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by Kitty Robson

Join us in celebrating the 50th anniversary of the first UK pride with this powerful photo series.

“This photography series is my exploration of love”, Blue Kizozo tells us, “and my main message to share is that Black and queer love is not a product of chaos it can simply exist in peace and human curiosity”. On the 50th anniversary of the first Pride march in the UK, where hundreds of LGBTQ+ people and their allies marched in London to protest a society where we were not safe to be ourselves, Blue’s series seems like a wonderful celebration. Overcoming fear for their own safety, the brave protesters in 1972 did all they could to make their voices heard, changing history forever, paving the way for the half a century of progress to come. Whilst there is still far to go, it’s so important to stop and celebrate how far we’ve come.

Inspired by movies like Moonlight, Blue wanted to create a photo series that captured the power and peace in queer Black love. Blue Kizozo explains: “Being Black and queer, I find it important that people like me are shown in the visual literacy, the concept of Black love in the media is presented as fragmented and a product of chaos (in Queen & Slim for example). Black love can exist in peace. Black queer individuals can experience peaceful love.”

“I find that platonic love and romantic love is blurred, that intimacy and comfort you have with someone can be quite abstract”, Blue describes, “Being young and in that sanctuary of self-discovery, it’s easy to try and dictate and alchemise the way that you feel, should feel and how you feel. I have the beautiful privilege to be in a place where I am surrounded by young people who are free with their emotional expression.”

Scroll down to take a look at Blue Kizozo’s powerful photo series celebrating queer Black love on this vital day, and follow Blue on Instagram here.

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