Press Release

For Immediate Release
London, 3 July 2018

Award-winning UK Black Pride – Europe’s largest not-for-profit event for African, Arab, Asian and Caribbean-heritage LGBT+ people – is proud to announce the sponsors whose support guarantees UK Black Pride will continue serving the community as a free event.

Having fought for the rights of LGBT people for more than 25 years, and advocated for the inclusion of Black LGBT people across the movement, Stonewall extends its support as headline sponsor of UK Black Pride for the eighth year running. Additionally, Stonewall has
provided the health and safety training to all volunteers and is funding the participation of up to 75 young BAME LGBT people and allies from across Britain to this year’s UK Black Pride festival. Stonewall has stood with LGBT people and allies to achieve equality and legislative change. It has created spaces and support networks for Black, women and young LGBT people at home, and given solidarity to LGBT people abroad, distinguishing itself as an effective and inclusive voice for LGBT people in Britain.

DIVA, the UK’s leading lesbian and bisexual women’s magazine, has agreed to continue its headline sponsorship of UK Black Pride festival for the second year in a row. Ever since the magazine was launched in 1994 it has offered fresh and diverse content for lesbian and bisexual women through quality journalism and community involvement. With 24 years of successful publishing, DIVA’s determination to tackle tough topics, like racism in the LGBT+ community, mental health, and challenges facing queer youth, on top of its profiling of inspirational women who empower lesbian, bisexual and trans women, makes it a natural ally of UK Black Pride and its 2018 theme: Shades of the Diaspora.

The full list of UK Black Pride 2018 sponsors are:

Headline: Stonewall, DIVA

Platinum: Greater London Authority (GLA), Lloyds Bank

Gold: BNP PARIBAS, Ernst & Young (EY)

Silver: Unite the Union,

Bronze: Trade Union Congress (TUC); Public & Commercial Services Union (PCS); UNISON; Teachers’ Union (NASUWT); National Education Union (NEU); Rail, Maritime & Transport Workers’ Union (RMT)

Media partners: GayTimes, GayStarNews, Proximity

Community partners: Amnesty International, Imaan (the Muslim LGBT+ Support group)

Ruth Hunt, Stonewall Chief Executive, said: “UK Black Pride is one of the key events in the LGBT calendar, and we are proud to be a part of it again in 2018. Creating a space for BAME LGBT people to come together to both celebrate and look ahead at what still needs to be done is absolutely vital. We are excited to be helping scores of young people from around the UK come to their first UK Black Pride this year, for what we know will be a life-changing experience for them. And it’s never been more needed: Stonewall’s research shows half of all BAME LGBT people have faced discrimination from within our own community. That can’t be swept under the carpet. It’s something we all need to stand up and take action to change. Stonewall is proud to stand in solidarity with UK Black Pride on 8 July for this national celebration of our diverse community.”

Linda Riley, Director of DIVA publisher Twin Media Group, said: “I am extremely proud that, once again, DIVA is a headline sponsor of UK Black Pride. DIVA has always striven to reflect the diversity of our whole community. Inclusion for all is at the heart of everything we do, and I wish everyone taking part in this amazing event a wonderful day of love and friendship.”

Phyll Opoku-Gyimah, UK Black Pride Executive Director, said: “Every year our talented team of volunteers, from across the Black community we represent, put on an annual festival to celebrate African, Arab, Asian and Caribbean-heritage LGBT+ people. When we come together in London’s Vauxhall Pleasure Gardens, on Sunday 8 July, we do so in the face of rising racism, xenophobia, transphobia and sexism. In the knowledge that UK Black Pride will remain at the forefront of fighting for our community and building up our grassroots movement so that we can work together and win together.

“This year’s theme, Shades of the Diaspora, acknowledges the layered and intersecting lived experience of Black LGBT+ people in Britain and beyond. As we demand safety and equality for all, we’re proud to have continued support of Stonewall, Diva, the trade unions and – crucially – Black LGBT+ people, to deliver a free, community-led festival against racism and homophobia.”

To attend the UK Black Pride festival on Sunday 8 July, in London’s Vauxhall Pleasure Gardens, just come along between 12 noon and 8pm. The free event will feature several stages and tents 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 (or bring your own picnic) we guarantee something for all tastes. Join us!

UK Black Pride maintains a strong identity as a grassroots-led movement. We believe the most effective way to secure LGBT+ equality and inclusion is by opposing all forms of bigotry and putting people before profit. Our 2018 theme, Shades of the Diaspora, underlines our determination to organise, represent and celebrate all Black LGBT+ people, no matter from which diaspora they descend.

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 For information on UK Black Pride visit:

UK Black Pride Sponsors

Headline Sponsors

Platinum Sponsors

Gold Sponsors

Silver Sponsors

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Media Sponsor & Partners

Community Partners