- UK Black Pride’s main event to be held in Golden Square, London on Sat 29 June
- Christian, Muslim, Sikh and Rastafarian reps among others to lead inter-faith prayer
UK Black Pride – Europe’s biggest community-led, not-for-profit support group for African, Arab, Asian and Caribbean lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans people – will break new ground at Pride this year as it brings together representatives from across Christianity, Buddhism, Islam, Sikhism, Rastafarianism and Spiritualists, to lead prayers and readings for pride and peace.
UK Black Pride has always stood for the inclusion of LGBT people of all faiths and none who exist within the LGBT community. Recently, UK Black Pride set out an important milestone in protecting the right of LGBT people to believe as panelists on the BBC Radio 4 programme ‘Beyond Belief’. Having faith and belief speakers address the UK Black Pride festival revelers will be important to send a clear message that belief is a matter of personal conviction, and equality is a matter of collective principles to bind us together across faith and belief systems.
UK Black Pride’s Executive Director, Phyll Opoku-Gyimah, said: “As a Christian I stand for the Biblical verse that ‘there is no fear in love’ (I John 4:18). I also stand firmly in opposition to people abusing religion to justify hate, refusal and violence against LGBT people. This year, our message will be clear: it’s time to preach love without borders and judgements.”
To take part in the inter-faith prayer, simply register online for a FREE ticket to attend the eighth UK Black Pride festival which takes place on Saturday 29 June in Golden Square, situated in the heart of London’s Soho. From 12 noon until 8:30pm the free-entry but ticketed UK Black Pride event will boast a main stage packed with live acts, supported by top DJs in a dance area, with licensed bars, world food, community stalls, children’s play area, prizes and more. World Urban Pride will then host UK Black Pride’s official after-party from 9pm until late. UK Black Pride’s 2013 summer of love activities run from May to August.
UK Black Pride is proud to be a grassroots-led movement of race, faith and LGBT groups and trade union community allies. It shows that putting people and politics at the heart of marking pride in our LGBT community’s progress 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.