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Black History Month Trailblazers - Phyll Opoku-Gyimah

Monday 21 October 2013 Black Students

As part of our Black History Month celebration, we will be featuring a trailblazer from Black history each week. This week it's Phyll Opoku-Gyimah, the founder of UK Black Pride.

Phyll Opoku-Gyimah, otherwise known as Lady Phyll, co-founded UK Black Pride back in 2005.

She set up the organisation after coming to the realisation there was a lack of space for Black LGBT men, women and trans people to foster a sense of pride in their identities. The organisation was set up to promote unity and co-operation among all Black people of African, Asian, Caribbean, Middle Eastern and Latin American descent, as well as their friends and families, who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual or trans.

Phyll has continued to be a leading figure behind the celebration for Black LGBT communities to take pride in their ethnicity and sexuality. She has worked tirelessly to build UK Black Pride by bringing together LGBT activists, artists, volunteers and supporters from across the LGBT community.

Her efforts were recognised with a nomination as ‘Woman of the Year’ at the Black LGBT Community Awards 2007, as a top-50 entrant in the Independent’s Pink List 2012, a top-100 entrant in the World Pride Power List 2012, a Prime Minister’s Big Society Award nomination in 2012, and invitation to judge the Stonewall Awards 2012.

Phyll has also led UK Black Pride to win Black LGBT Community Awards in 2006 and 2007, the Pink Paper Readers’ Award and the Stonewall Community Award in 2011.

Read more about UK Black pride here.