UK Black Pride – Europe’s largest pride celebration for LGBTQI+ people of African, Asian, Caribbean, Latin American and Middle Eastern-descent – returns for its annual in-person protest and celebration this Sunday, 14 August, 2022.
UK Black Pride’s last in-person event saw over 10,000 people convene in Haggerston Park in Hackney, after outgrowing its presence at Vauxhall Park in Lambeth. As a mark of its continued growth, UK Black Pride will host its annual event at Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in Stratford.
Each year, through programming, protest and politics – we can create space where our identities and our cultures can be expressed safely, in partnership with councils and venues that understand how important our communities are to us,” said Dr. Lady Phyll, the co-founder and CEO of UK Black Pride.
“We have been wholly impressed by the team at Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park and their enthusiasm to bring LGBTQI+ Black people and people of colour together for our annual event at such an iconic venue.
We strive to include a broad range of individuals, organisations and groups who aim to support our diverse community. It’s still not too late to take part in UK Black Pride.”
2022 is a special year for Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, marking 10 years since the world’s spotlight shone on London for the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games. In that time, the Park has delivered on its legacy promises creating a must-visit destination for east London which attracts six million visits a year, world class sport and entertainment events, thousands of new homes and two new business districts. That progress continues with more homes and jobs to be delivered and projects like East Bank, the most ambitious cultural and education district the country has seen for a generation, set to open soon.
The decision to move UK Black Pride to Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park came after many months of negotiations between UK Black Pride’s co-founder and Executive Director, Phyll Opoku-Gyimah, and the team at Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park.
This year’s theme is POWER!
Phyll Opoku-Gyimah: “Our vision for UK Black Pride has always been to meet and exceed the expectations of the communities we represent and fight for. Each year, we consider how – through programming, protest and politics – we can create space where our identities and our cultures can be expressed safely, in partnership with councils and venues that understand how important our communities are to us. We have been wholly impressed by the team at Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park and their enthusiasm to bring LGBTQI+ Black people and people of colour together for our annual event at such an iconic venue.”
Lyn Garner, Chief Executive, London Legacy Development Corporation, said: “We are delighted to host UK Black Pride on Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park. This year’s theme of power will resonate around the Park where huge transformation for the better is being delivered by placing inclusivity at the heart of everything we do.”
Each year, the UK Black Pride team chooses a theme they feel speaks to the current emotions and energies of LGBTQI+ Black people and people of colour in the UK, which operates as an animating and organising motivation for their annual event. The theme of UK Black Pride’s 2022 event is “Power”.
In a blog post released on the UK Black Pride website, Opoku-Gyimah writes:
“UK Black Pride is eternally indebted to the loving power of the Black queer women who founded and maintain us, and to those who continue to show up in spirit and in flesh to ensure our communities have a pride celebration all their own. We are grateful to those who express power rooted in a firm belief that equality is not a pipe dream or a nice-to-have, and those who harness their power to positively impact the lives of those who have been left behind and forgotten. We honour the power our communities continue to wield to ensure that our communities are defended and supported, loved and protected.”
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