ones. Trans Pride is a chance to celebrate and meet people in a supportive, empowered and proud environment. The weekend started in The Duke of York Cinema on Friday evening where we were treated to a selection of documentaries and fictional short films. My Generation/Patchwork lead by Fox and Lew provided an exclusive series of 12 films about gender variant individuals living in the UK, commissioned by All About Trans for Channel 4 and beyond. I was overwhelmed by the courage and honesty shown in each of these films and wish more people had a chance to see them.
Saturday’s activities began with a march which started outside the Marlborough pub and finished at the New Steine Gardens. I could hear angelic voices coming from the backstreets, Parochial Gardens to be exact. Ironic because Parochial means to focus on the small issues and after last night’s introduction to Trans Pride I am left realising this community cares about everyone and everything in this world. I am reminded of the early Pride demonstrations which were more political and social change orientated than party.
All ages were on the march, from children to grandparents. Accents from all over the world filled the air with excitement and optimism. I felt so proud to be involved in supporting this inclusive community.
The march walked up the rainbow flagged St James Street; shops displayed larger than life posters of Tran’s icons. Shopkeepers and passers-by watch and wave, the all-encompassing community spirit of Kemp Town giving me hope for the future for the rest of the world.
Arriving in the beautiful New Steine Gardens I am amazed by the amount of stalls offering information and support to the Trans community, the informal setting making it easy to ask anything. The main stage dominated the lower part of the gardens, opposite there is an Art Tent which also offers spiritual readings from the supporting religions. Workshops ran all day and ranged from ‘What makes a healthy relationship’ to ‘How to prevent homelessness’.
The main stage is eloquently compared by Nicole Gibson. Local MP Caroline Lucas spoke of her campaign to have a Trans medical centre in Brighton and we were entertained all afternoon by amazing acts including MC Smash, Seth Corbin, Jady Shaw, Poetry from a variety of readers, Nothing Yet, Daskinsey4 and the hilarious Sally Outen. The after party was at Brighton’s best alternative venue – The Brighton Arts Club. In my opinion the only venue that could do justice to The Trans Prom. I have never seen so many amazing outfits either. As I meandered the crowd, who fell about laughing to Bethany Black, and danced to The Dykeness and a variety of DJ’s I was surrounded by so many happy faces. Everyone felt safe to express themselves and let their hair down. I realise how lucky I am that I can pretty much always do that without fear of recrimination.
Sunday was a much gentler, meeting on the beach for a picnic. Again all ages met on the beach adjacent to New Steine Gardens, milling about getting to know each other sharing food, and laughter and even braving the water. We were so lucky to have incredible weather for the whole of Trans Pride. Maybe someone was smiling down on us I heard someone say.
Trans pride was one of the most incredible experiences I have ever had in my life. Every human desires love, respect and acceptance and Trans pride promotes the concept of being proud every day. Doesn’t that sound like something that would benefit everyone in society?
A Beginner’s Guide to Toronto Apartments
If you are planning to move to Toronto, whether for work, studies, or any other reason, chances are you will need an apartment. Finding the right apartment, in the ideal location, at the right price, can be a soul-destroying task. In most cases, Toronto apartments are owned and managed by companies (as opposed to individual owners). Surprisingly, the number of apartments in downtown Toronto are quite limited. This guide explores Toronto apartments and how to navigate through the process of finding a new house.
Real Estate Agent or On Your Own?
When it comes to Toronto apartments, there are two ways to go about it: using a real estate agent or searching on your own using https://apartmentlove.com/ontario/toronto. You can take advantage of online resources to help you find an apartment, but be wary of scammers. Do not give a deposit until you have physically seen the rental and confirmed that the person you are talking to is, in fact, the owner. Of course, you can always hire a realtor to help you through the process. Apart from helping you identify great apartments and neighborhoods, a good real estate agent will also aid in negotiating the price and terms of your lease. What’s more, the agent’s commission will be catered for by the landlord, meaning you have an expert at your disposal for free!
Most Toronto apartments are advertised on the market two months before they become officially vacant for rent. The good news is that the market is HOT and experiences vacancy rates at a low 1.5 percent. This means that landlords have the luxury of choosing who they want to rent their apartment to. Basically, if you are not ready to move in six months, you’ll probably not have many options.
Once you have pinned down on an apartment, your landlord will issue a lease that summarizes your stay in the building. This includes details like your monthly rent, date of lease, rules regarding smoking and pets, among others. Leases are usually designed for twelve months, after which you are automatically considered “month-to-month” unless you commit to another twelve months. In most cases, however, you will be required to give a two months notice before moving out. While landlords cannot evict you for having a pet, they have the right to refuse to rent to you beforehand. Rent increases for building built before 1991 are also controlled per the Consumer Price Index for that particular year. On the other hand, landlords who own buildings established after 1991 can increase rent by as much as they want, as long as they give a three months notice.
How to Get The Right Apartment
As said earlier, the most ideal Toronto apartments, with the right price and in the right location, can be hard to find. As such, you have to be prepared at all times in case you find the perfect place. This means:
*Having your deposit ready
*Preparing your references in advance
*Getting a confirmation of employment letter
*Doing a credit check on yourself beforehand and having it ready