Press Release

For Immediate Release
London, 21 March 2018

New UK Black Pride Team Sets Standard for Inclusivity

  • Award-winning UK Black Pride – Europe’s largest not-for-profit event for African, Arab, Asian, and Caribbean-heritage LGBT+ people – is thrilled to announce an expanded team of volunteer leaders. The new recruits bolster UK Black Pride’s credentials as the most diverse and inclusive community-led Pride event in Britain.Announcing the new appointments, Phyll Opoku-Gyimah, Executive Director of UK Black Pride, said: “Our community has always been full of incredible talent yearning to make its contribution to advance an agenda of equality and inclusion across Black LGBT+ communities at home and abroad. “After a rigorous recruitment process, I’m thrilled to welcome our new and extended team of volunteers who are connected to every section of the Black LGBT+ community that UK Black Pride strives to serve.  “Where UK Black Pride’s team of eight volunteer organisers helped to bring over 8,000 visitors to UK Black Pride in 2017, our expectation is that with 24 volunteers across a broader portfolio – representing the rise and reach of UK Black Pride’s contribution to Black LGBT+ communities in Britain – our new and returning team members will deliver the next phase of UK Black Pride’s strategy to see Black LGBT+ people included and celebrated as well as our communities’ diverse needs heard and met.”New Board of Director members are: Pari Dhillon and Evelyn Asante-Mensah (Joint Governance), and Alexia Lenoir (Operations). They join existing directors Pav Akhtar (Strategy, and Deputy), Lyla Row (Finance) and Moud Goba (Community Engagement).New team members are: human rights barrister S Chelvan (International Rights Officer); Cocoa Butter Club founder Mwice-Margaret Kavindele (Production & Entertainment Manager); anti-racist activist Chardine Taylor-Stone (Inclusion & Education Officer); Tanya Compas (Youth Engagement Officer); Quinn Roache (Trade Union Relations Officer); Josh Rivers (Head of Communications); Intersex rights activist Anick Soni (Communications Officer); Carve Productions founder Aaron Carty (Head of Social Media and Engagement); Char Bailey and Daron Halliday (Social Media Officers); Nicki Dawes (Media Officer); as well as Aisha Shaibu and Mahoo Lyimo (Volunteer Manager and Events Coordinator); lastly co-founder of Gaysian UK Reeta Loi (Community Engagement Officer) . They will join existing team members Monique Logan (Executive Officer); Gray Akotey (Head of Brand & Identity); Kayza Rose (External Events Coordinator); Amanda Brown (Production & Entertainment Assistant), and Yusef Gojikian (Sign Language Interpreter).Details of UK Black Pride’s summer festival, which is held in central London, are being finalised and will be announced very soon. The free event will be certain to feature a main stage from where UK Black Pride will blend live music, politics, and poetry in an inclusive and entertaining, family-friendly festival of community pride. With comedians; sports activities; education and welfare stalls, as well as world food and drink we expect to guarantee something for all tastes. If you’re interested in volunteering, please email volunteer@ukblackpride.org.uk.

    UK Black Pride maintains a strong identity as a grassroots-led movement. We believe that the most effective way to secure LGBT+ equality and inclusion is by opposing all forms of bigotry and putting people before profit.

    Notes for editors:

    There are many ways to get involved in making UK Black Pride 2018 a success:

    For UK Black Pride media enquiries email: josh@ukblackpride.org.uk

    For UK Black Pride sponsorship and partnership enquiries email: phyll@ukblackpride.org.uk

    For food or information stall bookings in the community area email: info@ukblackpride.org.uk

    For information about volunteering at UK Black Pride email: volunteers@ukblackpride.org.uk

    For information about performing at UK Black Pride email: mwice@ukblackpride.org.uk

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