Phyll Opoku-Gyimah is the Executive Director and Co-Founder of UK Black Pride, and Head of Campaigns at the largest civil service trade union. Here she tells 1000women about recognising intersectionality and learning to love your authentic self.
In anything that leaves people disadvantaged, marginalised, or depressed,
Hamida was raised in Liverpool within the Pathan community, one of the largest ethnic groups from Afghanistan. She is a feminist lesbian and activist, and currently instructs self defense to women and girls in California. Here she relates how she was brought up in a
Ravina was born in the UK and is of Indian descent. She identifies as a Sikh lesbian, having ended her marriage with a non-British man.
My story started when I developed an attraction to the same sex in secondary school. I had no exposure to the gay
Sana was born in Pakistan and moved to Birmingham in 2005, after being forced into marriage with a British Pakistani man. She identifies as a lesbian and is currently living in London as an asylum seeker.
My husband was an alcoholic, he used to take drugs,
Yvonne is a single lesbian mother who was diagnosed with paranoid schizophrenia over two decades ago. She now works for charity Thames Reach, and has also worked as a gay rights campaigner for more than thirty years.
I’ve been a lesbian since I left school. I
Sana was born in Pakistan and moved to Birmingham in 2005, after being forced into marriage. She identifies as a lesbian and is currently living in London as an asylum seeker.
Back in Karachi, Pakistan, my mum never had time for me. Our house was male-dominated
Moud became a refugee from Zimbabwe over six years ago. She now works at Micro Rainbow International, an organisation that provides support to LGBT asylum seekers and refugees.
Even after they get their status, most LGBT asylum seekers are still isolated, they are still living below
Sarah is from South Africa where she was victim of a horrendous practice called ‘corrective rape’. She identifies as a lesbian and was diagnosed with HIV in 2005.
I came to the UK in 2005 on a six month visa. When I left my country, things
Raisa is a South Asian queer artist and weaver based in London. Her work includes 'in/visible space', a photo series exploring places, people and their South Asian non-binary identities.
If I was going to do a photography piece about somewhere I feel safe to be South
Joy, of Nigerian descent, is a creative producer and writer, who works in both films and plays.
As a young girl growing up in Nigeria, the way my parents broached the subject of relationships with members of the opposite sex evolved something like this:
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