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Phyll Opoku-Gyimah

FOUNDER

UK Black Pride

POSITION

FOUNDER

COMPANY

UK Black Pride

COUNTRY

United Kingdom

AGE

48 years

SCENE

Social

SOCIAL

Facebook

Twitter

What makes Phyll Opoku-Gyimah a Global Shaker?

Phyllis Akua Opoku-Gyimah, AKA Lady Phyll, is one of the UK’s most prolific LGBTQ+ activists.

She is the founder of UK Black Pride, which “promotes unity and co-operation among all Black people of African, Asian, Caribbean, Middle Eastern and Latin American descent, as well as their friends and families, who identify as Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual or Transgender.”Opoku-Gyimah sits on the Trades Union Congress (TUC) race relations committee and is currently a trustee of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) rights charity, Stonewall.

Alongside Rikki Beadle-Blair and John R Gordon, she is the editor of Sista!, an anthology of writings by LGBT women of African/Caribbean descent with a connection to the United Kingdom, released by Team Angelica Publishing in 2018, which includes work by 31 writers, including Yrsa Daley-Ward and Babirye Bukilwa.

In the 2016 New Year Honours, she publicly turned down an MBE, saying “LGBTQI people are still being persecuted, tortured and even killed” across the world by laws put in place by the British Empire.

Last updated: July 1, 2019