Black Excellence: Meet a new generation of activists

This issue is dedicated – in large part – to the queer people of colour who continue to fight for equality, justice and visibility all over the world.

Fresh from a media firestorm surrounding comments she made about white supremacy, we talk to Munroe Bergdorf about the importance of speaking up.

“White people need to realise that this anger is valid, it’s important. The anger is the symptom of our oppression, not the cause of the divide.”

Jason Okundaye, who faced potential expulsion from university when he made claims about widespread and unaddressed racism in the UK, says he won’t be deterred from his battle to “decolonise” university curriculums.

“By decolonising we mean ensuring that curriculums don’t simply present heterosexual white men as dominating our resources and ensuring that the voices of women, queer people and people of colour are represented in education.”

Bisi Alimi is a passionate and outspoken activist whose work focuses on the liberation of LGBT+ Nigerians, who are suffering at the hands of a pernicious and heartbreaking oppression. In this issue he reiterates his commitment to fighting for the freedom of his Nigerian siblings.

“I’ve taken it upon myself to make sure that only death will stop me from overturning Nigeria’s anti-gay laws.”

In this issue we also speak to Travis Alabanza on how they use performance as a salve for healing; and we look at how Civil Rights strategist Bayard Rustin paved the way for generations of young activists; and how musicians like Sylvester and Ma Rainey set the blueprint for artists like Prince, Beyonce and Rihanna.

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