This June, BAMER Pride (Black, Asian, minority ethnic and refugee) is marking 50 years since the Stonewall Riots, which were led by BAMER LGBT+ people. The event makes space at Millennium Gallery for people from minority backgrounds to come together and be proud within their multiple identities, to see themselves reflected and recognised, without feeling the need to explain, justify or assimilate themselves.
The event is organised by volunteers and young people at SAYiT, an organisation dedicated to transforming the lives of LGBT+ young people in Sheffield since 1999.
In the organisers' words:
"BAMER LGBT+ people continue to face the double discrimination of homophobia, biphobia, or transphobia with racism. Where some people believe that having a BAMER pride promotes segregation within the LGBT+ community, we believe BAMER Pride does something that Pride can not. It focuses on the intersections within a person’s identity and gives voices to people less often heard on a platform. Being part of the BAMER community as well as questioning your sexuality or gender identity can be difficult as you straddle the two communities. You may bury a part of your identity in order to fit in or become ostracized from one of the communities.
Celebrating BAMER pride is important as being LGBT+ is one thing, but being ethnically or culturally “other” is another, and reconciling the two is of utmost importance."
There'll be performances from singer-songwriter Jess Gardham, poet Monique Russell and more, plus stalls and speeches.