Pop queens Little Mix marched in solidarity with trans kids at Pride in London today (6 July).
Jade Thirwall and Leigh-Anne Pinnock, two members of the band, walked with the group, Mermaids.
Susie Green, CEO of the trans children’s charity, said they had a bus for one important reason: safety.
Fearing an attack by transphobes at the event, they wanted the trans and gender-variant children safe.
But then, two pop stars came by to show support and take photos.
Little Mix stars march with trans kids charity Mermaids at Pride in London
Susie Green told Gay Star News it was an ‘immense’ moment for the kids.
‘To have such high profile artists, to stand out there with a Mermaids placard and give support to the charity, it was a real moment for me.’
If you’re going to talk the ally talk you better walk the ally walk 🏳️🌈 what an honour today to be marching alongside @stonewalluk @ukblackpride @Mermaids_Gender ♥️ we will ALWAYS stand with you. #TogetherInPride pic.twitter.com/hdWSxwj3Px
— Little Mix (@LittleMix) July 6, 2019
She also said: ‘I was just so aware how much it would mean to the kids. They’re using the platform to champion trans rights.’
Stonewall organized the pop stars’ visit to Mermaids during the march. They also walked with UK Black Pride, which holds their event tomorrow (7 July) in Haggerston Park. Thirwall and Pinnock walked with the group for about half the march.
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‘It felt like a family’
‘The nicest thing about it was, every time the bus turned a corner there was a cheer,’ Green added.
‘For those kids, they do see these horrible things in newspapers that invalidates their very existence.
‘So it was absolutely phenomenal. We walked in partnership with UK Black Pride, Stonewall, and it felt like a family.
‘It felt like a family that stood up for one another. It’s what we sorely need right now.’
Little Mix were not the only celebrity present at Pride in London.
Sam Smith, the gay non-binary singer, also marched with Levi’s.