For Immediate Release
London, 26 June 2015
Community leaders laud 10 years of UK Black Pride public service
Leaders of trade unions, community and voluntary groups across Britain have praised UK Black Pride – Europe’s largest community-led, not-for-profit association for African, Asian and Caribbean heritage lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans people – on its tenth anniversary.
Leslie Manasseh, President of the Trades Union Congress (TUC), said:
“UK Black Pride helps make the lives of Black LGBT people better – and it’s a great example of how self-organisation can bring progressive values to life. I’m delighted to be able to support your work and hope you go from strength to strength.”
Dave Prentis, General Secretary of UNISON, said:
“I’m delighted that UNISON is supporting UK Black Pride in this its 10th anniversary year. We have been proud to support Black Pride since it began: it is a fitting and important celebration of the UK’s diverse Black LGBT communities. We have fought for and won remarkable advances in LGBT rights over the past decades. Going forward, we will work with you to end the continuing discrimination at work and in society. But for today – we celebrate.”
Mark Serwotka, General Secretary of Public and Commercial Services Union (PCS), said:
“PCS sends its greetings for yet another brilliant and successful UK Black Pride in 2015, its tenth anniversary. PCS is proud to continue our support of the grassroots and community-based diversity winners, UK Black Pride, and to celebrate with you all the valuable achievements made by Black LGBT people. Together, we will continue to challenge and eliminate racism, homophobia, biphobia and transphobia to achieve full equality in our workplaces, communities and beyond.”
Ruth Hunt, Chief Executive of Stonewall UK, said:
“We are extremely proud to sponsor UK Black Pride for the fifth year. This event is so important in celebrating our diverse community and we’re committed to working with partners and communities to help create real change for LGBT people here and abroad. We have all achieved so much together but there is still more for us to do until everyone is accepted without exception. Congratulations to UK Black Pride for ten amazing years, and we look forward to continuing our work together to ensure we achieve true equality for everyone.”
Monty Moncrieff, Chief Executive of London Friend charity, said:
“I’m thrilled to be able to wish UK Black Pride a ‘Happy 10th Anniversary’. It’s been great to work and party with you over the years celebrating the full diversity and visibility of the UK’s Black LGBT communities. We, at London Friend, wish you a very happy, successful and fun UK Black Pride 2015 and look forward to celebrating the next 10 years with you.”
Naomi Bennett-Hall, co-Founder of Planet London, said:
“We are really looking forward to UK Black Pride this year after last year’s brilliant event. UK Black Pride not only gives a nice alternative to the concrete based Pride event in London on the Saturday, but that is also truly as diverse and inclusive as the community in which we live and a safe space where alcohol is not the focus. It is a shining example that we can all come together in an environment that is welcoming and supportive and celebrating of different families, cultures, race and faiths.”
Godwyns Onwuchekwa, co-Founder of Justice for Gay Africans (JfGA), said:
“We’re happy to be associated with UK Black Pride which works hard to promote and support the presence and visibility of LGBTI Black people within broader communities. In this season of Pride, we send solidarity and support to UK Black Pride and hope that all LGBTI Black people in the UK and across the world are able to celebrate however and wherever they are. Our thoughts, however, remain firmly focused on our kith and kin, family and friends, in countries where LGBTI populations are persecuted on the basis of sexuality or gender identity. For them, and with them, we shall, together with UK Black Pride and all our friends and supporters, keep fighting for a safe and supportive world, free of queer antagonism and racism until every one of us lives peacefully without fear.”
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