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My Pride is political

PHYLL OPOKUGYIMAH ON THE ORIGINS OF UK BLACK PRIDE
PHOTO AJAMU, ILLUSTRATION FERNANDO SAFONT

Pride season is upon us so I have decided to use my column this month to talk about UK Black Pride – its origins, why it exists, what its organisers (myself among them) want to achieve and, also, how you can get involved.

UK Black Pride’s mission is to promote unity and co-operation among all black people of African, Asian, Caribbean, Middle Eastern and Latin American descent, as well as their friends and families, who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer or intersex. We are committed to producing an annual celebration of Black Pride, as well as organising a variety of activities throughout the year around the UK, which also promote and advocate for the spiritual, emotional and intellectual health and wellbeing of all related communities. Our aim is to foster, present and celebrate black LGBT culture through education, the arts, cultural events and advocacy. UK Black Pride works closely with Paris Black Pride as well as showing solidarity with Black Prides in the US and Canada.

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