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Black History Month Hero: James Baldwin

Black History Month Hero: James Baldwin

Today's #BlackHistoryMonth LGBT+ hero is writer James Baldwin, picked by writer James McDermott who tells us: he was a pioneer for black and gay rights and reading Giovanni's Room at 18 years old made me feel seen, understood, less alone and showed me that gay lives...

Black History Month Hero: Gladys Bentley

Black History Month Hero: Gladys Bentley

Gladys Bentley is today’s #BlackHistoryMonth LGBT+ hero, nominated by Mary Benefiel Dunn, composer of Sing with Pride’s micro-opera “I fancied a guy”. Mary writes: Gladys Bentley was a gender-bending performer during the Harlem Renaissance. Donning a top hat and...

Black History Month Hero: Johnny Mathis

Black History Month Hero: Johnny Mathis

Johnny Mathis has been chosen as today’s #BlackHistoryMonth LGBT+ hero, nominated by Pride volunteer Lyn who says: “I’ve seen him in concert about 7 times. It’s something special I do with my mum. He’s her number 1 singer. When I was young I used to save my pocket...

Black History Month Hero: Angela Davis

Black History Month Hero: Angela Davis

Angela Davis is today's #BlackHistoryMonth LGBT+ Hero, nominated by Tonia who’s part of the Norwich and Norfolk Anti-Racist Solidarity Network. Tonia says: I can’t let Black History Month go by without nominating Angela Davis - activist, academic, author and all round...

Black History Month Hero: Layton Williams

Black History Month Hero: Layton Williams

Layton Williams is today's #BlackHistoryMonth LGBT+ hero, nominated by our head of entertainment Joe who says ... "Layton is a brilliant performer, including iconic LGBT+ roles on stage and screen including Angel (Rent), Jamie (Everybody's Talking About Jamie) and...

Black History Month LGBT+ hero: Ana Guina e Silva

Black History Month LGBT+ hero: Ana Guina e Silva

We are delighted that today's #BlackHistoryMonth LGBT+ hero is a local person - Ana Guina e Silva nominated by Pride volunteer Colleen who writes: Ana is a documentary producer covering LGBT issues, and the black experience. Together, we have made the ‘What does Pride...

Black History Month Hero: Edward Enninful

Black History Month Hero: Edward Enninful

Today's Black History Month LGBT+ hero is Edward Enninful, chosen by Pride-goer Jess who writes...   Edward is best known for being the first black editor of British Vogue, and in fact any mainstream UK fashion magazine. He has not only revolutionised the face of...

Black History Month Hero: Liz Johnson Artur

Black History Month Hero: Liz Johnson Artur

Today's Black History Month LGBT+ Hero is the photographer Liz Johnson Artur chosen by Sing with Pride soprano Jane who writes.....   I’ve chosen the artist Liz Johnson Artur because through her photography of ordinary lives she is making Black British history and...

Black History Month Hero: Bayard Rustin

Black History Month Hero: Bayard Rustin

Today’s Black History Month LGBT+ hero is Bayard Rustin - American leader in activism and social movements for civil rights, gay rights, nonviolence and socialism - chosen by Pride artist Drew who tells us... Bayard Rustin was a civil rights organiser and activist, in...

Black History Month Hero: Zavion Michael Davenport (aka Chi Chi DeVayne)

Black History Month Hero: Zavion Michael Davenport (aka Chi Chi DeVayne)

Today's Black History Month LGBT+ hero is Zavion Michael Davenport (aka Chi Chi DeVayne), nominated by The Workshop in King’s Lynn. They tell us: Zavion, better known by the stage name Chi Chi Devayne, was an American drag queen and reality television personality who...

Black History Month Hero: Johannes Radebe

Black History Month Hero: Johannes Radebe

Johannes Radebe is today's Black History Month LGBT+ hero, nominated by Pride-goer Ruth Howett who tells us: Johannes grew up in South Africa where his mother encouraged him to pursue his love of ballroom dancing despite the homophobic bullying he received. He joined...

Black History Month Hero: Audre Lorde

Black History Month Hero: Audre Lorde

Audre Lorde described herself as a 'black lesbian mother warrior poet'. She is today's #BlackHistoryMonth LGBT+ hero, chosen by Deb, Norwich Pride Secretary. Born in New York in 1934, Lorde worked as a librarian for many years before she published her first volume of...

Black History Month Hero: Munroe Bergdorf

Black History Month Hero: Munroe Bergdorf

Munroe Bergdorf is today's #BlackHistoryMonth LGBT+ hero, nominated by our head of funding Robert who says: "She is an amazing trans activist and all round strong anti-racist role model. I love her Instagram. Patron of Mermaids, face of L'Oréal. Queen."   TIME...

Black History Month Hero: Lil Nas X

Black History Month Hero: Lil Nas X

Today's Black History Month LGBT+ Hero is Lil Nas X nominated by Betsy Furber who says "He's very new to the music industry but he just seems like the sweetest person on earth. And I love that he embodies Prince/David Bowie's sense flamboyant/androgynous style. I feel...

Black History Month Hero: Alice Walker

Black History Month Hero: Alice Walker

The writer Alice Walker is today's Black History Month LGBT+ hero, nominated by Pride-goer Wendy who writes: Alice Malsenior Tallulah-Kate Walker is a novelist, short story writer, poet, and social activist. In 1982, she wrote the novel The Color Purple, for which she...

Black History Month Hero: Kele Okereke

Black History Month Hero: Kele Okereke

Happy Monday everyone. Today's Black History Month hero is Kele Okereke, lead singer of the band Bloc Party, nominated by Norwich Pride Trustee Nick, who writes: Kele Okereke is one of the only queer, black singers in an indie band of his generation. Silent Alarm by...

Black History Month: Laverne Cox

Black History Month: Laverne Cox

Laverne Cox is today’s Black History Month LGBT+ hero, nominated by Pride ally The Garage. They write: Laverne Cox is an American actress and LGBTQ+ advocate. She rose to prominence with her role as Sophia Burset on the Netflix series Orange is the New Black, becoming...

Black History Month Hero: Sylvester

Black History Month Hero: Sylvester

Happy Saturday eveyone! Today's Black History Month LGBT+ hero is Sylvester, nominated by Pride Performer Sue Lane. Sue says: Sylvester arguably moved disco in a new direction, although he hadn’t intended to be a disco star. His soaring falsetto voice worked perfectly...