Organisations join forces to empower Britain’s black, Asian and minority ethnic LGBT communities
Black, Asian and minority ethnic LGBT people face disproportionate levels of anti-LGBT discrimination
Joint work to be supported by new role
Today UK Black Pride, Europe’s largest celebration for African, Asian, Middle Eastern, Latin American and Caribbean heritage LGBTQ people, and Stonewall, the lesbian, gay, bi and trans equality charity, have announced a new partnership to transform how the two organisations work with Britain’s diverse black, Asian and minority ethnic LGBT communities.
The focus of the partnership is to build strong relationships with diverse BAME LGBT communities that will support the development of both local and national campaigning efforts of issues affecting these groups. This work will centre and be led by BAME activists and organisations, like UK Black Pride, to drive meaningful social change and celebrate BAME LGBT people and culture across all of society.
Stonewall research revealing that over half of BAME LGBT people (51 per cent) have faced discrimination from within the LGBT community shows why this work is needed. The partnership will also see Stonewall extend its support for running UK Black Pride and recruit a new full-time member of staff. The postholder will work closely with the UK Black Pride Board and BAME community groups around the UK to drive this work forward.
Phyll Opoku-Gyimah, Executive Director of UK Black Pride, and Ruth Hunt, Chief Executive of Stonewall, said: ‘We are hugely excited and proud to announce this groundbreaking new partnership between UK Black Pride and Stonewall. We have agreed on a joint programme of work that will transform how our organisations are able to reach and empower Britain’s diverse black, Asian and minority ethnic LGBT communities.
‘The work will focus on building strong relationships and supporting the development of local and national campaigning. It will also support the organisation and running of UK Black Pride, Britain’s largest event for BAME LGBT people.
‘We know that BAME LGBT people are disproportionately affected by homophobic, biphobic and transphobic discrimination. We also know that they experience racism and discrimination from within the wider LGBT community – in fact our research shows that half of BAME LGBT people (51 per cent) face discrimination from within the LGBT community.
‘This is not acceptable. And it is why we hope that this announcement sends a strong, positive statement of our shared intent. We have not achieved equality until every LGBT person, of every colour and background, is able to enjoy equality within our community and outside it. We recognise the influence and privilege that organisations like Stonewall have and, working with the expertise of UK Black Pride, are committed to using that power to reach and empower more people in our beautiful, diverse communities through this joint work.
‘UK Black Pride and Stonewall have been working together, in different ways, for the last eight years. We are thrilled to be starting this new chapter of deeper engagement and are recruiting a new post to drive this work forward.’