Labour Research (February 2016)

Union news

Gong rejected

Phyllis Opoku-Gyimah, head of political campaigns at the PCS civil service union and co-founder of UK Black Pride, has turned down an MBE in the New Year’s honours list.

She told DIVA magazine: “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 — LGBTQI people are still being persecuted, tortured and even killed because of sodomy laws, including in Ghana, where I am from, that were put in place by British imperialists.”

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