UK Black Pride 2016

The theme for UK Black Pride (UKBP) 2016 was “Transforming Our Community” and that is exactly what was achieved at UKBP’s 11th annual pride event held in Vauxhall Pleasure Gardens. Once you strolled into the park you were greeted with the stewards from Pride in London who were flying rainbows flags. Which should have meant […]

Pride In London 2016

If Pride last year was a celebration of marriage equality, then this year it was definitely about supporting one another and coming together to celebrate our colourful community. After the tragic events in Orlando there was a sense of duty to come out and celebrate our LGBT+ siblings. London’s famous Oxford Street was drenched in […]

Finding A Voice

I grew up the youngest of seven in a fairly liberal, westernised family. My father was a founder member of Birmingham Central Mosque and my mum was a traditional housewife who managed to hold three part-time jobs as a cleaner as well as looking after the family and home.  Within our household, there always appeared to […]

This Week

I spend my life running from an amalgamation of truths, poverty, race, queerness, Islamaphobia and gender. It is an epic race, running and running. I have been running faster and faster the older I get, sweat running down my aging body as I jump over more and more hurdles – housing–running–health- running-education- running-work-running. This week […]

Meet The Event Planners

June is Pride Month and I caught up with Bruno Montenegro and Naomi Leach, who are both Assistants to the Festival Curator for Pride in London, and I wanted to know what goes into planning something like London Pride. The event has been criticised in the past for not representing the true diversity of the […]

Birmingham Pride

A.Z took a trip to Birmingham on 28th May in celebration of Birmingham Pride 2016. With over 75,000 spectators there to support the parade, the streets of Birmingham City Centre flourished with colour, energy and pride! The parade kicked off to an amazing start as teaching assistant Thomas Jones asked David Fox to marry him […]