• Labour Party leader, Government minister and Mayor of London applaud work done

Labour Party leader, Ed Miliband, said: “Together we’ve made great progress: bringing in civil partnerships, the Single Equality Act, ending the ban on LGBT people serving in the forces; increasing hate crime sentences; outlawing discrimination in goods/services. Despite this progress there’s more to do. The Labour Party champions equality because it’s the right thing to do. UK Black Pride is an opportunity to speak in one voice against racism, homophobia and hate crime.” See full text

Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Women & Equalities, Helen Grant, said: “I’m delighted to support UK Black Pride this year. It recognises the diversity of the LGBT community. This Government remains committed to advancing equality for LGBT people. No-one should face prejudice or discrimination because of their sexual orientation or gender identity, and events such as Pride give us a chance to come together to celebrate the progress being made in this country.” See full text

Mayor of London, Boris Johnson, said: “I’m delighted that UK Black Pride and the newly created London LGBT and Community Pride, have joined forces this year to develop an event that reflects the many identities, races and faiths that make up London’s LGBT communities. UK Black Pride should be proud of achieving a free and independent, award-winning event that goes from strength to strength each year. Have a fantastic Black Pride 2013”. See full text

UK Black Pride’s Director for Public Affairs, Pav Akhtar, said: “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.

“The support we receive here underlines UK Black Pride’s role in creating awareness of difficult and inspirational stories of Black LGBT people against damaging austerity policies and threats to our common values of non-discrimination in public, private and professional life. This free event is held in London because it is a great world city and its strength is its dynamism and diversity. We will continue working with our community of supporters, including Stonewall, to grow visibility of Black LGBT people and build progressive alliances that can set an example at home and abroad.”

The eighth annual UK Black Pride festival took place on Saturday 29 June in Golden Square London from 12 noon until 8:30pm. The event featured a main stage packed with live music acts in addition to comedians, cabaret, and drag, supported by top DJs in a dance area, with licensed bars, world food, prizes, community stalls, and children’s play area. Urban World Pride kept the party going with UK Black Pride’s official after-party at Club Colosseum, Vauxhall.

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