Stonewall support guarantees free UK Black Pride for all

Press Release

For Immediate Release
London 8 June 2016

  • Stonewall is named headline sponsor for the annual UK Black Pride festival
  • UK Black Pride will be held on Sunday 26 June at Vauxhall Pleasure Gardens, London

Award-winning UK Black Pride – Europe’s largest not-for-profit event for African, Asian, Arab and Caribbean-heritage lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans people –is proud to announce its line up of sponsors whose support is helping to ensure that the 2016 event is free for all.

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Having fought for the rights of LGB people for more than 25 years Stonewall has signed up as UK Black Pride’s headline sponsor for the sixth year running. 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 with LGB people and allies to achieve equality and legislative change. Stonewall’s 2015 announcement that it will campaign alongside trans communities to ensure that everyone, everywhere, is free to be themselves complements the UK Black Pride theme: Transforming Our Communities. By creating spaces and supporting networks for Black, women and young LGBT at home, and giving solidarity to LGBT people abroad, Stonewall has distinguished itself as an effective and inclusive voice for the full spectrum of LGBT people in Britain.

The full list of UK Black Pride 2016 sponsors are:

  • Platinum: Stonewall
  • Gold: Public & Commercial Services (PCS) union, UNISON the public services’ union and Pride in London
  • Silver: Rope & Gray LLP
  • Bronze: Trade Union Congress (TUC); GMB Union (Shout!); House of Rainbow, ColourfulPink and Bootylicious

 

Ruth Hunt, Stonewall Chief Executive, said:

Stonewall is immensely proud to support UK Black Pride as headline sponsor for the sixth consecutive year, and we’re delighted to stand by the side of such an important community celebration, now in its eleventh year. Events like UK Black Pride are vital to celebrate inclusion and showcase the wonderful diversity within the LGBT community. They also allow us to reflect on the work that’s left to challenge the specific and often dual discrimination faced by so many LGBT people, be that because of race or other parts of their identity. Stonewall will continue to work by the side of UK Black Pride, and those who represent every corner of our community, until all lesbian, gay, bi and trans people everywhere are accepted without exception.

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 section of the community is heard. The struggle for full LGBT equality is still a long way from over, even in Britain. Internationally, activists are speaking out in a climate where homophobia and transphobia is rife and could be a matter of life and death. Together, we will continue to work to achieve equality for all our LGBT brothers and sisters.

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

For 11 years African, Arab, Asian and Caribbean heritage LGBT communities have worked hard to build inclusive spaces in mainstream British celebrations of Pride. We have always wanted to express our diversity on our own terms and we’re honoured that our community continues to stand in common cause with UK Black Pride’s ambitions. We are also proud of the support that groups like Stonewall, the trade unions, and others in the Black and LGBT community give to help us deliver vital services to our community at work and in society. These efforts have held up Black LGBT communities in the face of severe socio-economic barriers that have afflicted many of us very harshly. Whilst UK Black Pride will continue to press for the needs of Black LGBT people to be met, on 26 June we invite everyone to join us to celebrate 11 years of our collective achievements.

To attend the eleventh UK Black Pride festival, in alliance with Pride in London celebrations, on Sunday 26 June in London’s Vauxhall Pleasure Gardens, just come along between 12pm and 9pm. The FREE event will 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 (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 the fight for LGBT equality and inclusion is by opposing all forms of bigotry and putting people before profit. The Transforming Our Community theme signals our determination to stand for LGBT love and equality against all purveyors of hate. Join us!

Notes for editors:

There are many ways to get involved in making UK Black Pride 2016 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 information about UK Black Pride visit:
  1. For details about Pride in the Park visit: Pride in London

 

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