Mushrooming poet and musical artist from Bulawayo Stewie Le Savage said they’re “super excited” to be performing at the 2021 Global Black Pride Celebrations where U.S President Joe Biden and First Lady Jill Biden will be speaking.
#enthuse caught up with Stewie over the phone and below is what they said.
About Global Black Pride
Founded in 2020 by Global Black Gay Men Connect, Global Black Pride is the first-ever and only global Pride event that brings together Black LGBTQI communities across all continents to celebrate their culture, diversity and provide a space for activists and community-based organizations across the globe to engage and reflect. This year’s theme, “What About Us” speaks to how frustrated and disappointed the queer community is as they’re continuously left behind globally.
The celebrations which will be primarily virtual with a small in-person gathering in Los Angeles, are supported by Grindr, Global Black Gay Men Connect (GBGMC), and other Black LGBTQI community-based organizations across the globe.
Just under two weeks ago, the organisers announced that the current US President Joe Biden and First Lady Jill Biden were joining the celebration as speakers.
In a statement to the press, Micheal Ighodaro, co-founder of Global Black Pride, said:
“We are so excited to see the U.S President and First Lady, showing up as allies for Black LGBQI community worldwide. The President recently issued a presidential memorandum aimed at expanding the protection of rights of LGBTQI people worldwide, and this takes that commitment a step further. Last year was the deadliest year on record for trans and gender-nonconforming individuals, with at least 40 murdered in the US and many more across the globe, with many victims being Black and Brown trans women. HIV also continues to disproportionately affect Black LGBTQI, new anti-LGBTQI laws in Uganda have been put into place, and just a few weeks ago nearly two dozen members of the LGBTQI community in Ghana were arrested. This year we are saying together, enough is enough, and we are glad the U.S President and First Lady are standing with us.”
2021 Global Black Pride Celebrations Performers & Speakers