Stonewall and DIVA to headline sponsor UK Black Pride guaranteeing a free pride for all

 

Press Release

For Immediate Release
London, 30 June 2017

Stonewall and DIVA to headline sponsor UK Black Pride guaranteeing a free pride for all

  • Stonewall and DIVA named co-headline sponsors for annual UK Black Pride festival
  • UK Black Pride will be 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 – is proud to announce its line up of sponsors whose support is helping to ensure that the 2017 event is free for all.

Having fought for the rights of LGBT people for more than 25 years Stonewall has signed up as UK Black Pride’s headline sponsor for the seventh year running. From helping to secure an equal age of consent to repealing Section 28, and from securing equal access to fertility treatment to guiding marriage equality laws through Parliament, Stonewall has stood with LGBT people and allies to achieve equality and legislative change. By creating spaces and supporting networks for Black, women and young LGBT at home, and giving solidarity to LGBT people abroad, Stonewall has distinguished itself as an effective and inclusive voice for the full spectrum of LGBT people in Britain.

The UK’s leading lesbian and bisexual women’s magazine, DIVA, becomes a headline sponsor of UK Black Pride for the first time. Ever since the magazine was launched in 1994 it has offered fresh and diverse content for lesbian and bisexual women through quality journalism and community involvement. With 23 years of successful publishing, spotlighting all that is funny, exciting, controversial, and cutting-edge in the community, DIVA is ranked as Europe’s best-selling magazine bringing celebrity interviews, news, politics, pop culture, style, travel, social issues, entertainment and more. DIVA’s determination to tackle tough topics, like racism in the LGBT community, mental health, and the challenges facing queer youth, on top of its profiling of inspirational women who empower lesbian, bi and trans women, make it a natural ally of UK Black Pride and its theme: Past, Present, Future…Love Happens Here.

The full list of UK Black Pride 2017 sponsors are:

  • Platinum: Stonewall, DIVA
  • Gold: BNP Paribas
  • Silver: Trade Union Congress (TUC); the Public & Commercial Services (PCS) union, UNISON the public sector union; the NASUWT teachers’ union, Lloyds Bank, and Pride in London
  • Bronze: House of Rainbow church; the National Union of Teachers (NUT); GMB Union (Shout!)
  • Media Partner: Gay Star News

Ruth Hunt, Stonewall Chief Executive, said: “Stonewall is immensely proud to support UK Black Pride as headline sponsor for the seventh consecutive year, and we’re delighted to stand by the side of such an important community celebration in its thirteenth year. Events like UK Black Pride are vital to celebrate inclusion and showcase the wonderful diversity within the LGBT community. It allows us to reflect on the work that’s left to challenge the specific and often dual discrimination faced by so many LGBT people, be that due to race or other parts of their identity. Stonewall will continue to work by the side of UK Black Pride, and those who represent every corner of our community, until all lesbian, gay, bi and trans people everywhere are accepted without exception.”

Linda Riley, Director of DIVA publisher Twin Media Group, said: “DIVA is proud to be a headline sponsor of UK Black Pride in 2017. DIVA is published by Twin Media Group which provides a range of print, digital, mobile, and social platforms to deliver content that is relevant to the interests of all lesbian and bisexual women. Twin Media Group is co-owned by Silke Bader, who also publishes Curve magazine (USA) and LOTL (Australia), and Linda Riley, who runs the European Diversity Awards. This ensures that DIVA magazine’s outlook is global while its impact is felt at local level. DIVA therefore provides a natural partner to UK Black Pride as it focusses on empowering and including all sections of the community.”

Frances O’Grady, TUC General Secretary, said: “The TUC and its affiliated trade unions have long championed equality for LGBT people and have played a major part in every reform won over recent decades. We have also supported UK Black Pride from the very beginning because we understand how crucial it is that the voice of every section of the community is heard. The struggle for full LGBT equality is still a long way from over, even in Britain. Internationally, activists are speaking out in a climate where homophobia and transphobia is rife and could be a matter of life and death. Together, we will continue to work to achieve equality for all our LGBT brothers and sisters.”

Phyllis Opoku-Gyimah, UK Black Pride Executive Director, said: “For 13 years African, Arab, Asian and Caribbean heritage LGBT communities have worked hard to build inclusive spaces in mainstream British celebrations of Pride. We have always sought to express our diversity on our own community’s terms. We are proud of the support from Stonewall, DIVA, the trade unions and private sector, as well as the Black and LGBT community to help deliver this vital service to our community at work and in society. Our efforts have helped Black LGBT people to face up to the severe socio-economic barriers that have afflicted many of us harshly. Whilst UK Black Pride continues to press for the needs of Black LGBT people to be met, on 9 July we invite everyone to join us to celebrate 13 years of unity and collective achievements.”

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:

There are many ways to get involved in making UK Black Pride 2017 a success:

  1. For UK Black Pride media and sponsorship enquiries, email: pav@ukblackpride.org.uk
  2. For information about food or market stall bookings, email: moud@ukblackpride.org.uk
  3. For information about volunteering at UK Black Pride, visit: http://ukblackpride.org.uk
  4. For information about UK Black Pride visit:
  5. For details about Pride in the Park visit: Pride in London

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