Press Release for Immediate Release

London, 10 February 2011

UK Black Pride has swept the top prize in Pink Paper’s Readers’ Awards 2011. Thousands of members of the public voted to propel Europe’s largest celebration of African, Asian, Caribbean and Middle Eastern LGBT people to first place in the ‘Best Black Minority Ethnic Organisation’ category.

Pink Paper’s Editor-in-Chief, Tris Reid-Smith, said: “Having worked with UK Black Pride for quite a few years now, I know what a dedicated bunch they are and I can only say they are very deserving winners. Ethnic minorities generally don’t have anywhere near enough visibility in our community so I hope more people will support these guys and the many other great organisations out there who are really making a difference. Congratulations!”

The Pink Paper’s Readers’ Awards are unique because they are voted for directly by members of the public. This year, thousands of votes were cast over the last few months, with the Pink Paper confirming that substantially more votes were cast than in 2010, making it the biggest test of LGBT public opinion.

The annual awards are the largest gay awards in the UK and aim to establish the very best and worst of the last year.

Other winners included the Virgin brand which scooped three awards in the travel sector, and Manchester City Council which won Best Local Authority. UK Black Pride’s sister club Queer Nation (London) won Top Black or Minority Ethnic Night, while  UK Black Pride’s sponsor, Stonewall, took home the Best LGBT Organisation category.

Contrastingly, the Pope was named as Villain of the Year, with David Cameron and Nick Clegg coming second and third. A full list of results can be found at: www.pinkpaper.com/winners

Pink Paper’s Editor-in-Chief, Tris Reid-Smith, said: “Every year Pink Paper Readers’ Awards go from strength to strength. This year’s been more competitive than ever which makes the victory all the sweeter for our winners. Congratulations to all the finalists. They’re your awards and it’s great to see thousands of people take ownership of them.”

UK Black Pride’s Director, Phyllis Opoku-Gyimah, said: “This is a great day for UK Black Pride. To win such a prestigious award voted for by the public is testimony to the Black LGBT community, our volunteers, and our sponsors which include the Met Police, PCS, Proud, Prospect, Stonewall, TUC, UNISON and Unite, as well as all those who have supported us every step of the way. In our sixth year, the UK Black Pride team will build on this success with a bigger and better celebration in August 2011.”

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