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Phyll Opoku-Gyimah (aka Lady Phyll)

Executive director of The Kaleidoscope Trust and co-founder and executive director of UK Black Pride

Phyll Opoku-Gyimah, better known as Lady Phyll, is the executive director of The Kaleidoscope Trust, a charity that influences British and international institutions to support LGBTQ activists to help bring change in countries where LGBTQ people do not have equal rights. She discusses her experience as co-founder of UK Black Pride, and why she won’t take “no” for an answer.

Where did you get the nickname Lady Phyll?

It’s a sort of joke. In 2016, I turned down an MBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List to protest against this country’s colonial legacy and because the UK has not done nearly enough to help our LGBTQ siblings across the world liberate themselves from homophobic colonial-era laws. The colonial and imperialist legacy of this country has had life-ending consequences. It is not something to be celebrated, in my opinion.

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