Time to Move On: A UK Black Pride Conversation With Our Community
After 13 years of extraordinary success, delivering back-to-back national events that combine live music and entertainment with an uncompromising focus on the socio-political and welfare needs of Black LGBT people, the team behind award-winning UK Black Pride have decided it is time to move on.
The decision to move on should not be mistaken as a signal to walk away from defending Black LGBT peoples’ rights. It is nothing of the sort.
What time to move on means is that after 13 years of building pride in African, Asian, Caribbean and Arab LGBT peoples’ lives, and combatting the scourge of rising racism, homophobia and the hate crimes afflicting our communities, it is time to move on beyond the comfort zone of a safe celebration of Black LGBT Pride and take our work to those places where our community needs us to be.
This survey is the start of a conversation with our bold and courageous Black LGBT community. It is an opportunity for you to have a say in what you want UK Black Pride to be; to add some shape to where you believe UK Black Pride needs to grow, and set out how you can support UK Black Pride to get to where you want it to be.
It is time to move on to new goals. To lead our community of racial and social justice activists to ensure that no-ne is left behind. It is time to move on to new heights. To compel those campaigners for LGBT equality and human rights to help extend our reach and impact. It is time to move on so that UK Black Pride can be the powerful and effective go-to place to amplify the voices in our Black LGBT communities.
It is time to move on from the hand to mouth existence that restricts us. It is time to move on from the reactive handwringing about events around us. It is time to move on our community to create the safe spaces for it to talk, and for us to listen, to what needs doing. Whether it is continuing to debunk hackneyed stereotypes of Black LGBT people that have been fodder for mainstream and LGBT group activities for decades. Whether it is tackling high levels of discrimination, abuse, and mental health issues young LGBT people face. Whether it is supporting Black LGBT parents to secure equal parenting rights. This confidential survey is a chance for you to tell us what matters and for you to be heard.
The findings will be reviewed and those ideas that show greatest potential to improve the lives of Black LGBT people – whether we are involved in the day to day lives of those Black LGBT people as parents or carers; as teachers or nurses; as employers or friends – will then be built into UK Black Pride’s Time to Move On strategy for action to achieve a safer, more inclusive society for all Black LGBT people.
In Pride and Unity
Executive Director of UK Black Pride