The organization Global Black Pride, initially founded in 2020, is set to host its first-ever live events beginning in 2022.
Billed as “the first-ever and only global Pride event that brings together Black LGBTQI communities across all continents to celebrate their culture, diversity,” the group sprang to life in the summer of 2020, spurred by the nation’s ongoing social unrest. Because of limitations from the COVID-19 pandemic at the time, Global Black Pride has only been able to host virtual events — bringing in millions of participants in the process. But as The Advocate’s Alex Cooper reported, that will soon be changing.
In addition to announcing an in-person human rights conference, Cooper reported that Global Black Pride also named its leadership team comprised of a diverse group of LGBTQ+ leaders from around the globe, including locations in Africa, Europe, the Caribbean and North America.
In a statement, Global Black Pride’s co-founder and president Michal Ighodaro said, “Global Black Pride was founded to provide a space for all Black LGBTQI+ communities across the globe to feel seen and heard while celebrating and centering our diversities. Over the past months, our team has begun to build the structures and strategies that will help us shape and sustain the tasks set for ourselves. With that, we are committed to an inclusive and wide-reaching movement that brings all Black LGBQTI+ experiences and equity to the forefront unapologetically.”
Other members of the GBP leadership team will include vice-president Rikki Nathanson; chief of finance Kenita Placide, head of events, media and communication Gerald Garth; and advisory board chair Monroe France.
Phyll Opoku-Gyimah, British political activist and co-founder of U.K. Black Pride, has been named director of the group’s inaugural conference.
“The ultimate goal of Global Black Pride is to center, uplift and celebrate LGBTQI+ Black people and the cultures and issues that are important to us all,” Opoku-Gyimah told The Advocate. “Across the world, LGBTQI+ Black people help drive movements for justice and equality, have an outsized impact on popular culture, and contribute to societies in which our lived experiences are not taken into meaningful consideration.”
Besides its conference, GBP plans to have a festival, parade and other cultural events. The group will also be creating a fund designed to help individuals from around the world travel to the event.
The location for the first Global Black Pride will be announced this week.