Pride in London 2024

Foundation marches with community partners, Hopscotch, Kali Network & Naz Project London

We were absolutely honoured to march again in Pride in London 2024 with our community partners, Hopscotch Women’s Centre, Club Kali Network, and Naz Project London.

With over 115 individuals registered to march us, this was the largest community group, our pride family, coming together in solidarity and support for our communities and each other’s organisation.

Why pride is important for our community

For many people in our community, marching and Pride in London is a pivotal milestone in their journey towards accepting themselves, and finding acceptance from their parents and others in the community.

To march in front of over 1 million people through the streets of London, takes a huge amount of courage.

It helps to build confidence, strength and resilience.

I often hear individuals who march with us, say that the experience was transformational in their journey. For others, it’s their first time meeting others from the same religious or cultural background.

Pride is a protest, and always will be for us and our work.

It’s also one of the biggest opportunities of the year to positively impact the vulnerable LGBTQI+ individuals who come to us for support.

Our core messages

  1. Parental Acceptance, through our one-day annual celebration of proud parents on the 30th of July – Out and Proud Parents Day.
  2. Support for Parents, through our monthly support group for South Asian parents of LGBTQI+ children – Rainbow Chai.
  3. Support for LGBTQI+ individuals and parents from all religious and culturally conservative backgrounds – Naz and Matt Foundation.
  4. Support our trans and non-binary siblings.

About Hopscotch Women’s Centre

Hopscotch Women’s Centre in Camden is a vital organisation dedicated to supporting and empowering Black, Asian, Minority Ethnic, and Refugee (BAMER) women. Located in the heart of Camden, London, Hopscotch aims to address the complex issues these women face, including domestic abuse, unemployment, health inequalities, and social isolation.

Since its inception, Hopscotch has been a beacon of hope for many, providing a wide range of services such as advocacy, employment training, health awareness, and support groups. One of their key programs includes domestic violence support, which offers confidential advice and help to women in crisis.

Additionally, they run various workshops that equip women with essential skills for entering the workforce, thereby fostering economic independence and resilience.

Hopscotch also actively engages with the local community to promote cultural understanding and integration. By advocating for the rights of BAMER women, Hopscotch Women’s Centre not only enhances their well-being but also contributes to building a more inclusive and supportive society.

About Club Kali

Club Kali is a safe, supporting community that has been spearheading the LGBTQ+ for the South Asian community scene since 1995.

Named after the Hindu goddess associated with empowerment, Club Kali is known as the world’s biggest LGBTQ+ party where South Asian culture meets the queer community.

Based in London, this club night offers a unique space for individuals from diverse backgrounds, particularly those of South Asian descent, to celebrate their identity in a safe, supportive environment.

Club Kali’s events blend DJ-driven dance music with traditional South Asian beats, creating an eclectic and vibrant party atmosphere. More than just a dance club, it serves as a community hub where members can find support, friendship, and acceptance.

By fostering such a welcoming space, Club Kali plays a crucial role in promoting inclusivity and cultural pride within the LGBTQ+ community.

About Naz Project London

Naz Project London (NPL) is a pivotal organization dedicated to improving the sexual health and wellbeing of minority ethnic communities in London. Founded in 1991, NPL specifically addresses the unique challenges faced by Black, Asian, and Minority Ethnic (BAME) individuals within these populations, particularly concerning HIV and other sexual health issues.

The organisation provides a comprehensive range of services, including sexual health education, HIV testing, counselling, support groups, and advocacy. Naz Project London’s efforts are tailored to be culturally sensitive, recognising the diverse cultural and religious backgrounds of the communities it serves. Their programs aim to reduce the stigma and discrimination associated with HIV and sexual health issues in these communities, enhancing overall public health outcomes.

Naz Project London also collaborates with other health and social service providers to ensure that their clients have access to the necessary care and information, promoting better health practices and empowering individuals to make informed decisions about their sexual health.