Phyll Opoku-Gyimah has dedicated her career to activism for the Black and LGBT+ communities, widely known as the Co-Founder and Executive Director of UK Black Pride. Recognised as one of the UK’s most prominent Lesbian activists, it is with no doubt that Phyll is a role model to many. Named as one of the 100 Great Black Britons in 2020 and named on the Pride Power List in 2021, Phyll is now highly sought after as a speaker to share her passions for LGBT+ and Black human rights. Book Phyll Opoku-Gyimah today when looking for a speech on the importance of intersectionality, equality and inclusion today.
Before her career as the Executive Director of UK Black Pride, Phyll dedicated 12 years to working as a Civil Servant in the Department for Work and Pensions. She later moved on to become the Head of Political Campaigns and Equality for the Public and Commercial Services Union. Working closely with the UK Government for many years, Phyll saw first-hand the injustice that faced many people on a daily basis, and began her passionate mission as a human rights activist. Back in 2005, Phyll co-founded UK Black Pride, with the intention of uniting the Black and LGBT+ communities, with whom she now creates a series of events that spread unity, acceptance and understanding of the Black LGBT+ community.
Today, Phyll is a passionate Trustee of Stonewall and the Executive Director of the Kaleidoscope Trust – an organisation dedicated to advocating for the human rights of Transgender, Lesbian, Gay and Bisexual people worldwide. Believing that everyone deserves equal respect no matter their race, gender identity or sexual orientation, Phyll has been recognised for her passionate activism on the Independent on Sunday Pink List and the World Pride List. Phyll has also received the Black LGBT Community Award, been named the European Diversity Awards Campaigner of the Year 2017, appointed Grand Marshall of New York Pride 2019 and been nominated for the Big Society Award in 2012.
Publicly refusing an MBE in 2016, Phyll has made waves with her passionate activism for the human rights of the Black and LGBT+ communities. Uniting people with solidarity, Phyll uses her prominence to raise awareness of the importance of intersectionality and the racism that continues to plague society. Now booked as a speaker for a range of events, Phyll spreads messages surrounding Black Lives Matter and intersectionality, and why it is so vitally important to continue to fight for equality. Having formerly spoken for the likes of the Oxford Union, Phyll’s expertise is highly regarded across industries, making her an authoritative speaker no matter the occasion. When looking for an informed and emotive speech on intersectionality, racism, LGBT+ rights, diversity, inclusion and human rights, book Phyll Opoku-Gyimah.
Phyll Opoku-Gyimah is regularly booked to engage audiences at events, read their latest feedback below:
“Phyll is a brilliant and exceptional human rights advocate and is an expert in LGBT+ human rights, intersectionality, race and workers rights and a whole lot more”
“Phyll is a tour de force. A woman who vibrated with influence and uses it wisely. She creates exceptionally functional teams, nurtures everyone who works with or for her and continually inspires those around her to be the best they can be. She leads by example, is authentic, emotionally and intellectually intelligent, kind and creative. I hope I get to work with Phyll for a very long time”