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50 Black History Month Heroes

50 Black History Month Heroes

Here are the 50 Black History Month LGBT+ heroes nominated in October 2020. This project will have a legacy. We are committed to being an anti-racist organisation and raising the voices and sharing the stories of BAME LGBT+ people. If you would like to know more about...

20 Black History Month Heroes

20 Black History Month Heroes

It’s the last day of Black History Month 2020 and so far we've had 30 LGBT+ heroes nominated by the Norfolk LGBT+ community for our daily celebrations. We have heard some wonderful, personal stories about why these people are heroes to our nominators. However there...

Black History Month Hero: Nina Simone

Black History Month Hero: Nina Simone

Nina Simone is today’s #BlackHistoryMonth LGBT+ hero, nominated by Community Librarian Jo who writes: I coincidently went into labour on the last day of black history month 2007 and one of the reasons that we chose the name Nina for my youngest daughter, who was born...

Black History Month Hero: Colin Jackson

Black History Month Hero: Colin Jackson

Today’s #BlackHistoryMonth LGBT+ hero is another athlete who’s appeared on Strictly - hurdler Colin Jackson chosen by Bernie from the Mature Gay Community who says: “he is an inspirational athlete and also a very good dancer. He overcame his shyness.and is very...

Black History Month Hero: Nicola Adams

Black History Month Hero: Nicola Adams

Today’s #BlackHistoryMonth LGBT+ hero is Nicola Adams, chosen by Frances who writes: As an ex-Norwicher, I nominate Nicola Adams, Boxer and now star of Strictly. I never thought I'd get into boxing but I've found boxercise is a really good and fun way to keep fit....

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...