- IDAHO celebrated annually on 17 May
- UK Black Pride’s main event to be held in Golden Square, London, Saturday 29 June
UK Black Pride – Europe’s largest community-led, not-for-profit support group for African, Arab, Asian and Caribbean lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans people – welcomes the thousands of events taking place in more than 100 countries, including those were equality and human rights are not protected.
On 17 May 1990 the World Health Organisation finally took homosexuality off the International Classification of Diseases. It led to an international movement to commemorate the date every year as International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia. Many LGBT and human rights groups now mark the day with special events and awareness raising campaigns.
UK Black Pride’s Exectuive Director, Phyll Opoku-Gyimah, said: “The significance of IDAHO is not lost on those individuals and communities who UK Black Pride supports day in day out. The fact is that 1.5 billion people around the world continue to live in countries that criminalise same sex relations and love. Since it is widely accepted that people who have same sex attraction represent three per cent of the population, this equates to about 46 million people worldwide who are de facto outlawed and unable to live their lives as they wish,
“At UK Black Pride we believe that everyone should be free to love without borders, and no religious, cultural, clinical or legal reasoning can justify denying this fundamental human right.”
The eighth UK Black Pride festival takes place on Saturday 29 June in London’s Golden Square which is situated in the heart of Soho. From 12 noon till 8:30pm the free-entry but ticketed UK Black Pride event will boast a main stage packed full of live acts, supported by top DJs, a dance area, licensed bars, world food, community stalls, prizes and much more. UK Black Pride’s 2013 summer of love without border activities run from May to August.
UK Black Pride is proud to be a grassroots-led movement of race, faith and LGBT groups and trade union community allies. It shows that putting people and politics at the heart of marking pride in our LGBT community’s progress is the most effective way to pursue the fight for equality, inclusion and steadfast opposition to all forms of bigotry in every section of society.
There are many ways to get involved in making UK Black Pride 2013 a success:
- Get your FREE ticket for UK Black Pride 2013. Visit: www.ukblackpride.org.uk
- Become a sponsor of UK Black Pride. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Have a stall in the community area. Email: email@example.com
- Run a food and drink stall at the festival. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Volunteer as a steward at the festival. Email: email@example.com