The organising team of UK Black Pride 2014’s Pride in London’s Big Pride Picnic in the Park festival expresses its sincere gratitude to the entirety of our community who turned out to make this weekend’s celebrations such a powerful show of Love Without Borders.
The loud and proud message from our artists, entertainers, supporters, stall holders, sponsors, volunteers and event organisers was that love and solidarity can prevail, that dignity and justice is a human right for all, and that we must continue to press for LGBT equality at home and abroad.
Phyll Opoku-Gyimah, UK Black Pride Executive Director, noted the presence of more than 4,000 people at the event organised in conjunction with Pride in London’s Big Pride Picnic in the Park: “We’re thrilled that so many of our community rallied behind UK Black Pride and Pride in London over this weekend. Our headline sponsor, Stonewall, the trade unions; legal, Black and LGBT advocacy and support groups, have all provided vital support services to our community and for this we’re really proud.
“As well as celebrating our communities’ many achievements our event was about demanding the needs of Black LGBT people are recognised and acted on. Issues of unequal access to education, employment, health and welfare services, as well as the right to live without racism and homophobia, all of which came through during UK Black Pride’s demands for love without borders!”
Ruth Hunt, Acting Chief Executive of Stonewall, added a well-received and powerful message from the main stage:
“Stonewall is immensly proud to continue to support UK Black Pride as main sponsor for the fourth year running. While we’ve achieved so much together over the last decades there is still so much to do. That is why events like UK Black Pride are vital to show that we are a visible and vibrant community who will continue to fight for true equality here, at home, and around the world.”
Looking ahead to the summer, UK Black Pride aims to bring diverse communities together again to extend the demand for all people to be able to live without homophobia and racism, irrespective of where we live, work and study. As well as the music festival which took place in London Vauxhall’s Pleasure Gardens on Sunday 29 June, UK Black Pride has organised two other events as part of its summer of love themed activities.
The Black LGBT community cultural arts festival will take place in central London on 16 August whilst the Black LGBT film festival will take place in central Manchester on 18 October. Join us!
- For information about UK Black Pride visit: Web: www.ukblackpride.org.uk Facebook:https://www.facebook.com/UKBlackPride.org.uk Twitter: @ukblackpride
- For Pride Picnic in the Park visit: http://prideinlondon.org/whats-on/2014/pride-picnic-park/
- To learn more about Stonewall visit: www.stonewalll.org.uk
- To learn about UK Black Pride 2014’s sponsors visit: www.ukblackpride.org.uk