UK Black Pride kicked off today (9 July) for its twelfth year.
The event, held the day after Pride in London, promotes unity among all British black, Asian and minority ethnic communities.
It’s a family-friendly event in Vauxhall Gardens park with cook-outs, inspiring speeches and plenty of furry friends.
It’s important because it allows LGBTI people of color an opportunity to set out their own agenda.
As Reverend Irene Monroe writes for Gay Star News: ‘LGBTIs of color did not experience cultural acceptance from larger Prides.
‘Most Prides are predominantly white events, leaving people of color excluded and invisible.
‘So, after decades of pride events where many LGBTIs of color tried to be included and weren’t, our communities founded Black, Asian and Latino Prides.’
Gay Star News went down to the park to snap some photos of all the fun in the sun.
Gay Star News is a media partner of UK Black Pride and Pride in London.