UK Black Pride misses out on top gong among champions

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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.”


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UK Black Pride Nominated for Major British Diversity Award

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UK Black Pride has been nominated for a prestigious LGBT Community Organisation Award at The National Diversity Awards 2013.

The awards celebrate the excellence and inspirational achievements of positive role models and community organisations from across Britain. Nominees are recognised in fields of diversity including race, religion, gender, disability and sexual orientation.

Pav Akhtar, a Director of UK Black Pride, said: “Since 2005 we have worked from inside the African, Asian andCaribbeanlesbian, gay, bisexual and trans communities to reach out, engage, and build a more inclusive society. For a not-for-profit group like ours to be nominated is really humbling, as it is really a testament to the uncompromising support from Black and LGBT people and our allies.”

Winners of  The National Diversity Awards 2013, in association with Microsoft UK, will be announced at a glittering ceremony at The Queens Hotel,Leeds, on 20 September. The event will bring together Britain’s most inspirational people to honour the rich diversity of our nation, recognising individuals and community groups that have contributed to building a more inclusive and just society.

Among last year’s winners were friends of UK Black Pride: the gay rights campaigner, Peter Tatchell, who won a Lifetime Achiever Award, and Black trade union activist, Zita Holbourne, who was recognised as a Positive Role Model for Race. The Anthony Walker Foundation, which was set up after the brutal murder of its teenage namesake in an unprovoked racial attack, was also a winner.

Big Brother host, Brian Dowling, and CBeebies presenter, Cerrie Burnell, will host this year’s event. Other high-profile supporters backing the event include Stephen Fry, Beverley Knight and Ade Adepitan, as well as Paralympic champion, Jody Cundy, and journalist, Amal Fashanu.

Microsoft UK leads a number of high-profile sponsors, including The Co-operative group, The Open University and Price Waterhouse Coopers, to support the largest diversity awards ceremony of its kind.

Theresa McHenry, from Microsoft UK, said: “The National Diversity Awards are a wonderful way to recognise the extraordinary contribution of real people to our communities. It’s a delight to be able to support this fantastic celebration of local heroes.”

Paul Sesay, Chief Executive of The National Diversity Awards, said: “If ever there was a time to celebrate and elevate the truly staggering diversity of talent the UK has to offer – it is now. I know another fantastic spectacle of role models will be delivered and recognised this year.”



UK Black Pride on International Day Against Homophobia (IDAHO)

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  • 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.

Get involved:

There are many ways to get involved in making UK Black Pride 2013 a success:

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  • Run a food and drink stall at the festival. Email:
  • Volunteer as a steward at the festival. Email:


UK Black Pride thanks the community for its success

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The Board of UK Black Pride extends a big thank you to all sponsors, supporters, entertainers and volunteers who were involved in delivering an impressive seventh annual festival at the Ministry of Sound in London on Saturday 18 August.


Thank you

We are confident that all 1,500 LGBT friends and guests who joined in the day’s activities will agree that the event was a real success: from the outdoor barbeque and Cajun cuisine to the Caribbean rum punch and music from all corners of the world.

While the sun shone bright outside, the temperatures soared inside where the music played loudly from four stages that were packed full of uplifting performances from Black LGBT friendly artists and entertainers including singers, dancers, drag artists and comedians. The sense of Pride and belonging was exuded from every corner of the indoor space and courtyard where activists and guests mingled among the food stands and community information stalls.


The political voice – a hallmark of what Pride should be about – also underpinned every element of activity associated with UK Black Pride 2012 before, during and after the event itself. From supporting Stonewall’s research into the experiences of Black lesbian and gay people in accessing public services, to speaking at the TUC LGBT Conference on the need to decriminalise homosexuality across the Commonwealth, to working with community groups and providing free tickets for LGBT asylum seeker and refugee members to ensure their full participation in this event, the politics of Pride was loud, proud and present.


All the unpaid volunteers who have worked year-round to help organise UK Black Pride, with essential support and confidence from the rest of our community, ensured that UK Black Pride was not only a social occasion to celebrate within a safe space – necessary as this is – but also a family occasion that delivered a community event that was able to document and emphasise the continuing needs and aspirations of Black LGBT people, including the struggle for LGBT and racial equality and justice in schools, in workplaces and wider society, at home and abroad.

Guest Speakers

These aspirations were reflected in the guest speakers from LGB and T supporting community groups (Stonewall and the Runneymede Trust); the trade unions (PCS); politics (The Labour Party) and faith communities (Safra Project for LB&T Muslim women) who each contributed to the message that Black LGBT people need a strong civil society and statutory bodies to protect against cuts and any rolling back of the social agenda.


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Community Stalls

The event was also attended by representatives from the National Union of Students; the Naz Project London; Love Music Hate Homophobia, and Justice for Gay Africans among countless other groups who set up community stalls packed full of information about campaigns and calls to action that are an integral feature of Black and LGBT peoples’ daily lives. From the trade unions to welfare and sports groups, from statutory bodies like the police and health authorities, to adoption, housing, community arts, and anti-cuts campaigns, there was something for everyone.

Young People

One 20-year-old guest at the event described her experience of UK Black Pride as: “So powerful. Until a year ago I could not have imagined that I, as a Pakistani heritage lesbian woman, would ever have the confidence to come out and be myself alongside so many others just like me. At the event I never once felt the need to justify my race, faith, sexuality or any aspect of what makes me who I am. That’s a powerful message to young women like me. I identify more strongly with a community and I feel ready to deal with anything because I know that I’m not alone!”

Public Recognition

Even the news – delivered one day before the event – that UK Black Pride had missed out on the Prime Minister’s Big Society Award for volunteering, the privilege of being nominated and the major plaudits won from the Leader and Deputy Leader of the Labour Party, the Minister for Equalities, and Mayor of London, made up for this as it was clear that the event is making an impact on policymakers, as well as on the mainstream Black and LGBT community through media activity that included Diva; Gaydar, Gaystar news, Pink News, QX, Boyz, g3, Out in the City, The Voice and Time Out as well as a phenomenal presence on social media where the UK Black Pride hashtag and Facebook page received thousands of messages.


The need to address all incidents of racist and homophobic hate crime was also taken seriously and stringent health and safety checks, a robust risk assessment, helped to ensure that every eventuality was planned for and the safety and success of the event was assured. During this process, we also got support from Lambeth and Southwark Council, local Black and LGBT organisations including the LGBT Forum in Southwark, and the Metropolitan Police. UK Black Pride is proud to maintain a record of delivering the safest celebration of the lives, experiences and contributions of African, Asian, Caribbean and Arab LGBT people in Britain.

Throughout the event our guests also showed the best of our diverse communities and inspired people to stand up and challenge bigotry, to tackle fear and uncertainty as well as social and economic pain inflicted by cuts in the provision of vital public and voluntary sector services.

Thanks again

We thank everyone for your support at UK Black Pride 2012 and look forward to continuing the partnership in the months and year ahead.

Beverley, Bisi, Lila, Pav, Phyll
UK Black Pride Board


UKBP announces performers and speakers


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Award-winning UK Black Pride – Europe’s largest not-for-profit event for African, Arab, Asian and Caribbean-heritage Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Trans people – is thrilled to announce our line-up for our 2018 festival, which takes place on Sunday 8 July in Vauxhall Pleasure Gardens.

Recruited from across the diasporas we represent, the UK Black Pride team has curated performances by performers that represent the ever-growing and influential creativity and innovation that keeps Black LGBT+ people at the forefront of music, dance, and art.

As a Black LGBT+ community we understand that lodged in our body is a collective trauma, from daily microaggressions, marginalisation to historical erasure that we carry with us, on our shoulders and faces. So, for Black LGBT+ artists, the UK Black Pride stage is hallowed ground. Here, we not only have an opportunity to relieve the tension of survival, but to realise the potential of our bodies, too.

Leading the UK Black Pride entertainment team is Mwice-Margaret Kavindele, founder of Cocoa Butter Club, and a vocal performance powerhouse in her own right. Mwice-Margaret said: “I have undertaken the task of curating the UK Black Pride stage personally and seriously because it is an opportunity for us all to see what bodies of colour are capable of and, in the current climate, understanding that we can be what we want is really cemented within us when we do this for ourselves. When an organisation as groundbreaking and important as UK Black Pride curates performances for the community it matters. The line-up has been chosen not only because each performer is talented, inspiring and captivating, but also because each reveals to us who we can be.”

Headlining the UK Black Pride 2018 stage are performers from across the diaspora, including Alicai Harley, said: “I feel that society’s attitude towards homosexuality has come a long way. However, there are still many barriers to be broken down in the Black and LGBT+ community. UK Black Pride is important in helping to eliminate many of the barriers that are still in place.

“Being a Jamaican girl that sings Dancehall music when Dancehall is associated with homophobia. I’m extremely excited to perform at UK Black Pride because it allows me to do my part to challenge that misconception, so I’m all for it!”


Joining Alicai Harley, as co-headliner, is rap artist Roxxxvn, and throughout the day, some of the best our community has to offer will take the stage to showcase their talent, including poet Staceyann Chin and drag performance artist FKA.

However, curating the UK Black Pride stage line up is not just about performances, it’s about providing space for the vanguard and creative agitators of our movements and allies, to amplify the work being done to help bring Black LGBT+ people forward and into the light. From the Labour Party’s Rt. Hon. Dawn Butler MP, who won Diva magazine’s Ally of the Year, to Jason Jones, the appellant who brought the landmark legal challenge that forced the Government of Trinidad to decriminalise homosexuality, the UK Black Pride stage promises to be a celebration of the sounds and activism that underpin the richness of the Black LGBT+ community, and those fights which continue for our acceptance and equality in society in Britain and abroad.

Phyll Opoku-Gyimah, UK Black Pride Executive Director, said: “I am really confident that the line up we have assembled for UK Black Pride pulls together some incredible talent, some of which may be a new or discovery for people. What I really hope is that people get chills listening to our speakers, hearing their story and identifying with their struggle. I hope people pound their feet on the ground, let out everything they’ve bottled up, and see the possibility and potential of our lives. I hope people are awestruck and inspired, liberated in the knowledge that they don’t need to be boxed into someone else’s idea of who we are and can be. That, in our experience is a glory that we continue to rise up and celebrate against every conceivable odd. We are beautiful. We are loved.”

The full line-up of performers and speakers is set out below. We look forward to seeing you at the Vauxhall Pleasure Gardens, from 12noon to 9pm for UK Black Pride 2018.


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Main Stage

12:00 DJ Gen

12:45 DJ Kaspa

13:15 DJ G (Exilio)

13:45 DJ Kartel Brown

14:30 Hosts

14:45 Guest Speakers

15:00 DJ Kartel Brown / DJ Sensi

15:45 One Minute Silence and choir

15:50 Nawi Collective

16:00 DJ Traxx & Smoochie

16:45 King Dee

17:00 StaceyAnn Chin

17:10 FKA

17:15 BISHI

17:30 DJ Big John

18:00 Afro Swagg

18:10 Jessbelle Thunder

18:15 PJ Samuels

18:25 Saffron

18:30 Toya Delazy

18:45 Roxxxvn

19:10 Alicai Harley

19:30 Aaron Carty’s Beyonce Experience

19:50 UK Black Pride Team

20:00 DJ Biggy C

21:00 End



Moud Gouba & Pav Akhtar – UKBP Directors

Travis Alabanza – Performer and Trans Activist / Campaigner

Rikki Beadle-Blair – Writer / Performer & Educator



Rt. Hon. Dawn Butler MP (Shadow Minister for Women & Equalities)

Ruth Hunt (Stonewall, Headline Sponsor)

Linda Riley (DIVA, Headline Sponsor)

Gizden Akdur (Istanbul Pride campaigners from the Kurdish, Turkish, Cypriot LGBTQ Group)

Jaevion Nelson (Jamaican Federation of Lesbians and Gays)

Jason Jones (Decriminalising Homosexuality in Trinidad campaign)

Reeta Loi & Deepak Kashyap (Gaysians)

Albert Kennedy Trust – Speaker

Lady Phyll & the UK Black Pride team


Volunteers wanted for UK Black Pride’s main event

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  • UK Black Pride will feature at Pride in London 2013
  • Golden Square dedicated to UK Black Pride events on 29 June

UK Black Pride – Europe’s largest community-led, not-for-profit support group for African, Asian and Caribbean lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people – seeks volunteers to help deliver its main event in central London on Saturday 29 June.

UK Black Pride’s Director for Administration, Dr. Beverly Duguid, said: “UK Black Pride is a key part of the Black and LGBT community’s calendar of events. We’ve been blown away by the support from our community of volunteers in recent years and we want to repeat this again to ensure that our not-for-profit community-led event is a massive success.

“As well as the fantastic experience, skills development and feel good factor of volunteering for UK Black Pride, we will reward our volunteers as members of the UK Black Pride family by providing free training, access to world class artists, some food and a modest contribution for travel in central London.”

To register as a volunteer please enter your details here.  Those individuals who are selected as a volunteer must attend a special training session where they will receive health and safety, first aid, and crowd management training. UK Black Pride will also give volunteers a t-shirt, a meal voucher and London transport ticket.

 The eighth annual UK Black Pride festival will take place on Saturday 29 June in Golden Square which is situated in the heart of London’s Soho. From 12 noon until 8:30pm the free-entry but ticketed UK Black Pride event – which is being run as an independent part of London Pride – will boast a main stage packed full of top live acts (previous headliners have included Jessie J, Ms Dynamite and Beverley Knight), supported by top DJs in a dance area, alongside licensed bars, world food, community stalls, prizes and much more. UK Black Pride’s 2013 summer of love series of activities will include exciting entertainment from May until August so visit the website for more details.

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.


X Factor’s Rachel Adedeji leads the artist lineup at UK Black Pride

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The eighth annual UK Black Pride festival takes place on Saturday 29 June 2013 in Soho, London’s Golden Square London from 12 noon until 8:30pm.

The party will continue at Urban World Pride which is hosting UK Black Pride’s official after-party at Club Colosseum in Vauxhall.

X Factor finalist, Rachel Adedeji, was among Dannii Minoque’s girls in 2009. Adedeji can “roar like Grace Jones” (The Guardian) and will entertain UK Black Pride guests with a medley of singles she has released since leaving the talent show. These include catchy tracks ’Club Lights’ and ’Follow the DJ’. Adedeji will also preview her new single ’House Dance’. The TV performances have shown that we can expect Adedeji to belt out the top notes with heart.

Also on the main stage and in the dance tent will be club favourites: DJs Clington, Chrissy and Chillz, alongside Deejay Nikki Lucas, Jen Bee, Smoochie and Kartel Brown, with the line up being concluded with Big John, Biggy C, DJ Goodaz, Sensi and Lady T4Lyfe.

The main stage will be hosted by Skye Skyetshooki, Shiene Alexandra, AL-Lana-Pillay and Baby Sol. They will oversee sets from the main acts and DJs alongside performances from D’relle’s dancers, Britain’s Got Talent’s CEO African dancers, Holland’s Got Talent Beyonce tribute: Little Chunky Crew, spoken word performances by the USA Trans artist J Mase III, Realitie, and Immani. Putting comedy in play will be Curtis Walker and drag artist Ebony Rose, while political messages against the racism and homophobia which blight Black and LGBT peoples’ lives will be addressed by speakers who include UK Black Pride’s headline sponsor, Stonewall, the trade unions, student and asylum groups, as well as a speaker from Pride London and an interfaith minute’s silence for global hate-crime victims.

UK Black Pride Executive Director, Phyll Opoku-Gyimah, said: “Our entertainers present some of the best talent in the UK. From award winning DJs, dancers and drag artists to the outstanding talents of Lady Leshurr and Rachel Adedeji, this year’s event has a line up to suit all musical tastes from children to seniors, from hip-hop to pop, from reggae to jazz, on top of which we have fantastic dancers and DJs to invoke the spirit of our African, Asian, Caribbean and Arab heritage. This will be a show of Black Pride and LGBT love without borders.”

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.