Rated: Pride 2019 Special – part one

Each month, Rated lists our favourites: the must-sees, must-be-seen-ats, have-you-reads, ins and outs, and up and downs for your diaries.

While our friends across the Atlantic have finished sweeping up ticker tape and removing glitter from almost every crevice as US Pride month draws to a close, over here, we’re just warming up. Thanks to NYC World Pride for such an amazing commemoration of the half-century since the Stonewall uprising, as well as the NYC Reclaim Queer Pride March who reminded the world of the radical focus on a different, fairer future that queer politics and activism have created. Thanks especially for placing trans women of colour at the forefront of the party, like they were at the forefront of the rebellion that emboldened a movement for queer rights, and to this day remain at the forefront of violence, rejection and exclusion. The World Pride committee also had the good sense to invite our ‘local girl turned good’, Lady Phyll of UK Black Pride and Kaleidoscope Trust to be Grand Marshal with the cast of the phenomenal, breakthrough drama, Pose. We always knew Lady Phyll deswas worthy of a global stage; it suited her. Our favourite picture from the parade though, was by the group from Rainbow Noir – a long way from Canal Street.

Having already tore up Birmingham Pride back in May, Rainbow Noir of Manchester take on the World (Pride)
Here is a T-shirt that didn’t make it into our Revolutionary Love 2019 T-Shirt Collection available from our friends at Unapologaytic – nonetheless we’d wear it!

As London gears up to welcome Pose star, and man-in-a-dress of the moment, Billy Porter, for its own Pride March, and UK Black Pride moves to its new larger East London location, we list some highlights among the many events and happenings being created by and for queer people of colour in London, and around the UK


Pride July 2019


Something . . .

After a hectic weekend of partying, what better (except for another hectic weekend of partying)? Join Full Lips The Podcast and BlackOut friend, dancer and yogi Gerard Martin for an intimate yoga and life drawing session at a beautiful manor house Spaces are filling up fast. Lola has kindly offered a space to be won by a BlackOut reader – check out our Facebook page for details
Sat 13th July
South London
Meet Joshua Royal
Sri Lanka-born Brit, Joshua is offering a 1hr Ballet Beginners class for all. His training includes: The Royal Ballet School, Central School of Ballet . He was semi-finalist In ‘Young British Dancer of The Year 2006’ & has danced with The Royal Ballet, Vienna Festival Ballet and the English National Ballet .
18 or 25th August
Holborn W1

Something . . .

Bedford based Power in Discussion create safer spaces for  meaningful conversations for those who are often silenced or erased from wider discussions. They are tackling LGBTQ rights as the focus of their July discussion. Looks like it will be a lively one, but also an important topic to be addressed by this forum. If you are in/near Bedfordshire next weekend then ‘join the conversation’ in a supportive and constructive environment
Sat 13 July
Brought to you by new platform PRIM and podcast Shamelessly Sade, the queer Black book club hosts a Black Pride special. You can tell they’re serious; only quality book clubs include the author in the discussion circle! Yrsa Ward-Daley joins. With an art exhibition, presentation on Afro-Brasilien storytelling and a discussion about Pride – perhaps they’ve got some candidates for #RevolutionaryLove
Fri, 5 July 2019
19:00 – 22:00 

Something . . .


Robert Taylor’s charm-powered response to the ‘Chosen Families’ theme of the Levi’s/Queer Britain pop up museum this week lifted our spirits. It came and went quickly. Looking forward to this exhibition and to more imaginative Queer Britain link-ups like this popping up in the future
29 June – 1 July
London W1

PRIDE Nights Saturday 6th July


Watch Rev Jide Macaulay as he challenges the Church of England to live up to its mission – and become a church that is truly inclusive of all God’s children. Jide has made both the theological study and ministry to LGBTQ people a core part of his vocation, so this should be required watching for all those of Christian faith.
11th July
BBC One 10.35

Something . . .

Impulse London presents…. ‘Bring It To The Runway’
TONIGHT
Trade your slut drop for a squat, strut it out on the treadmill and LETS WERK! We want you to step into Pride feeling positive about every inch of your beautiful, unique and fierce body. So time to pull out your best 2 piece, short shorts and pumps and BRING IT TO THE RUNWAY!
SOLD! You had me at ‘Taofique
D’Relle West of The House of West will be in conversation at Tate Modern with Rhona Ezuma, editor in chief of THIIIRD magazine and producer Daniela Hornskov Sun. The in conversation will be followed by a Q&A and a workshop that will teach vogue dance moves
10 July 2019 at 19.00–20.30

PRIDE Nights Sunday 7th July



Look out for Part 2 of Pride 2019 Rated – coming soon


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