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 – joined by a large number of community based organisations including Gay Women’s Network, London Friend, and Gay Men’s Project to participate in a day of community based dialogue and debate among Black and minority ethnic LGB and T people, as well as organisations who support this community.
The roundtable event was hosted by Stonewall who campaign for LGB rights in Britain and abroad. UK Black Pride believes the inter-sectional barriers faced by Black LGBT people whether on terms of gender, disability or faith across the social spaces in our communities, our institutes of learning and our professional workplaces need to be debated and addressed.
UK Black Pride’s Director for Public Affairs, Pav Akhtar, said: “The diversity in Britain’s Black communities is immense. It is vital that we have safe spaces in which to openly and honestly discuss our experiences and the challenges we face. Stonewall has continued to listen and engage our community by facilitating these spaces which allows us to lead our own strategy on how to work together with other supporters for a fair and equal society.”
UK Black Pride’s Exectuive Director, Phyll Opoku-Gyimah, said: “This has been a great event to listen very carefully to what our communities’ multiple needs are. We have already identified concrete campaigning activities that can build on including a visible drive for role models and Back LGBT identities in the media.”
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