Pride Is Joy

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The Black LGBTQ+ community will always be celebrated at Black Ballad – this space is for us all, whether you ascribe to labels or not. But for Pride Month, let’s turn up the volume and be unapologetically vocal and clear about carving out room for Black queer people to express love, share experiences and, most importantly, feel joy.

We have, and will continue to, explore queer representation, history, safe spaces, arts & culture, identity, activism and more.

So, this Pride Month and beyond, celebrate Black queerness in all its forms with Black Ballad across our website and socials.

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Jasmine Lee-Zogbessou

Pride Is Joy: Celebrating Black Queerness In All Its Forms

Friday 3 June 2022 8:00 AM

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"I’ve come to learn the truly transformative power of black queer love."

How My Girlfriend Impacted My Perception Of Love


Jaydee Seaforth

When Are We Going To Take Bisexuality Seriously?

Tuesday 28 June 2022 8:00 AM

Jasmine Lee-Zogbessou

Here’s Why I Resent The Phrase ‘Coming Out’

Thursday 23 June 2022 8:00 AM

Jasmine Lee-Zogbessou

Digital Creator Natalie Lee On Shedding Shame For Sexual Freedom

Friday 10 June 2022 8:00 AM

Amanda Marufu

Challenging Bias & Championing LGBTQ+ Rights In Zimbabwe

Thursday 9 June 2022 8:00 AM

"They don’t take into consideration the nuance that comes with being queer and black. It’s not a one-size-fits-all liberating moment that many white people in the LGBTQ+ community think it is."

The Pressure Of Being Black, Queer And Partially Out


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"Coming out to my family has never been an option, so by moving back home, I would have to give up the freedoms I felt I had in the UK."

Moving To Zimbabwe As A Queer Child Of The Diaspora


Aimie Duggan

How I Went From Polyamorous To Celibate In A Year!

Monday 30 May 2022 8:00 AM


"The main issue lies in who has the decision-making power and the funds to document stories. That power by and large does not sit in Black LGBTQ+ hands and, as a result, our stories often go untold and overlooked."

- Filmmaker Cherish Oteka On ‘The Black Cop’, Buried Black British LGBTQ+ History & Why We Need Complicated Stories


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"There is a liberation that comes with being ‘allowed’ to express your identity while having a fantastic time and knowing you’re not sticking out like a sore thumb."

Leave Pxssy Palace Alone: Queer POC Spaces Are Essential For Our Community & Wellbeing


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Jendella Benson

Cherish Oteka On Buried Black British LGBTQ+ History

Wednesday 9 February 2022 8:00 AM

Rachel Ayeh-Datey

How My Girlfriend Impacted My Perception Of Love

Thursday 3 February 2022 11:00 AM

Jasmine Lee-Zogbessou

Queer POC Spaces Are Essential For Our Community & Wellbeing

Wednesday 2 February 2022 11:00 AM

Jasmine Lee-Zogbessou

Meagan Good & Jerrie Johnson On The Nuances Of Representation

Monday 6 December 2021 7:00 AM

Michelle Codrington-Rogers

Navigating Intersectionality As A Queer Couple In Oxfordshire

Tuesday 8 December 2020 7:00 AM

Mohasin Ahmed

Black, Queer And Clubbing In Scotland

Friday 4 December 2020 7:00 AM