This year’s celebration and protest returned to Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park
BY NIC CROSARA, IMAGE BY KOFI PAINTSIL
For 18 years, UK Black Pride (UKBP) has provided a safe space for LGBTQIA people of African, Asian, Caribbean, Latin American and Middle Eastern descent to come together. And last year, UKBP made history by becoming the world’s largest celebration for Black and POC LGBTQIA individuals.
Thousands returned to Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park this weekend to attend the celebration and protest. This year’s UKBP theme was LEGACY. And after 18 years of changemaking, activism and community building, UKBP has certainly carved out one mighty legacy.
DIVA were proud media partners of UKBP and in our August/September issue you can read all about UKBP’s legacy as well as the power of POC love and chosen family in our UK Black Pride special.
This year’s UKBP was truly magical. If anyone ever questions why we need a Black Pride, they should attend a UKBP and look at all of the emotions over the thousands of attendees to understand what this means.
A powerful part of this year’s UKBP was the new exhibition, 16th Century Life Expectancy, which tackled the misinformation about the Black trans community. You can find out more here.
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