London Stock Exchange closed by a trans woman for the first time

Trans woman Bobbi Pickard after closing the London Stock Exchange on 15 November. (Trans in the City)

The London Stock Exchange was closed for the first time by a transgender person on Monday (November 15) to mark Transgender Awareness Week.

Bobbi Pickard, founder and CEO of Trans in the City, closed markets in the City of London before spearheading an event at law firm Clifford Chance, which celebrated trans and non-binary successes.

“This is a challenging time for transgender people in the UK,” Pickard said. “Transgender people exist. We are not going anywhere, we are contributing a wide range of perspectives, skills and experience. We deserve to be recognized and we will continue to push for these contributions to be celebrated.”

The London Stock Exchange is one of the oldest exchanges in the world, founded in 1801. Traditionally, a bell was rung to open the markets on the trading floor each morning and rung again to close the markets every afternoon.

Bobbi Pickard closes markets on the London Stock Exchange. (Trans in the City)

Since 2011, an installation at London Stock Exchange Group’s headquarters in Paternoster Square, near St Paul’s Cathedral, has revived this tradition, and now a market closing ceremony is taking place at the end of each day’s trading.

But despite its long history, Monday (November 15) was the first time an open trans person had closed the city’s markets for trading on the London Stock Exchange.

Pickard, who was the first trans woman at BP and co-chaired the BP Prides Transgender Group, founded Trans in the City in 2017 to advocate for transclusion in companies.

The organization has since grown into a global organization that encourages open collaboration between companies and companies for further inclusion of trans, non-binary and gender-non-compliant people in business by raising awareness.

After closing the London Stock Exchange, Pickard hosted a gala event celebrating trans success, with sponsors including Virgin Media O2, Deutsche Bank and Clifford Chance. The event also heralded the relaunch and expansion of Trans in the City after a brief hiatus.

Pickard said: “As an organization, Trans in the City will move up and speak even louder on behalf of the community.

“We will continue to advocate for transclusion and continue to help employers and companies do more to support society.”

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Representatives from Trans in the City on the London Stock Exchange on 15 November. (Trans in the City)

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