The Time’s Up rally showed you can be both a trans ally and a feminist | Amelia Abraham

In the face of horrible transphobia, it’s high time that trans women are included in the fight for gender equalityIn sleet and rain, opposite 10 Downing Street on Sunday, I stood in a crowd cheering Britain’s most revered feminists as they took the stage one by one. There was Helen Pankhurst, activist and granddaughter of Emmeline, who spoke about how far we’ve come in 100 years since women’s partial suffrage, Phyll Opoku-Gyimah, the lesbian founder of UK Black Pride, and Stella Creasy, the MP for Walthamstow.

One of the biggest cheers however, was reserved for Paris Lees, transgender journalist and campaigner. “I’m here for the same reason a lot of you are here: because we need each other,” said Lees. “Every woman counts. Every woman deserves to be safe. Every woman deserves to live her life without limit. And we leave no one behind.”

We need to include trans women in our gendered spaces and at protests, because they are at high risk of violence

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