UK Black Pride – Sun 20th Aug 2023

UK Black Pride returns to Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park for this year’s annual event.

This year the CWU at National and regional level, will, be fully supporting the UK Black Pride event as set out below. More information can be found on the UK Black Pride web page
Branch reps, officers and members should attend this event to support such an important issue regarding Black LGBT+ and Trans awareness and support.
Want to attend? – Contact one of our branch officers.

After a record-breaking event in 2022, that saw over 25,000 people party and protest in Stratford, UK Black Pride returns to celebrate its 18th year of bringing the community together. Once again taking place in Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, the annual event will take place on 20th August 2023.
Map to the Olympic Park nearest Tub Hackney Wick or train station Stratford International.,-0.0137903,16z/data=!4m6!3m5!1s0x48761d6f0c0dfe91:0x9f8a1be15e0d425c!8m2!3d51.5441976!4d-.0159001!16zL20vMDdoeTNk?entry=ttu

The world’s largest pride celebration for LGBTQI+ people of African, Asian, Caribbean, Latin American and Middle Eastern-descent has continued to grow year-on-year. From a busload of attendees travelling to Southend-on-Sea to 10,000 people in Haggerston Park, UK Black Pride is proud to return to Newham, the largest space the organisation has occupied since its inception.
UK Black Pride co-founder and Executive Director Lady Phyll Opoku-Gyimah says, “when a group of Black lesbians and I set out to create our own Pride event, as the others felt exclusive and unwelcoming, we were told we’d never get anyway. That no one would support us, and that any community built around a ‘Black pride’ would fade away. Here we are, 18 years later. Bigger, bolder, braver, and brighter than ever. It’s been a journey, and we have to thank everyone from the community that has been with us at every and any stage. 2023 marks a historic year for us, and to be able to return to Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, where we saw 25,000 people share their joy and queerness with us, is incredible. We cannot wait to welcome our family back and continue to leave a legacy for the next generation of Black and POC queer love and progress”.

After last year’s success, UK Black Pride needed a sizable space and after many months of negotiations between UK Black Pride, Newham Council, and the team at Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, it became clear that remaining at Olympic Park was the best way forward. The application for performers, community stallholders, food and drink vendors and workshop hosts will be open soon.
A separate announcement will be made with the theme of this year’s event.