Sheffield is a vibrant multicultural city and our BAMER pride (Black, Asian, minority ethnic and refugee) aims to create a safe space where BAMER LGBT+ people can be proud within their multiple identities.
This year's event is an evolution of our Black Pride event held last year, and the vision SAYiT has is of sharing the day with others from minority backgrounds. You’re able to see yourself reflected, and can relax, without having to explain, justify or assimilate yourself. It’s a feeling of recognition, of shared experience and ultimately a relief to realise you are not alone.
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.
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