UK Black Pride and London LGBT+ Community Pride announce partnership

Besi Besemar March 27, 2013

Black Pride

UK Black Pride – Europe’s largest community-led, not-for-profit support group for African, Asian and Caribbean lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people – and London LGBT+ Community Pride are joining forces for Pride in London on Saturday, June 29 2013.

The partnership will see London LGBT+ Community Pride givepractical support to UK Black Pride for Pride in London 2013. It also marks a ‘coming home’ for award-winning UK Black Pride which has not participated in recent London Pride activities because of concerns about the structural exclusion of the capital’s diverse LGBT communities.

During its time away, UK Black Pride has successfully built its own distinctive identity as a grassroots-led movement of race, faith and LGBT groups and trade union community allies. It has shown that putting people and politics at the heart of celebrating pride is the most effective way to pursue the fight for equality, inclusion and steadfast opposition to all forms of bigotry in every section of society.

Phyll Opoku-Gyimah, UK Black Pride’s founder and Executive Director, said:

“We’re excited to bring UK Black Pride home to the heart of the LGBT community as part of Pride in London. We’re determined to reach new sections of the community, without losing our identity as a national group that works for the capital’s Black LGBT people. We’ll bring our own brand of entertainment and education to promote love without borders and ensure this year’s London Pride is one the entire community can feel part of. UK Black Pride’s summer of love line up will include exciting activities and entertainment so make sure you come out to support the community’s Pride in London in 2013.”

Michael Salter, Chair of London LGBT+ Community Pride, said:

“As the new organisers of Pride in London we are delighted that UK Black Pride will be part of Pride in London in 2013. There could be no better demonstration of our commitment to ensuring that Pride in this great, diverse city is inclusive and welcoming of the entire LGBT+ community.” 

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