UK Black Pride and Stonewall have announced a new partnership to help transform how the organisations work with the UK’s diverse black, Asian and minority ethnic LGBTQ+ communities.
Today (February 26), the two LGBTQ+ charities announced their new partnership which will focus on building strong relationships with diverse BAME LGBTQ+ communities.
Led by BAME activists and organisation, like UK Black Pride, the partnership will help drive social change and celebrate the community and culture across society.
The partnership comes after Stonewall – the UK’s leading LGBTQ+ charity – found that more than half of BAME LGBTQ+ people have faced discrimination within the community.
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 ground-breaking 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.”
The recruitment for this exciting new role is now open, and they are encouraging applications from diverse communities.
To find out more information on the job role, please visit here.