Dear friends and family in our community
As 2015 draws to a close we want to take the opportunity to wish you all a Happy Christmas and a prosperous New Year.
Reflecting back on 2015 we also want to thank you all for what you do to support the fundamental human rights of African, Asian, Caribbean and Middle Eastern lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans people across Britain.
Over the last year, we have worked together to push LGBT rights up the political agenda, we have taken on the media and the establishment, and we have scored some amazing victories to extend the right of all people to live with equality, with justice and with dignity.
On top of all this we have continued to grow the grassroots led movement for Black LGBT human rights in Britain and beyond – we now have almost 10,000 supporters.
We know that together we are stronger and we look forward to campaigning with you to build our community and to support every member we can in 2016.
While we enjoy a well deserved break with family, friends and loved ones, the situation remains incredibly difficult for many in this country who have been affected by alienation from their families, or cutbacks in essential public, health and housing services which the Black LGBT community have a disproportionate need to rely on. The situation of LGBT human rights also remains dire in many parts of our diaspora as our right to exist is too often criminalised, let alone respected.
Despite these challenges we should be proud of all that we have achieved. Just as we should be thankful to the many people who have co-operated with UK Black Pride to safeguard and extend our communities’ rights – both the Black and LGBT activities themselves but also our allies at Stonewall, UNISON, UNITE the Union, PCS, GMB, the NUT, Prospect, the TUC, Colourful Pink, Naz Project, THT, UKLGIG, the LGBT faith groups, Lewis Silkin Solicitors among others.
So, during our tenth anniversary year, as we come together to celebrate how much we have done, let us remember that our faith in equality makes all things possible. Our hope for justice makes all things work. Our love for humanity makes all things beautiful. May you have all the three for this Christmas.
We hope that you all have a very happy Christmas and peaceful New Year. We look forward to working together for even more peace, justice and freedom in 2016.
With love and unity
From the UK Black Pride trustees:
Phyll, Pav, Bev and Lila
As well as our UKBP Team:
Skye, Rob, Amanda, Mickael, Gray, Rose, Elizabeth, Nixx and Chris
And from our many more volunteers and allies too.