- UK Black Pride hosts FREE screening of Channel 4’s Unreported World, 13 June 2014
- UK Black Pride supports petition to press Jamaican PM to safeguard LGBT rights
UK Black Pride – Europe’s largest not-for-profit organisation for African, Asian and Caribbean-heritage lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans people – is proud to join UK Lesbian Gay Immigration Group (UKLGIG) in solidarity with Jamaican LGBT people fighting for their dignity and justice.
UK Black Pride and UKLGIG will host a screening of Channel 4’s documentary ‘Unreported World: Jamaica’s Underground Gays’ on Friday 13 June in London. The documentary sees Team GB Paralympian, Ade Adepitan, interviews Sachaberry and Krissy who movingly expose, in sometimes disturbingly graphic detail, the systemic extent of violence and homophobia against LGB and T people in Kingston, Jamaica, as they try to live their lives.
Whilst homosexuality is not illegal on the Caribbean island, Jamaica’s anti-sodomy laws prohibit acts of gross indecency (interpreted as any physical intimacy between men in public or private). Such acts are punishable by 10 years of hard labour in prison. This law and hardened social and cultural attitudes mean that violence against the LGBT community is rife.
The UK Black Pride and UKLGIG screening will be followed by a panel discussion and fundraising reception with lesbian and gay rights activists and legal professionals, including: Wayne Simmonds; PJ Samuels; Vernal Scott, Ana Gonzalez and Phyll Opoku-Gyimah.
UK Black Pride invites those who have been affected by the issues raised in this documentary, those who want to learn more about the situation in Jamaica, and those who want to show solidarity with Jamaica’s LGBT community, to join us at this film screening, panel debate and reception.
Register for your FREE ticket at: http://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/unreported-world-reception-and-screening-dignity-for-all-jamaican-lgbt-tickets-11846897389
UK Black Pride is also calling on supporters to sign a petition that calls on Portia Simpson Miller, the Prime Minister of Jamaica, to provide safe and clean accommodation for LGB and T youth who are escaping persecution in Jamaica. Sign here: http://chn.ge/1j5O46U
UK Black Pride has a strong identity as a grassroots movement that believes the most effective way to secure LGBT equality and inclusion, while opposing all forms of bigotry, is to put people and politics before profit. The theme for UK Black Pride 2014 is Local and Global: Love Without Borders as a signal of resistance against those seeking to curb LGBT rights. Join us!
Phyll Opoku-Gyimah, UK Black Pride’s founder and Executive Director, said:
“UK Black Pride’s message of love without borders resonates with our community of Black LGBT people whose families hail from all corners of the world. We must put every social and political pressure that we can muster to demand dignity and respect for our Jamaican sisters and brothers so come out and join us!”
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