Women of colour make up the fabric of the UK, but their many contributions to society are often overlooked. Stereotypes abound – even in a modern, ‘woke’ age.

Phyll Opoku-Gyimah is a queer black feminist who co-founded UK Black Pride to celebrate LGBT+ people of colour. She famously refused an MBE in the New Year’s Honours List in 2016.

At the time, her reasoning was clear:

As a trade unionist, a working class girl, and an out black African lesbian, I want to stand by my principles and values.

I don't believe in empire. I don't believe in, and actively resist, colonialism and its toxic and enduring legacy in the Commonwealth, where – among many other injustices – LGBT+ people are still being persecuted, tortured and even killed because of sodomy laws… that were put in place by British imperialists.

I'm honoured and grateful, but I have to say no thank you.

With International Women’s Day just gone, indy100 spoke to ‘Lady Phyll’ about Black Panther, the pay gap and British women of colour.

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