Phyll  Opoku-Gyimah, Executive Director of UK Black Pride – Europe’s largest community-led, not-for-profit support group for African, Asian and Caribbean lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans people – narrowly missed out on the top gong in the Diversity Champion of the Year category at the prestigious g3 and Out in the City awards at London’s Landmark Hotel on Friday 26 April.

Phyll was shortlisted among an extremely strong category that featured five outstanding women, including the Football Association’s England women’s coach, Hope Powell, the international human rights lawyer, Anne-Marie Hutchinson, and the eventual winner, the London 2012 Para-Olympian, Claire Harvey, who captained Team GB in women’s volleyball.

Over the last eight years, UK Black Pride has built a successful identity as a grassroots-led movement of race, faith and LGBT groups and trade union community allies. It has put people and politics at the heart of celebrating pride in our LGBT community’s progress as the most effective way to fight for equality, inclusion and steadfast opposition to all forms of bigotry.

Speaking after the awards, which were hosted by Coronation Street’s Charlie Condou and the actress Sophie Ward, UK Black Pride’s Phyll Opoku-Gyimah, said: “It’s such an honour to have even nominated among these inspiring women who do so much to promote positive role models for out lesbian, bisexual and trans women in the workplace and society.

“This g3 and Out readers’ award nomination is an amazing tribute to the hard work of UK Black Pride’s volunteers who work every day in the heart of the LGBT community. We will continue reaching out to whole new sections of the community using our brand of entertainment and education. Watch of for our for our free-entry but ticketed love without borders event in Golden Square at this year’s London Pride on 29 June, and our wider summer of love activities.”

Andi Keeling from the award sponsors, Royal Bank of Scotland, said: “RBS is delighted to sponsor these awards because we understand the importance of inclusion and value difference. We recognise how diversity benefits our employees, customers and communities. Through our sponsorship, we’re trying to create change for the future. It’s not just about celebrating winners now, but about creating a cultural shift for the future and a legacy for the next generation.”

Notes for editors:

1. The full shortlist and winners can be found at: www.outg3awards.co.uk

2. For UK Black Pride media enquiries please email: bisi@ukblackpride.org.uk

3. For information on UK Black Pride and the events it will run throughout the summer visit: Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/UKBlackPride.org.uk

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