Political Leaders Pay Tribute to UK Black Pride 2017

 

Press Release

For Immediate Release
London, 9 July 2017

Political Leaders Pay Tribute to UK Black Pride 2017

  • UK Black Pride is being held on Sunday 9 July at Vauxhall Pleasure Gardens, London

Award-winning UK Black Pride – Europe’s largest not-for-profit event for African, Arab, Asian and Caribbean-heritage lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans people – has received good will messages from leading politicians from all corners of the British Isles. Snippets of their messages to UK Black Pride 2017 are detailed here. Full statements are online.

Jeremy Corbyn, Leader of the Labour Party and Member of Parliament for Islington North, said: “I’m pleased to send my solidarity and support to UK Black Pride in this thirteenth year of campaigning for inclusion and visibility within Black and LGBT+ communities whilst also opposing the disturbing levels of racism and homophobia. I know everyone will have a great time but behind this fantastic event is the principle that no one should ever have to suffer discrimination because of their sexuality. There is still far too much prejudice against our LGBT+ and BAME communities. We should never stop demanding equal rights or an end to discrimination in any form.

“Labour has always fought for greater equality and I am proud of the role our party has played – from outlawing Section 28, equalising the age of consent, increasing sentences for hate crimes, enabling LGBT+ couples to adopt, and introducing civil partnerships. We must continue to strive for change, to turn the paper policies we have into tangible practice that improve the lives of Black and LGBT+ people.”

Nicola Sturgeon, First Minister of Scotland, Leader of the Scottish National Party, and Member of Scottish Parliament for Glasgow Southside, said: “Pride is an opportunity to celebrate the progress we have made and to look forward to a future where everyone will be accepted and valued simply for who they are, regardless of their ethnicity, their sexual orientation or their gender identity. It also allows us to reflect on the struggles of those that have gone before us and the struggles still faced by those in other countries.

“I am very proud of the work the Scottish Government has done to promote LGBTI equality and we are committed to advancing this even further to remove barriers, encourage participation and tackle hate crimes. We have come a long way in terms of the rights of LGBTI people in Scotland, including the introduction of civil partnership and same sex marriage and I’m pleased we were ranked second in ILGA Europe’s 2017 Rainbow Index. We will also consult later this summer on reform of gender recognition laws and on the needs of intersex people to ensure Scotland is in line with international best practice. I wish you all the best for a happy and successful Pride.”

Tim Farron, Leader of the Liberal Democrats and Member of Parliament for Westmorland and Lonsdale, said: “I would like to send warm wishes to everyone taking part in UK Black Pride’s annual festival. I want to begin by thanking Black Pride for the great work you do in promoting the interests of minority groups within the LGBT community. Your contributions to the advancement of equality and diversity have proved to be vital in broadening the discussion on the LGBT+ experience. This year’s theme ‘Past, Present, Future… Love Happens Here’, gives us an opportunity to celebrate the various milestones in LGBT history but we must also remember that we have a long way to go in securing full equality for all.

“The Liberal Democrats are proud to be a party of equality and diversity, that’s why we fought so hard for the introduction of same sex marriage in coalition government and we continue to fight against existing barriers to justice and equality. Sadly, millions in the LGBT community are living in countries across the world where they are forced to hide their identity out of fear of persecution, torture or imprisonment. I’m pleased that the UK has been a place of refuge for those who have had to endure these injustices and our party will continue to fight for the protections of the entire LGBT community; at home as well as abroad.”

Leanne Wood, Leader of Plaid Cymru and Welsh Assembly Member for the Rhondda, said: “Thanks for this opportunity to wish everyone involved in the annual Black Pride event all the very best. Whether you are involved in the organising of this event or you have come to support it as a spectator, you are part of a celebration of the diverse black LGBT community.
“It is great to see how UK Black Pride has grown in strength in its short history. The mark of any successful organisation is its achievements. Thanks to tireless campaigning on matters such as social networking, community outreach, advocacy and the promotion of its members’ achievements, UK Black Pride has made a tremendous contribution to making our society more inclusive and more understanding. Good luck for the future and best wishes from Wales.”

To attend the UK Black Pride festival, which is organised in alliance with Pride in London, on Sunday 9 July in London’s Vauxhall Pleasure Gardens, just come along between 12 noon and 9pm. The free event will feature a main stage from where UK Black Pride will blend live music, politics, and poetry in an inclusive and entertaining, family-friendly festival of community pride. With comedians; sports activities; education and welfare stalls, as well as world food and drink (or bring your own picnic) we guarantee something for all tastes. Join us!

UK Black Pride maintain a strong identity as a grassroots-led movement. We believe the most effective way to secure LGBT equality and inclusion is by opposing all forms of bigotry and putting people before profit. The Past, Present, Future…Love Happens Here theme shows our determination to stand for LGBT love and equality against all purveyors of hate. Join us!

Notes for editors:

The Conservative Party was asked to submit a statement of support but did not do so.

For information about UK Black Pride visit:

 

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