The LGB&T Dorset Equality Network salutes UK Black Pride for its banning of ‘Hostile Environment’ Home Office from its Pride 2019. This decision is one that we strongly commend due to the deaths and extreme suffering caused by the UK Home Office & Immigration Tribunal’s ‘Hostile Environment’ to genuine LGBT+ asylum seekers and refugees. You can read more here: https://www.indy100.com/article/black-pride-home-office-banned-lgbt-london-haggerston-park-8988416
The Network was shocked to learn that the Home Office had attempted for its own ‘tick box,’ extremely distasteful purposes, to disingenuously have a presence at this year’s UK Black Pride event. We salute the decision of UK Black Pride to remove such a presence in light of the extreme lengths the Home Office and its close de-facto revealed ally, the supposedly ‘independent’ Immigration Tribunal, are continuing to be committed to destroy LGBT lives through its focused, deliberate campaign to drive genuine LGBT asylum seekers and refugees (and LGBT British Citizens who are gay, and in loving committed same-sex marriages with overseas nationals) away from or out of the UK using extensive abuses of powers and process to do so.
The Network itself has been being de-facto attacked, undermined for some considerable time by the Hostile Environment lead entities, as is known in the Dorset area not only by community members, but by others, including statutory sector organisations that have operational level direct contact with the lead organisations implementing the Hostile Environment. We however have been courageously resisting such homophobic derived bullying, successfully, and will continue to do so, so we can comtinue to serve our LGB&T community both locally and nationally, including our BAME LGB&T community members who have been particularly targetted by the Hostile Environment.
You may be interested in reading the following: https://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/home-office-gay-pride-asylum-refused-kenneth-macharia-bristol-bisons-a8943376.html
We at the LGB&T Dorset Equality Network are delighted to be playing our part including at Select Committees level in Parliament, concerning exposing the inhumanity and abuses of power & process at the heart of the anti-LGBT component of the Hostile Environment. More news on this soon, including our LUSH supported information resourcev initiative … http://lgbtdorsetequality.network/network-secures-lush-grant-in-support-of-protecting-lgbt-human-rights/
Well done to UK Black Pride for not tolerating the Home Office attempt to insinuate its hypocritical presence at this year’s UK Black Pride. This decision by UK Black Pride affirms that lost and destroyed BAME LGBT lives inflicted by the anti-LGBT component of the Hostile Environment matter More than giving a platform to those knowingly, willfully involved in the most extreme forms of homophobia, bi-phobia, and transphobia.