UK Black Pride is Europe’s largest celebration for BME people who identify as LGBT+. The event was created as a safe space to celebrate diverse sexualities, gender identities, cultures, gender expressions and backgrounds, while also fostering, representing and celebrating Black LGBTQ and QTIPOC (Queer, Transgender and Intersex People of Colour) culture through education, the arts, cultural events and advocacy.
The LGBT+ rights charity Stonewall has stated its research shows over half of BME LGBT+ people (51%) reported they had faced discrimination from within the LGBT+ community. UK Black Pride exists to promote unity and cooperation while celebrating all members of the LGBT+ community and the myriad cultures and backgrounds that it brings together.
This year, the University of Leeds is proud to mark UK Black Pride by flying the LGBT+ flag throughout the day and, in the evening, by lighting up the Parkinson Building, multi-story car park and Laidlaw Library in pink, representing the reclaimed pink triangle symbol of the entire LGBT+ community.
Find out more information about UK Black Pride and events around the country.