- UK Black Pride main event to take place in Golden Square, London, Saturday 29 June
- Stonewall will be headline sponsor of UK Black Pride 2013
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 – is proud to announce its official list of sponsors who have helped to make the eighth annual event a free festival for all.
Leading the way for the fourth year running is Stonewall, which has spent more than 20 years fighting for the rights of all lesbian, gay and bisexual people. From helping to win equalisation of the age of consent, to repealing Section 28, to securing equal access to fertility treatment and guiding marriage equality legislation through Parliament to supporting lesbian, gay and bisexual people internationally, Stonewall has a proud record of engaging and winning for full equality.
The full list of sponsors are:
- Platinum: Stonewall
- Silver: Public and Commercial Services (PCS) union, Unison, Unite the Union, Lewis Silkin Solicitors, and London Community LGBT+ Pride
- Bronze: Colourfulpink, University of the West of England, the GMB and Prospect unions, the Trades Union Congress (TUC), and London Friend counselling service
Ruth Hunt, Stonewall Deputy Chief Executive, said: “Stonewall is proud to continue support of UK Black Pride as its main sponsor for the fourth year running. Over the years, our co-operation has shown that we can effectively engage with and ensure the needs of Black or minority ethnic LGB people penetrate the mainstream of public policy debate. Britain is justifiably seen as a global beacon for equality, which is why events like UK Black Pride – which celebrate diversity and showcase role models for young people – remain so important.”
Frances O’Grady, TUC General Secretary, said: “The TUC, representing six million trade unionists, has championed equality for LGBT people and played a big part in all the reforms won over recent decades. We’ve supported UK Black Pride from the beginning because we understand how vital it is that the voices of all sections of a very diverse community are listened to. The struggle for full LGBT equality is far from over even in Britain, while it has hardly begun in many parts of the world. Together, we will continue to work to achieve it.”
Phyllis Opoku-Gyimah, UK Black Pride Executive Director, said: “We’re thrilled that our community has once again gotten behind UK Black Pride. Stonewall, the unions, our legal sponsors and the smaller advocacy groups all provide vital technical and financial help. Their gift will ensure that we put on a strong and – for the first time – a free pride event that focuses on the needs of Black LGB and T people, as well as celebrate our communities’ many achievements. UK Black Pride remains an inclusive event for all; we welcome everyone to love without borders!”
To attend the eighth annual UK Black Pride festival, which takes place on Saturday 29 June in Golden Square London from 12 noon until 8:30pm, please register online for your FREE ticket. The event will feature 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, children’s play area and more. Urban World Pride will keep entertainment going by hosting the official after-party at Club Colosseum, Vauxhall.
UK Black Pride is proud to be a grass-roots-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.