For Immediate Release
London, 26 June 2015
Top politicians honour ten years of UK Black Pride
UK Black Pride – Europe’s biggest community-led, not-for-profit association for African, Asian and Caribbean heritage lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans people – has been showered with good wishes from top politicians from across the political divide. Here are snippets of the MPs’ messages on the occasion of UK Black Pride’s tenth anniversary. Full statements are online:
Harriet Harman QC, interim Leader of the Labour Party and MP for Camberwell & Peckham, said:
“Pride celebrations take place across the country this week – they are great events that recognise our LGBT community. I’m pleased to support the Black Pride event which will this year celebrate its tenth anniversary of standing up for the Black LGBT community. I hope everyone has a fantastic time but behind the celebration is a serious point: the principle that no one should ever have to suffer discrimination because they are lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender. There is still far too much discrimination against our LGBT and BAME communities. We should never stop demanding equal rights or an end to discrimination in whatever form it takes. Labour has always fought for greater equality, not just as a matter of principle but to ensure that nobody has to suffer discrimination. I’m proud of the role Labour has played in furthering equality issues – outlawing Section 28, equalising the age of consent, introducing civil partnerships, enabling LGBT couples to adopt and increasing sentences for hate crimes and this is important across all our diverse communities. So let’s celebrate the progress that’s been made and let’s renew our efforts to challenge homophobia and transgender discrimination and work together until we have a full, fair and equal society.
Boris Johnson, Mayor of London and Conservative MP for Uxbridge and South Ruislip, said:
“Congratulations to UK Black Pride for ten years of ensuring that the variety of ethnicities, races and faiths that make up London’s LGBT communities are reflected in the capital’s Pride celebrations. Diversity is a key element in our city’s success, culturally as well as economically and I wish Black Pride all the best in 2015 and for future years.”
Diane Abbott, former Shadow Minister for Public Health and Labour MP for Hackney North & Stoke Newington, said:
“I’m proud and privileged to bring greetings to this year’s UK Black Pride. It is a fantastic beacon of the contribution and achievements of Black LGBT communities towards building a strong and sustainable Britain that values diversity. We have much that we can be proud of. The active participation of Black communities in all areas of public life, and the recent landmark of equal marriage, have all come off the back of struggles against racism, homophobia and transphobia that owe credit to movements of ordinary people standing up for equality. All communities must be valued, their struggles supported, and their contributions celebrated. I am proud to have supported UK Black Pride from the beginning and will remain an ally as it goes from strength to strength.”
Sadiq Khan, former Shadow Minister for London and Labour MP for Tooting, said:
“I want to wish UK Black Pride a happy 10th anniversary. This milestone shows how much the event has gone from strength to strength since its humble beginnings a decade ago. I wish you all the luck for the future, and hope that there’ll be many more opportunities to celebrate in the coming years.”
To attend the tenth UK Black Pride festival, which is an integral part London LGBT Community Pride’s Pride in the Park celebration on Sunday 28 June in London Vauxhall’s Pleasure Gardens, simply come along from 12 noon until 9pm. The FREE event will feature a main stage where UK Black Pride will blend live music, politics and poetry to deliver an entertaining, family-friendly, and inclusive festival of community pride. With a disco stage, comedians, sports activities, education and welfare stalls, alongside world food and drink (or bring your own picnic), it’s guaranteed that there’ll be something for all tastes at the event. Join us!
UK Black Pride maintains a strong identity as a grassroots movement. We believe the most effective way to secure the fight for LGBT equality and inclusion is by opposing all forms of bigotry and putting people and politics before profit. The Celebrating 10 Years of Ubuntu! (Including You!) theme signals our determination to stand for LGBT love and equality against all purveyors of division and hate wherever they are. Join us!
Notes for editors:
There are many ways to get involved in making UK Black Pride 2015 a success:
- For information about UK Black Pride visit: Web: www.ukblackpride.org.uk Facebook:
https://www.facebook.com/UKBlackPride.org.uk Twitter: @ukblackpride