Phyll Opoku-Gyimah

Trustee and Executive Director

As co-founder and Trustee of UK Black Pride in 2005 it is safe to say that Phyll is a leading light behind the award-winning celebration for Black LGBT communities to take pride in their ethnicity and sexuality.

With her background in the UK civil service, central government she has worked for  Department of Works & Pensions and Fraud Investigation Service, Phyll then joined the Public and Commercial Services (PCS) the largest civil service trade union as the only Black female Negotiator in the area of Law and Justice bargaining before being appointed PCS’ Head of Equality, Health and Safety. Phyll’s commitment to workplace equality and social justice led to her election onto the TUC LGBT Committee.

Phyll pride’s herself as an activist who is passionate about what she believes in and works diligently to make people aware of the cause, she has worked tirelessly to build UK Black Pride by bringing together LGBT activists, artists, volunteers and supporters from across the LGBT community. Her efforts were recognised with a nomination as ‘Woman of the Year’ at the Black LGBT Community Awards 2007, as a top-50 entrant in the Independent’s Pink List 2012, a top-100 entrant in the World Pride Power List 2012, a Prime Minister’s Big Society Award nomination in 2012, and invitation to judge the Stonewall Awards 2012.

Phyll has also led UK Black Pride to win Black LGBT Community Awards in 2006 and 2007, the Pink Paper Readers’ Award and the Stonewall Community Award in 2011.

Phyll is a strong, a working class family-orientated Ghanaian woman who understands the Twi and Fanti languages which connect her to a rich African cultural heritage that advocates for unity and equality. Phyll cites this quotation from Dr Maya Angelou as her maxim: prejudice is a burden that confuses the past, threatens the future and renders the present inaccessible.