Stonewall’s decision to boycott Pride In London has been slammed by one prominent BAME activist as not in the interest of ethnic minorities.
Yesterday, we reported that the UK’s largest LGBT+ charity, Stonewall, announced it was not going to march in this year’s parade, citing perceived issues with inclusivity and diversity. These are claims that Pride In London have strenuously denied.
One prominent activist has slammed the move, saying that it was “not the right move” for Stonewall to be making and that it is not in the interest of ethnic minority groups and called for all parties to “work together” for better representation.
Speaking to THEGAYUK.com, Edwin Sesange African LGBTI rights advocate said,
“The issue of racism and unfair representation of some communities in the LGBTI community is unacceptable and many organisations have been accused of the above in the past.
“Therefore I am not sure whether the boycott is the right move or in the best interest of ethnic minority groups.
“It is high time for all parties to work together towards a fairer representation.”
Just eight percent of Stonewall’s workforce are from BAME backgrounds according to the charity’s own website.
In 2011, according to the Office of National Statistics, around 14 percent of the UK’s population was from an ethnically diverse background.