UK Black Pride 2018: Shades of the Diaspora


UK Black pride 2018 was held on Sunday July 8 at Vauxhall Pleasure Gardens, London. It was indeed a celebration of black LGBT1Q . The theme was Shades Of The Diaspora. I was there to celebrate all that is black and beautiful with my black LGBTIQ community and our allies. It was a protest and a party.

Hello from UK Black Pride, the party is rocking!

The party rocked! The vibrant, energetic performers on stage and the beautiful roaring crowd reminded me of what it is to be Black, Bold, Beautiful and Proud. Partying with my Black Lgbtiq community, I definitely felt like I belonged there.

Special thanks to the organisers for persistently organising UK Black pride despite all the negativity from these who seek to subjugate our spirit and never really make us feel belonged or truly included in the mainstream lgbt community. Also, a big shout out to all the volunteers and everyone who worked tirelessly behind the scenes to bring us a fun, successful, UK Black Pride. Solidarity forever.

It was indeed the largest UK Black Pride ever. The crowd was huge from every corner and angle. So many beautiful people and a rich diversity of cultures. The talents on stage were great, the crowd was energetic and made me realised i need to brush up on my dance steps. So much twerking from all genders that I was reminded twerking is a black thing , and will always be.

Kudos to the organisers for another successful UK Black Pride. I am already looking forward to an even bigger, colourful UK Black Pride and a more inclusive Pride every corner of the globe.

To voiceless LGBTIQs who cannot afford to hold or attend a Pride, I say Stand Tall, you are not forgotten. Rainbow will always shine through the clouds. Stay positive and live your truth in pride. Love, always.

Enjoy the pics and videos from my lens!

Always a pleasure to reunite with friends at this wonderful event.

I finally managed to sit my tired ass down. It was nice just sitting down watching the performers and the beautiful crowd do their thing. A day well spent refuelling and connecting with every side of my personal and political self.

Calling it a day! Bye for now, see ya all next year.

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Comments

  1. jazzlet says

    I’ve admired all of the dresses you have worn at the Pride events you have been posting about, but this one is just the best! Glad you got to re-charge at a great event, just wish I was closer to London!

  2. Yemisi Ilesanmi says

    @jazzlet- Thanks, now you’ve made me love this dress just a little bit more! 🙂
    It was a perfect combination of political and fun; one minute i was moved to tears by a power political speech, the next minute i was twerking to a great tune! Maybe you can make it next year? 🙂

  3. jazzlet says

    Going to see if I can make it to Manchester Pride on the Bank Holiday weekend, I only live in Stockport, but I’ve a chronic pain problem that limits what I do. One of my things to change to improve my life is doing positive things like Pride, I’m hoping I have the energy … 🙂

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