Celebrating black queerness at UK Black Pride

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As we celebrate 50 years of the Stonewall riots in June this year, the anniversary reminds us that lesbians and trans women of colour were the key people involved in the uprising that took place at the Stonewall Inn in New York City.

UK Black Pride is currently the largest celebration of LGBT+ people of African, Asian, Caribbean, Middle Eastern, and Latin American descent in the world and this year the celebration is set to be the biggest ever.

It is a safe space to celebrate diverse sexualities, gender identities, cultures, gender expressions and backgrounds. Importantly, UK Black Pride promotes unity and cooperation among LGBTQ people of diasporic communities.

LGBTQ people of colour are still fighting for the rights and freedoms they were supposed to have gained when this movement started 50 years ago. Research by Stonewall, Britain’s biggest LGBT charity, shows that 51% of BAME LGBTQ people have faced racial discrimination from within the LGBT community.

The charity withdrew from Pride in London in 2018 over “lack of diversity” and instead chose to partner with UK Black Pride.

Organisers said the event is necessary because “it’s important we have spaces where we can come together, refocus our energies, share in healing and plan and protest for the future we deserve to live in.”

“Historically mainstream pride organisations have not been very good at remembering the QTIPOC who helped ignite the modern LGBTQ rights movement and we know that these spaces haven’t always been intersectional.” they added.

UK Black Pride acknowledged that the abundance of different pride celebrations is a positive thing, whether it’s Trans Pride or Disabled Pride or Black Pride, and said “the more voices we have singing, the more resonant our movement is”.

The celebration is free-to-attend for all and it will be held on Sunday, July 7 in Haggerston Park, from between 12 p.m. and 9 p.m.

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