The main theme this Black History Month is “proud to be”.
Black History Month is an opportunity to highlight the work and contributions of Black LGBTQ+ people, which are too often forgotten and erased. Black people have always been at the centre of the LGBTQ+ liberation movement from Marsha P. Johnson and Stormé DeLarverie, who were major figures in the Stonewall uprisings of 1969, to modern day LGBTQ+ leaders like Munroe Bergdorf and Lady Phyll.
We aim to highlight the incredible contributions that Black LGBTQ+ people and Black LGBTQ-led organisations are making throughout the UK, as well as sharing the richness of queer Black activism. Stonewall’s People of Colour Network aim to use our platform to provide a space to meaningfully centre a wide range of LGBTQ+ voices, with a particular focus on Black trans voices, when many of their experiences can be overlooked.
We will also share resources on how to be a better ally to Black LGBTQ+ people. If you want to get started, make sure you:
- Listen to the voices of a community that has been historically erased
- Support Black LGBTQ+ communities by recognising the privilege that you have
- Showcase those communities, be it in the workplace, in social spaces or just in your personal lives
Things you can do:
Read the articles
Read our blog.
Read the blog from Z Monteiro.
This Black History Month, some of Stonewall’s Black LGBT staff have discussed the most effective ways to be an active ally to Black LGBT people.
Our Black LGBT staff have identified a number of Black-led LGBT organisations, community groups and social spaces that are doing incredible work and providing much needed support for Black LGBT people in the UK.
Black LGBT fundraisers for allies to support.
Read this article from Bex Shorunke, Senior Media Officer at akt
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Stonewall | BAME Voices
A series of videos directed by Cherish Oteka, and in partnership with Stonewall, to showcase the lived experiences of LGBT people of colour.