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EVENT: GET AWAY, TAKE UP SPACE & EXPRESS YOURSELF

After what has been a(nother) challenging week for social justice in the UK, it is a pleasure to be able to share with you some exciting, good news. A get away Those of you who have been able to resist the lure of foreign travel today, if you are anything like me, will be largely relieved not to have had to run the gauntlet of … Continue reading EVENT: GET AWAY, TAKE UP SPACE & EXPRESS YOURSELF

Read: 30 years with HIV – celebrating life

On World AIDS Day BlackOutUK is compelled speak our truth. There’s guaranteed to be a wealth of statistics quoted throughout the day by professionals about Black Gay men. Over the last 40 years we have experienced the loss of dozens of friends, and lovers and a mother; among the earliest casualties of this global epidemic. Today we are reminded that in the UK, the US, and globally, Black Gay men are disproportionately impacted by HIV Continue reading Read: 30 years with HIV – celebrating life

WATCH: #Speechless Series No.4 ‘No where are you really from?’

The #SpeechlessSeries is a space for BlackoutUK contributors to provoke a conversation that challenges the silence. Here Rob Berkeley wishes that there was an easier answer to the ‘where are you from?’ question. “The writer trapped among a speechless people is in danger of becoming speechless himself. For then he has no mirror, no corroborations of his essential reality; and this means that he has no … Continue reading WATCH: #Speechless Series No.4 ‘No where are you really from?’

Read: Actions Speak Louder: Mike Daemon

I have experienced discrimination and intimidation first hand myself, and I know how it feels to not be able to speak up, or have someone speak up for you either. The frustration and helplessness that one feels can be very depressing. NoStringsNG is that voice for the voiceless sexual minority person in Nigeria and West Africa. Continue reading Read: Actions Speak Louder: Mike Daemon

READ: Reggie Yates, Willie and me

The words of James Baldwin, my greatest literary hero constantly speak to me: Something that irritates you and won’t let you go. That’s the anguish of it. Do this book, or die. You have to go through that. Talent is insignificant. I know a lot of talented ruins. Beyond talent lie all the usual words: discipline, love, luck, but most of all, endurance. Since I … Continue reading READ: Reggie Yates, Willie and me