Gay rights charity Stonewall has become a main sponsor of UK Black Pride.
Black Pride, to be held on Saturday August 14th, is the UK’s biggest celebration of African, Asian, Caribbean, Middle Eastern and Latin American LGBT people and their friends.
The theme for this year’s event is ‘Pride, A Deeper Love’ and Black Pride will be returning to Regent’s Park, London, for its fifth year.
Alongside the main stage and dance tents there will be licensed bars, world food, a VIP tent, secret garden, chill out zone and games area, as well as education and welfare workshops, community stalls, children’s area and much more.
Last year’s event saw 1,500 people buy wristbands and watch headliner Beverley Knight, plus dozens of LGBT acts and DJs.
The community event, which began in 2005 as a black lesbian and bisexual outing to Southend-on-Sea, has “pride before profit” as one of its slogans.
Phyllis Opoku-Gyimah, UK Black Pride director, said: “I’m thrilled that Stonewall has formalised its long standing support for our community-led initiative. The help they have gifted us will help to ensure that we put on a strong event that gives space to non-white LGBT people to showcase the best of who we are, as we see ourselves, rather than how others choose to portray us.
“Of course, UK Black Pride has always been an inclusive and everyone is welcome to join this celebration.”
Stonewall chief executive Ben Summerskill said: “Stonewall is proud to stand up for all lesbian, gay and bisexual people no matter what their ethnicity or nationality. That is evident in the work we do, and it’s why we’re proud to back UK Black Pride as a main sponsor.
“UK Black Pride shows the power of communities coming together to celebrate diversity. Stonewall encourages everyone to attend the festival.”
Tickets for Black Pride are on sale now and can be bought www.ukblackpride.org.uk with early bird prices until the end of this week.