The Top Black LGBTQ+ Speakers
The LGBTQ+ community has come a long way in recent years, but there is still much work to be done to achieve full equality and acceptance. Over the years, there have been many Black LGBTQ+ figures who have played vital roles in this movement, and who can provide a unique perspective on the intersection of race and sexuality.
We are proud to work with such a diverse range of Black LGBTQ+ speakers who can share their own experiences of discrimination and prejudice, and offer insights into the specific challenges that Black LGBTQ+ people face in today’s society.
The Benefits of Hiring a Black LGBTQ+ Speaker for your Event
Our Black LGBTQ+ speakers can be a powerful force for change. They use their platforms to educate others about LGBTQ+ issues and to advocate for LGBTQ+ rights, specifically those that affect the Black LGBTQ+ communities. They can also discuss the history of the LGBTQ+ movement and the progress that has been made in recent years.
Our roster comprises activists, athletes, authors and educators, with each speaker bringing a different perspective to the table but all sharing the common goal to inspire and educate.
Top Black LGBTQ+ Speakers available to book
Lady Phyll Opoku-Gyimah
Lady Phyll is a force to be reckoned with. Best known as the founder of UK Black Pride, she is a trailblazer in the fields of racial equality and queer activism. UK Black Pride is one of Europe’s largest events for the Black LGBTQ+ community, and Lady Phyll is one of the most prominent Black lesbian activists of our time.
Also, the executive director of the human rights charity Kaleidoscope Trust, Lady Phyll, has spent much of her life speaking out against the intersection of racism and homophobia.
Colin Jackson is a British Olympic Silver medallist and BBC Sports presenter. In an interview for a Swedish documentary, Rainbow Heroes, Colin revealed how he had not previously spoken of his sexuality.
At the age of 50, Colin revealed that he told his parents about his sexuality back in 2006 after a former romantic partner sold a story to a tabloid newspaper. Colin has since spoken out about the stigma around gay athletes and the turmoil he suffered from not being able to express his true self.
Nicola Adams is a former professional boxer. Nicola was named the most influential LGBT person in Britain by The Independent in 2012 and has also been included in the annual Powerlist, being recognised as one of the most influential Black Britons.
In 2020, Nicola Adams competed on BBC One’s Strictly Come Dancing and made history as one part of the first-ever same-sex couple to be featured on the show, alongside professional dancer Katya Jones. She stood brave in the face of Ofcom complaints when this was announced and is a hugely popular LGBT+ speaker for events of all kinds.
Anita Asante is a British-Ghanaian ex-football player. Anita is married to British reporter and former Welsh hockey star Beth Fisher.
In her sport, Anita won 71 caps for the England national team and was selected in the Great Britain squad for the 2012 London Olympics.
Anita has spoken openly about racism and homophobia in sports, particularly in football. She is a captivating and inspiring speaker.
Twayna Mayne is a writer, stand up comedian and LGBTQIA ambassador. Her highly anticipated live show Black Girl received excellent critical acclaim at the Edinburgh Fringe and her follow up BBC Radio 4 series and BBC Sounds roundtable discussion format Twayna Mayne: Black Woman went on to win Best Comedy Production at the BBC Radio & Music Awards 2020, a second series followed in 2021.
Dame Kelly Holmes
Dame Kelly Holmes is a former middle-distance runner and Olympic champion. Kelly revealed that she was gay back in, after 35 years of hiding her true identity and battling with breakdowns, suicidal thoughts and years of self-harm as a result.
The double gold medal winner is now a phenomenal speaker on LGBTQ+ issues, particularly those relating to her own lived experience. She discusses stigmas, racism and homophobia in sports and how she has remained resilient in the face of adversity.
Want to book a speaker?
As we approach events such as Pride Month, LGBTQ+ History Month, National Coming Out Day, International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia and Transphobia, Lesbian Visibility Day and World AIDS Day, consider booking a Black LGBTQ+ speaker to talk to or your team.
The intersection between race and sexuality presents incredibly unique challenges, and our speakers can educate your teams about exactly what those challenges are and how we can all become better allies to Black and LGBTQ+ communities.