Stonewall sponsorship secures free UK Black Pride for all

Press Release

For Immediate Release

London, 20 June 2015

  • Stonewall is named headline sponsor for tenth annual UK Black Pride festival
  • UK Black Pride, in partnership with London LGBT Community Pride, will host a FREE

Pride in the Park event on Sunday 28 June in London Vauxhall’s Pleasure Gardens

UK Black Pride – Europe’s biggest community-led, not-for-profit association for African, Asian and Caribbean heritage lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans people – is proud to announce the names of official sponsors who’ve ensured the tenth annual event will be a free event.

Having fought for the rights of lesbian, gay and bisexual people for over 25 years, Stonewall sustains this tradition by signing up as UK Black Pride’s headline sponsor for the fifth consecutive year. From helping to secure an equal age of consent to repealing Section 28, and from securing equal access to fertility treatment to guiding marriage equality laws through Parliament, Stonewall has stood side by side with lesbian, gay and bisexual people and their allies to achieve equality and legislative change. Earlier this year it also proudly announced it would campaign alongside trans communities to ensure that everyone, everywhere is free to be themselves. By creating spaces and supporting networks for Black, women and young LGBT at home, while giving solidarity to LGBT people abroad, Stonewall has distinguished itself as a most effective and inclusive voice for the full spectrum of LGBT people in Britain.

The full list of UK Black Pride 2015 sponsors are:

  • Platinum: Stonewall
  • Gold: Lewis Silkin LLP Solicitors and Pride in London
  • Silver: UNISON the public services’ union; the Public and Commercial Services (PCS) union, and Unite the Union
  • Bronze: the Trade Union Congress (TUC); London Friend counselling service; UK Lesbian and Gay Immigration Group; ColourfulPink and KitschMix Media

Ruth Hunt, Chief Executive of Stonewall, said:

“Stonewall is immensely proud to continue to support UK Black Pride in its tenth anniversary year. We’re committed to work with partners and communities to help create real change for LGBT people here and abroad. So much has been achieved so far, but we still have a lot to do until everyone is accepted without exception. Events like UK Black Pride are vital to celebrate our diverse community, including all the amazing individuals who will continue to work together until true equality is realised for everyone.”

Frances O’Grady, TUC General Secretary, said:

“The TUC and its affiliated trade unions have long championed equality for LGBT people and have played a major part in every reform won over recent decades. We have also supported UK Black Pride from the very beginning because we understand how crucial it is that the voice of every sections of the community is heard. The struggle for full LGBT equality is still a long way 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.”

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Phyllis Opoku-Gyimah, UK Black Pride Executive Director, said:

“For ten long years the Black LGBT community has struggled to create an inclusive space within the mainstream for African, Asian and Caribbean heritage LGBT people to be able to celebrate Pride in who we are without being marginalised or maligned. Ten years down the line, we’re honoured that so many of our community continue to stand with UK Black Pride in common cause. The support of Stonewall, the trade unions, our legal sponsors, as well as Black and LGBT advocacy and support groups has all helped to deliver vital services to our community in education, society and at work. Our combined efforts also mean that the Black LGBT community is now bolder and prouder in setting out the needs of Black LGBT people as we are better served and better able to celebrate our communities’ many achievements. UK Black Pride remains an inclusive event so we invite you all to join us in celebrating 10 years of Ubuntu! (Including you).”

To attend the tenth UK Black Pride festival, which is an integral part London LGBT Community Pride’s Pride in the Park celebration on Sunday 28 June in London Vauxhall’s Pleasure Gardens, simply come along from 12 noon until 9pm. The FREE event will feature a main stage where UK Black Pride will blend live music, politics and poetry to deliver an entertaining, family-friendly, and inclusive festival of community pride. With a disco stage, comedians, sports activities, education and welfare stalls, alongside world food and drink (or bring your own picnic), it’s guaranteed that there’ll be something for all tastes at the event. Join us!

UK Black Pride maintains a strong identity as a grassroots movement. We believe the most effective way to secure the fight for LGBT equality and inclusion is by opposing all forms of bigotry and putting people and politics before profit. The Celebrating 10 Years of Ubuntu! (Including You!) theme signals our determination to stand for LGBT love and equality against all purveyors of division and hate wherever they are. Join us!

 

Get involved:

 

There are many ways to get involved in making UK Black Pride 2015 a success:

  1. For UK Black Pride media and sponsorship enquiries email: pav@ukblackpride.org.uk
  2. For food or information stall bookings in the community area email: info@ukblackpride.org.uk
  3. For performance opportunities at UK Black Pride email: phyll@ukblackpride.org.uk
  4. For information about UK Black Pride visit: Web: www.ukblackpride.org.uk Facebook:

   https://www.facebook.com/UKBlackPride.org.uk Twitter: @ukblackpride

  1. For London LGBT Community Pride visit: http://prideinlondon.org/vauxhall/
  2. To learn more about Stonewall visit: www.stonewalll.org.uk
  3. To learn about UK Black Pride 2015’s sponsors visit: www.ukblackpride.org.uk

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