Season’s Greetings from
UK Black Pride
Mary, Joseph, and Jesus are some of the UK-based African, Asian, Arab and Caribbean heritage people who are lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans (LGBT) or allies, that have benefitted from UK Black Pride’s year-round programme of activities which culminated in a free music festival of empowerment for 5,000 people in the summer of 2016.
Many countries around the world still discriminate and persecute LGBT people. In many more countries, LGBT people are prevented from accessing decent work, education, healthcare, and criminal justice which leaves LGBT people jobless, homeless, sick and extremely vulnerable.
Sadly, LGBT people in Britain are also subjected to virulent homophobia despite the legislative gains we have fought for and won. Equally, systemic and causal racism remain a reality in the lives of many Black people in Britain. When these two forces of oppression combine, they create a profound impact on Black LGBT peoples’ lives and our ability to contribute our best.
UK Black Pride’s programme of activities are designed to improve the quality of life of UK-based LGBT people from all over the world. Creating safe spaces for our community to come together, and changing people’s hearts and minds in society through engagement in strategic litigation, campaigns and public policy processes are two strategies we have used to challenge the virulent anti-immigrant narratives that hurt LGBT asylum seekers and refugees; as well as the Islamophobia and transphobia that persist across Britain.
In partnership with our generous supporters at Stonewall, PCS, UNISON, Unite, NASUWT, GMB, the TUC, Ropes & Gray, UKLGIG, ColourfulPink, AZ Mag and House of Rainbow, Mary, Joseph and Jesus have been able to rebuild their lives with dignity and love, to become a positive and important part of their families and wider communities.
Whilst 2016 has undoubtedly been another difficult year for the LGBT community at home and abroad, with government cuts to the vital public services that LGBT people depend on, to mindless attacks and murders of LGBT people in every corner of the world, just because of who we are and who we love.
However, in this holiday season we want to celebrate the people like Mary, Joseph, and Jesus who are making the world a more equal place and doing so with dignity, love, and hard work.
We also want to thank every single one of you, our members, and allies: without your solidarity, we could not carry out our vital work. Together we are stronger and we will make Britain a more equal place for everyone.
With pride and solidarity,
The UK Black Pride Team