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UK Black Pride Celebrates its Sponsors Ahead of Event This Weekend

On 8th July, UK Black Pride will take place in London’s Vauxhall Pleasure Gardens celebrating African, Asian, Latin American, Middle Eastern and Caribbean-heritage LGBT+ people.

Ahead of the big event, which will blend blend live music, politics, and poetry in an inclusive and entertaining, family-friendly festival of community pride, the not-for-profit event has announced the line-up of sponsors who have helped to ensure UK Black Pride remains a free event for the community.

Stonewall extends its support as headline sponsor of the event for the eighth year running. Additionally, the charity has also provided health and safety training to all volunteers of he event and is funding the participation of up to 75 young BAME LGBT people and allies from across Britain to attend the festival.

DIVA, the UK’s leading lesbian and bisexual women’s magazine, have also agreed to continue its headline sponsorship of the festival for the second year in a row. DIVA’s determination to tackle tough topics, like racism in the LGBT+ community, mental health, and challenges facing queer youth, on top of its profiling of inspirational women who empower lesbian, bisexual and trans women, makes it a natural ally of UK Black Pride and its 2018 theme: Shades of the Diaspora.

Watch UK Black Pride’s short film encouraging people to ‘Keep Up The Noise’ here.

The full list of UK Black Pride 2018 sponsors are:
Headline: Stonewall, DIVA
Platinum: Greater London Authority (GLA), Lloyds Bank
Gold: BNP PARIBAS, Ernst & Young (EY)
Silver: Unite the Union
Bronze: Trade Union Congress (TUC); Public & Commercial Services Union (PCS); UNISON; Teachers’ Union (NASUWT); National Education Union (NEU); Rail, Maritime & Transport Workers’ Union (RMT)
Media partners: Gay Times, GayStarNews, Proximity
Community partners: Amnesty International, Imaan (the Muslim LGBT+ Support group)

Ruth Hunt, Stonewall Chief Executive, said: “UK Black Pride is one of the key events in the LGBT calendar, and we are proud to be a part of it again in 2018. Creating a space for BAME LGBT people to come together to both celebrate and look ahead at what still needs to be done is absolutely vital. We are excited to be helping scores of young people from around the UK come to their first UK Black Pride this year, for what we know will be a life-changing experience for them. And it’s never been more needed: Stonewall’s research shows half of all BAME LGBT people have faced discrimination from within our own community. That can’t be swept under the carpet. It’s something we all need to stand up and take action to change. Stonewall is proud to stand in solidarity with UK Black Pride on 8 July for this national celebration of our diverse community.”

Linda Riley, Director of DIVA publisher Twin Media Group, said: “I am extremely proud that, once again, DIVA is a headline sponsor of UK Black Pride. DIVA has always striven to reflect the diversity of our whole community. Inclusion for all is at the heart of everything we do, and I wish everyone taking part in this amazing event a wonderful day of love and friendship.”

Phyll Opoku-Gyimah, UK Black Pride Executive Director, said: “Every year our talented team of volunteers, from across the Black community we represent, put on an annual festival to celebrate African, Arab, Asian and Caribbean-heritage LGBT people. When we come together in London’s Vauxhall Pleasure Gardens, on Sunday 8 July, we do so in the face of rising racism, xenophobia, transphobia and sexism. In the knowledge that UK Black Pride will remain at the forefront of fighting for our community and building up our grassroots movement so that we can work together and win together.

This year’s theme, Shades of the Diaspora, acknowledges the layered and intersecting lived experience of Black LGBT people in Britain and beyond. As we demand safety and equality for all, we’re proud to have continued support of Stonewall, Diva, the trade unions and – crucially – Black LGBT+ people, to deliver a free, community-led festival against racism and homophobia.

Read Phyll Opoku-Gyimah’s full letter to the community ahead of UK Black Pride right here.

UK Black Pride will take place on Sunday 8 July, in London’s Vauxhall Pleasure Gardens, between 12 noon and 8pm. The free event will feature several stages and tents with a host of live music, politics, family-friendly fun, comedians, sports activities, and a whole lot more.

Happy Pride weekend, London!

Written by QWEERIST editor

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