At its heart, UKBP is a space that strives to give all marginalised minorities a voice. Over the span of 15 years, the event has cultivated an environment that caters to the various cultures, upbringings and backgrounds of queer people of colour. Although Yasmine felt a sense of exclusion when it came to UKBP, the importance of the event is not lost on her. “Mainstream Pride events often feel really white so it’s good to have an event for people of colour,” Yasmine explains. “I guess there’s also a bit more of a stigma when it comes to sexuality and ethnic minorities, so UKBP is great for those who don’t have enough support from their family.”
Looking ahead, Sanjay, Yasmine and Kemi all hope to attend the diverse celebration in the future. “I’m a bit embarrassed by the fact that I thought it was exclusively for Black people, but this interview enlightened me. Catch me at the next UK Black Pride!” Yasmine says. When asked if they would be in attendance for future UK Black Pride events, both Sanjay and Kemi said yes. “I would definitely give it a go,” Kemi adds.
The Love and Rage theme of this year’s UKBP is set to be a digital celebration unlike any other. The founder of UKBP, Lady Phyll, has described the forthcoming festivity as a “space where each of you can show up as all of who you are, with your rage and disappointment, with your unyielding love and capacity for joy.” UKBP is an LGBTQ+ event that has grown from humble beginnings. Created as a resource and soundboard for Black and Brown queer voices, this crucial event continues to champion queer people of colour who are often overlooked. It’s more than just a celebration during Pride season, it’s a much-needed time for queer people of colour to freely live their truth.