UK Black Pride stands by London Friend

Press Release

For Immediate Release

London, 22 June 2015

  • London Friend is named charity partner for tenth annual UK Black Pride festival
  • UK Black Pride will host a free Pride in the Park event on Sunday 28 June in London

UK Black Pride – Europe’s biggest community-led, not-for-profit association for African, Asian and Caribbean heritage lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans people – is proud to announce that it has re-selected the charity, London Friend, to benefit from a donation on behalf of grassroots Black LGBT people.

Established in 1972, London Friend is Britain’s oldest Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Trans charity which exists to support the health and mental well-being of the LGB&T community in and around London.

Announcing the Board’s commitment to make a donation after the tenth anniversary festival, Pav Akhtar, Director for UK Black Pride, said:

“A significant number of UK Black Pride members have had cause to use many of the counselling and support services provided by London Friend. From issues such as same-sex relationships, sexual and gender identity, to promoting personal growth and self-confidence, we are proud that London Friend has stood by the Black LGBT to offer culturally sensitive and confidential support.

It stands to reason then, at this time when so many public health services are being starved of funding by central and local government, that the LGBT community must rally behind to support the delivery of vital lifelines, such as London Friend, to ensure that LGBT people are continue to be afforded some of the social and welfare protections needed at this time.”

Welcoming the commitment of support, Chief Executive of London Friend, Monty Moncrieff, said:

“We’re really pleased that UK Black Pride has, once again, elected to recognise our charity’s work for the support we offer to Black LGBT communities.

“All of London Friend’s services are delivered by a team of over 100 highly trained LGB&T volunteers who are supported by a small staff team. The work of London Friend depends entirely on the generosity and goodwill of our donors, volunteers and supporters without whom we could not provide the services or support we currently offer.”

The services London Friend currently provides include:

  • LGB&T counselling •   Training for healthcare professionals
  • Drug and alcohol support •   LGB&T helpline
  • Social and support groups •   Coming out groups
  • A selection of LGB&T books, magazines and information

London Friend also houses Antidote which is Britain’s only LGB&T drug and alcohol service. Its social groups also provide a safe space to meet and socialise as an alternative to the bar and club scene.

Support London Friend

London Friend can proudly lay claim to have supported hundreds of thousands of people over the last 43 years. However, many more people still face daily struggles because of their sexuality or gender identity. That’s why what London Friend does matters, and why it needs the continued support of our community.

You can get involved and help London Friend by donating time or money. To find out more, visit:

Attend UK Black Pride

To attend the tenth UK Black Pride festival, which is an integral part London LGBT Community Pride’s Pride in the Park celebration on Sunday 28 June in London Vauxhall’s Pleasure Gardens, simply come along from 12 noon until 9pm. The free event will feature a main stage where UK Black Pride will blend live music, politics and poetry to deliver an entertaining, family-friendly, and inclusive festival of community pride. With a disco stage, comedians, sports activities, education and welfare stalls, alongside world food and drink (or bring your own picnic), it’s guaranteed that there’ll be something for all tastes at the event. Join us!

UK Black Pride maintains a strong identity as a grassroots movement. We believe the most effective way to secure the fight for LGBT equality and inclusion is by opposing all forms of bigotry and putting people and politics before profit. The Celebrating 10 Years of Ubuntu! (Including You!) theme signals UK Black Pride’s determination to stand for LGBT love and equality against all purveyors of division and hate wherever they are. Join us!

Get involved:

There are many ways to get involved in making UK Black Pride 2015 a success:

  1. For UK Black Pride media and sponsorship enquiries email:
  2. For food or information stall bookings in the community area email:
  3. For information about UK Black Pride visit: Web: Facebook: Twitter: @ukblackpride

  1. For London LGBT Community Pride visit:

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